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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
  • Plenty of Interesting and unusual things to see on your visit. Ideal in wet weather and suitable for all the family.  more »
  • right in the middle of the town, its a must to visit, local history blended with history from further a field, helpful staff and wheelchair friendly, we was on a flying visit so was all a tad rushed, ...  more »
  • Totally got the eebie geebies when i was in here as the photo exhibition told you a lot of things that went on in the building! Never been in the Town Hall before but it is a beautifil old building!  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!