Museums and Art Galleries

Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery 

Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery are excited to welcome you back from 15th July 2020. 

To ensure your safety and that of our team members, we will be making some changes to the way you visit and some areas of the Museum and Art Gallery may look a little different.

We are introducing an advance booking system to help us manage the number of people in the Museum and Art Gallery, limit queuing and reduce contact. Walk up bookings may be available, please enquire at the Museum reception on arrival. There will be enhanced cleaning, cleaning stations with hand sanitiser, Perspex screens have been installed and all staff fully trained in all new procedures and guidance.

Following Government advice regarding the wearing of face coverings in shops and enclosed public spaces we recommend you wear a mask/face covering during your visit to the Museum.

 Entry to the Museum is free but to help us maintain social distancing we are limiting numbers into the Museum each day, please pre-book a timed entry slot either online or by calling 01254 667130. Walk up bookings may be available, please enquire at the Museum reception on arrival.

Examples from the William Morris Exhibition

About the 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.

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

Opening Hours:
Wednesday: 12 – 4:45pm
Thursday: 12 – 4:45pm
Friday: 12 – 4:45pm
Saturday: 12 – 4:45pm

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