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Lancaster City Museum, Lancaster
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Lancaster City Museum is a museum in Lancaster, Lancashire, England. It is housed in the former town hall in the Market Square and includes the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum. The museum was founded in 1923, and its collections illustrate the archaeology and history of the city and surrounding areas. Among its highlights is the Lancaster Roman Tombstone, a memorial dating from c. 100 AD which was found locally in 2005. It depicts a Roman soldier on horseback with a decapitated opponent at his feet, and is described as "an iconic piece of Lancaster's dramatic past a crucial insight into the history of the county." The museum has expressed an interest in acquiring the Viking-era Silverdale Hoard, discovered in the City of Lancaster district in 2011, for its collection.The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council granted the museum "Accredited" status; since 1 October 2011 accreditation is a responsibility of Arts Council England.Lancaster Old Town HallThe Old Town Hall building in which the museum is housed is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building. It was designed by Major Thomas Jarrett and built between 1781-83, with a cupola added in 1782 to a design by Thomas Harrison. It was extended in 1871 and 1886. In 1910, the functions of the Town Hall were transferred to a new building in nearby Dalton Square. The old Town Hall was converted into a museum in 1923.
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TripAdvisor
  • This is a lovely museum including the museum of the Lancaster King's regiment. The gravestone of the Roman soldier which was unearthed about 10 years ago is fabulous 
  • we came in out of the cold, fascinating somme exhibition, there was an artist in residence who helped bring it to life. good snippets of local history to help us get our bearings 
  • A great place to visit over three floors. We only managed to cover 2 floors in the time we had set aside and it certainly didn't disappoint. Lots of interesting exhibits from years gone by. This is a ...  more »
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  • First visit - will definitely go again. Fascinating insight into local history
  • Excellent staff. Good exhibition about the Great War
  • Awesome for free!! We worth going.
  • A good place you can go if you want to kill some time. Just feel as though they need a little bit more.
  • Excellent museum with excellent historic information. And it's free!