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Museums and Art Galleries

Blackburn Museum

From books to beetles and from mummies to machinery, Blackburn Museum and Art gallery has something to intrigue and inspire all ages. This beautiful Grade II listed building is internationally renowned for its unique collection of coins, manuscripts and books gifted by local notable Robert Edward Hart (1876-1946), which cannot be matched by any public collection outside London.

Originally opened in 1874, the Museum now houses an eclectic mix of modern displays focusing on Hart’s treasures, the history of Blackburn, the Egyptian mummy, Japanese prints, fine and decorative art and the Bowdler collection of world beetles. It also incorporates the Lewis Textile Museum, a fascinating collection of machines and memories from Blackburn’s heyday as a major player in the cotton industry.

A lively programme of changing exhibitions and fun, educational events make the Museum the perfect attraction for all the family.

Museum Street, Blackburn BB1 7AJ, Tel: 01254 667130,

The Chapel Galleries

The Chapel Galleries at The Bureau, Centre for the Arts is a bijou gallery situated within a Grade II listed disused Georgian Church in the centre of Blackburn. They have had various exhibitions including collage, sculpture and photography as well as film and art auction events.

The ethos of the gallery is to make art available for free to the inhabitants of Blackburn and beyond. 

The Bureau Centre for the Arts, St John’s Church, Victoria St., Blackburn BB1 6DW


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