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Lancaster City Museum, Lancaster

Categories: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.2/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
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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  • Lovely museum with lots to see. Great afternoon out for the family. I took my children and they enjoyed learning about the history of Lancaster and England. Free entry to the museum and a nice little ...  read more »
  • Ground floor displays of local men who fought in the battle of the somme and history of the local regiment and the part it played in the battle. First floor an excellent museum of the local regiment f...  read more »
  • The museum is well displayed and interpreted, well worth a visit, especially since it is free. However, it is a very good museum and you will definitively learn something from your visit. Highly recom...  read more »
  • First visit - will definitely go again. Fascinating insight into local history
  • A good place you can go if you want to kill some time. Just feel as though they need a little bit more.
  • I think the thing with a small city you have to realise is that it's a small city.... So the museum isn't massive or packed with loads of excellent exhibits. It's nice enough though, and quite interesting - a lot of words and pictures, less real exhibits. Still, I went away feeling happy enough.
  • It's small, but noice
  • Free entry , and great little area for kids , dress up and few games :)
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