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Maritime Museum

View of the Maritime Museum

View of the Maritime Museum

Explore Lancaster’s golden age and rich maritime and natural history.

Lancaster Maritime Museum occupies two historic buildings on St. George's Quay, the city's main 18th century harbour.

It was opened in 1985 and has won many awards. The former Custom House of 1764, designed by Richard Gillow, contains displays on the history of the Port of Lancaster and the local fishing industry, with a gallery for exhibitions.

In the adjacent warehouse are displays on the Lancaster Canal and the ecology of Morecambe Bay.

Several preserved vessels are also displayed, including 'Sir William Priestley' and 'Coronation Rose'.

There is a cafeteria and shop and parking is available at the rear.

Exhibitions and collections

For details of current exhibitions and collections please see the Lancaster Maritime Museum website.

School visits

There are many activities on offer for schools at the Maritime Museum:

Package your pupils' experience with a number of activities available for both Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. Through active participation, roleplay and object handling sessions, your pupils will discover over 1000 years of local history - from Viking settlers to the transatlantic slave trade. They will also learn about the history of the Lancaster Canal and the important traditions of fishing in Morecambe Bay and the perils of crossing its shifting sands.

Information for schools and teachers


The museum is fully accessible to all visitors with lift access to the upper floors. We regret that on some occasions access may need be limited to upper levels to ensure visitor safety in the event of an emergency. Please call or email the museum for more details before your visit.

Opening times and admission

Please see the Lancashire Museums website for current opening times and admission charges.

The museum is open daily. Admission is free for local residents (with proof of address).

Friends of Lancaster Maritime Museum

Visit the Friends of Lancaster Maritime Museum website or contact them by email at christopher.oxborrow@mypostoffice.co.uk



Lancaster Maritime Museum
Custom House
St George's Quay




01524 382264

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