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Harris Museum and Art Gallery

Harris Museum & Art Gallery Market Square, Preston PR1 2PP, England
+44 1772 258248
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Nice general rooms, poor feature rooms.

I come here every so often. and enjoy the painting and ceramic floors, however exhibits, such as... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Robyn C
Good museum and building

First visit but thoroughly enjoyed. The building itself is very regal and the interior as some... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
IAN O
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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.
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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Harris Museum & Art Gallery Market Square, Preston PR1 2PP, England
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+44 1772 258248
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"beautiful building"
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"local history"
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"foucault's pendulum"
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"civic pride"
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"changing exhibitions"
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"reference library"
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"industrial revolution"
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"worth a visit"
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"grade listed building"
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"souvenir shop"
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"lots of interesting things"
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"free entry"
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"city centre"
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"nice cafe"
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"little gem"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I come here every so often. and enjoy the painting and ceramic floors, however exhibits, such as the Harry Potter one, are major let downs. There was a distinct lack of accurate material, of an actual Harry Potter nature and just in the room itself....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First visit but thoroughly enjoyed. The building itself is very regal and the interior as some most interesting rooms and also a nice cafe.

Thank IAN O
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

child was excited by the advert on harry potter, but when we got there we found the displays far too advanced for children and not really about harry potter, mostly magic and history of magic. unhappy 10 yr old

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I used to get taken to the Harris Museum as a child and I have never lost my love for it. Although I moved out of Preston long ago I still try to visit the museum when I am in the area. There are some...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Iconic, ornate, grand building in the centre of Preston, The Harris Museum and Library is a must visit when in the City. Great place Free to enter, you have 3 floors of history and art which is surprisingly good. An updated History of Preston room...More

Thank Tony W
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Lovely old building with lots of interesting things to do and see for all ages. Very nice cafe as well.

Thank Hilary A
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

If you are going to Preston town centre, you really must go visit as it is a really good place for all ages to enjoy. Wonderful architecture both inside and outside, all in good condition. Modern museum with interesting local information, also collections of ceramics...More

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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

This is a great museum of local history. I found the exhibits about the Jacobite rebellion very interesting as well as the collection of pottery.

Thank Mossman19
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Really nice museum and library. Fascinating things to look at from the WW1 memorial on the staircases, the pendulum and interesting displays and artworks. The cafe is also lovely, a great selection including gluten free items and it's very good value for money too. I...More

Thank JET-SET-ALISON
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Do visit if nearby. Spectacular building interior and very welcoming staff. Interesting and surprising exhibits and paintings. Seek out the changing exhibitions. We recently saw the Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid exhibition and Preston Street Style. Entry is free and cafe good.

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Hi, The nearest car park is Preston Bus Station which is a couple of minutes walk away. Full details are on the Lancashire County Council website.
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