Harris Museum and Art Gallery

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Harris Museum and Art Gallery

Harris Museum and Art Gallery
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
A great day out for all the family, the Harris Museum Art Gallery & Library is a treasure trove of fantastic art and fascinating objects for all the family. Come and explore our remarkable collections of fine art, contemporary art, fashion, textiles, ceramics, glass and history, all housed in a stunning Grade I listed building in the heart of Preston ... and we're completely free to visit! We're open seven days a week throughout the year (closed Bank Holidays). Relax in our cafe in one of the most stunning surroundings in Preston and buy an unique gift or memento of your visit from our shop. There is also a Makerspace for visitors to book onto our shared art, craft and technology workshops. There is free wifi, disabled access and baby-changing facilities.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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TenMileBank
Downham Market, UK325 contributions
Well-presented traditional museum and art gallery
May 2021
We visited on the first day out of lockdown in May after booking online. The staff were friendly and we felt safe without any "Do this, do that, stand there!" which has been so prevalent recently. It is a traditional museum and art gallery with good displays. The art collection features a number of interesting landscapes by the likes of Lowry, Ginner and Newton although the shop could do with a better selection of postcards.
Entry is free so it represents excellent value with a modest donation.
Written 26 May 2021
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John S
63 contributions
Visit now to enjoy a quiet experience
May 2021
Just reopened with bookable two hour slots, which is just about enough time to enjoy most of what is on offer. The Preston history gallery is very interesting, with good mix of objects and text, plus archive clips of video - the bits about the Preston Guild were particularly good. Fine art collection of interest, though display and captions rather traditional. Currently also a fascinating section on how they might display their collection following restoration, with audience input requested. Because numbers are restricted we had a quiet visit, so could really concentrate of absorbing the information.
Written 20 May 2021
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FunkyFi1957
Preston, UK17 contributions
So interesting
Aug 2020 • Family
Loved this place and seeing all of Prestons history. The building itself is beautiful too. Great day out
Written 4 October 2020
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Stewart Hutcheon
Crossmichael, UK2 contributions
Incredible building, and well worth a visit
Sep 2020
I was taken aback at just how much I learned about Preston, and it's place in history. Amazing collection of ceramics. I had a great time, and will visit again, when I have more time to take it all in.
Written 9 September 2020
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Dee L
26 contributions
Interesting and unexpected - something for all the family
Nov 2019
My partner and I visited by chance when we were visiting Preston and were delighted with this interesting museum (and great little cafe).

There is a well set-out display of historical objects and information surrounding Preston and Lancashire, which we were spent most of our time.

Foucault's Pendulum is something that shouldn't be missed.

There's a gift shop available if that's of interest, though as I feasted of knowledge (rather than stuff to buy) cannot comment on this in detail.
Written 12 April 2020
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Jo-Anne E
Morecambe, UK294 contributions
Well spent rainy afternoon
Feb 2020
Family having been coming here for a while and on a wet Friday afternoon in February we visited. The building is stunning, accessible for all and has so much to see and do and has wifi. The Discover Preston area was excellent with lots of interactive activities.

There is something for everyone with fine & contemporary art, fashion & textiles, ceramics & glass. and history, all housed in a stunning Grade I listed building in the It's located in the heart of Preston, is open 7 days a week.

We then had hot chocolates and coffee's to warm up and looking up at the ceilings and the architecture was great.

We will definitely visit again when we're next in the area and look forward to seeing the new viewings they will have on offer.
Written 15 March 2020
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Nyrian
Chorley, UK37 contributions
Well done reception lass
Mar 2020 • Family
Was there with my daughter and two of her friends trying to get them to soak up some bloomin' culture for a change. Some drunk guy walked in, went straight to reception and asked the girl "are you pregnant?" She looked confused, as did we all. So he followed it up with "can i make you pregnant?" Me being nearly fifty and clearly chauvinistic (believing i needed to come to the rescue) was about to tell him off. However the girl at the desk calmly and firmly told him that this was a family place and if he was going to talk like that, he needed to leave. Whilst i don't think the guy was sober enough to appreciate her demeanour, i certainly was and glad the teenage girls with me got to see it. Anyway, that's all. Just wanted to post that.
Written 9 March 2020
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Biscuit989
Bury, UK78 contributions
Worth a trip up M61
Feb 2020
Really enyoyed the electic mix of fine art, ceramics and the building's fabulous interior.. Lots of curiosities to view - snuff boxes and smelling salt containers. Recommend this to anyone who has an interest in Victoriana and Edwardian art.
Written 26 February 2020
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Reg K
Preston, United Kingdom25 contributions
Always an experience
Feb 2020
The Harris Library is a true gem in the heart of Preston. Always worth a visit. It contains some really great art including paintings and sculpture and is family friendly with a smart cafe.
Written 26 February 2020
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carlhay29
Wigan, UK3 contributions
Fantastic
Feb 2020 • Family
Fantastic staff. They couldn't do enough for us. I recommend this place wholeheartedly. The young guy on the front desk was particularly helpful. He's a credit to them.
Written 22 February 2020
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Harris Museum and Art Gallery is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Mon 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM