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Harris Museum & Art Gallery

Exterior of Harris Museum

                 “The mental riches you may here acquire abide with you always”

Thus reads the inscription on the outside of the stunning grade I listed Harris Museum & Art Gallery, a phrase that means as much today as it did when the building first opened.

Since 1893, Preston Harris Museum & Art Gallery has been a popular place to visit in Lancashire and has enriched the lives of both its visitors and the local community. Hosting regular events, new exhibitions and weekly activities for both kids and adults, It offers a great day out for all the family.

Exploring The Harris

Step inside and you will find a treasure trove of fantastic art and fascinating objects to discover, with remarkable collections of fine art, fashion and textiles, ceramics, glass and history to explore. Boasting the largest gallery space in the Lancashire, you can quite easily while away a few blissful hours browsing through the fascinating displays of art and local history.

Don’t forget to call into the café and enjoy the inspirational setting and views up to the Egyptian balcony that will leave you in awe.

Artful Heights

Head up the dramatic staircase to explore two floors of art ranging from contemporary art to fine examples of 19th and 20th century paintings, sculpture, photography and more, including works by Stanley Spencer, George Romney, Walter Sickert, LS Lowry and the Preston-based Devis family.

The new and frequently changing exhibitions make sure there is never a dull moment featuring work by up-and-coming talent as well as locally, nationally and internationally renowned artists.

Discover Preston Through The Ages

Don’t miss the Discover Preston gallery which opened in 2012, devoted to celebrating what makes Preston special. From the 13,500 year-old Poulton Elk to the Preston Guild (the last remaining Guild celebration in the UK), take a trip through Preston’s past exploring the stories, people and events that shaped our city.

Events And Activities Galore

There is a packed events programme on all year round featuring:

  • New exhibitions
  • talks
  • guided tours
  • workshops by curators and experts
  • and more

There are also lots of things to do for the kids too with a mix of fun activities and events taking place at the weekend and during school holidays.

To find out more, check out their events calendar by visiting the Harris Museum & Art Gallery - What's On.



Opening Hours 

  • Monday 11.00am - 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 10.00am - 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 10.00am - 8.00pm
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm
  • Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm

IT Centre Computers open 9am daily, except Sundays 11am

Café and Shop

Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm except Wednesday 11.00am - 7.30pm & Sunday 11.00am-3.30pm

Please note we are closed on bank holidays

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Map Address For The Harris Museum & Art Gallery 

The Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Flag Market, Preston, PR1 2PP