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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  • The best museum of it's kind i have been too. Lots to look at and lots of interesting things to see/find out about. The local history bit is great with the displays. Excellent to say it is just for a ...  more »
  • Lots on military history displayed as well as an informative section on the giant munitions explosion and a detailed account of that three days to quench the fires.  more »
  • Many museum skirt around certain parts of the story, but you can't accuse Lancaster of doing that. The military section is crammed with stories, exhibits, first hand witness accounts and the odd Victo...  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!

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