City Museum

Display at the City Museum, Lancaster

Display at the City Museum, Lancaster

Opening times

Open Tuesday to Sunday (plus Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays through the summer holidays) 

10am to 5pm

No booking required

All areas of the museum are open!

Please see the web pages for our other museums to see their opening days and times.


For more information, please head on over to the City Museum Page on Visit Lancaster.

The City Museum is housed in Lancaster's former town hall, an elegant Georgian building constructed in 1781-3 to the designs of Major Thomas Jarrett and Thomas Harrison.

The museum itself was founded in 1923 and its collections illustrate the history and archaeology of the city of Lancaster. It is also home to the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum.

  • Discover more about Lancaster’s past from the Romans to the present day
  • Trace Lancaster's regimental history from 1680 onwards at the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum
  • See the wonderful collection of portraits and landscapes on display
  • Regularly changing exhibitions, events and activities for families


learning from the past

The Learning from the Past exhibition brings together our project outputs to tell a story about the efforts for peace and internationalism made by people across Europe during the interwar years and the impact of this shared heritage on young Europeans today.

Developed in collaboration with Lancaster City Museum, the exhibition features digitally displayed historical exhibits, as well as key heritage stories that emerged from the project and a range of new, original artwork from poetry to film to painting.



  • Admission free

Daily opening times

Monday 10am-5pm (Summer opening hours from 29 July to 26 August)
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

All museums are open on all bank holidays between Easter and October.

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Last updated: 08 November 2021