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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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  • Easy to find this little Museum. I personally found there to be to much information to read (for one visit) .We had already done the Castle/Cathedral/Priory. So allow yourself more time if you want to...  more »
  • Its a decent museum, with some interesting exhibits regarding the city of Lancaster and surrounding areas. Some great Roman artefacts. Worth a visit if in area.  more »
  • We went into lancaster on Easter Sunday. It was raining and it seemed only the museum, castle and eateries were open. All the staff were really friendly. My little one took part in an Easter egg hunt ...  more »
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  • Really interesting museum with lots to see especially upstairs. Could do with better facilities though like toilets and a lift so you can take a pram upstairs.
  • Free entry to the local museum. Often has temporary exhibits on the ground floor which change every few months. Upstairs is the history of the area including some Roman relics and military exhibits. Worth a visit if you're visiting Lancaster or wanting to learn more about the city.
  • Very informative. Good selection of exhibits and friendly staff on hand to answer questions.
  • Good info about the history of Lancaster and the local regiment. Temporary exhibition was simulating. Pretty awesome for a free of charge museum in a small city.
  • Great museum, free admission and lots of interesting facts about the history of Lancaster!