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Museum of Wigan Life

Library Street, Wigan WN1 1NU, England
+44 1942 828128
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Fantastic

I visited a few years ago, there were many finds here, including some Roman finds and histories... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Marishious
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Exeter, United Kingdom
Small but perfectly formed

Pleasant and very helpful staff. There is always something to delight and interest you in this... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2018
Bikerdave117
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Welcome to the Museum of Wigan Life. The museum is Wigan's hidden gem with collections covering the whole history of the Borough and beyond. Our Ancient Egyptian exhibition has recently been featured on BBC 2's Immortal Egypt with Joann Fletcher. The permanent gallery explores local history with everything from the Roman settlement to Northern Soul at Wigan Casino. New displays highlight the area's famous industrial past 'Coal, Cotton and Canals' and earlier trades such as clock making and pewter ware. Find out how the Pit Brow Lasses shocked Victorian society, what's a lobby-gobbler and why are Wiganers known as pie-eaters? For children there's our Arts Award trail, mock Egyptian tomb, dressing up and activity table. The museum is housed in a beautiful Grade II listed building designed as a library in 1878 by Alfred Waterhouse, architect of London's Natural History Museum and Manchester Town Hall. You can walk in the footsteps of George Orwell who researched 'The Road to Wigan Pier' here in the 1930s or pop upstairs to Local Studies and discover your own family history with our friendly team.
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“northern soul” (6 reviews)
“worth a visit” (6 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 14:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Library Street, Wigan WN1 1NU, England
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+44 1942 828128
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited a few years ago, there were many finds here, including some Roman finds and histories discovered, such as old roads relating to Wigan and old army finds. On the top floor is also a lovely little library of old tombs and ancestry searching...More

1  Thank Marishious
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Reviewed 2 July 2018

Pleasant and very helpful staff. There is always something to delight and interest you in this excellent museum.

1  Thank Bikerdave117
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Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

After swimming we thought we’d take the boys for a look around the museum. It was quiet clean and there’s some beautiful and amazing exhibits on display. It’s well worth a visit and it definitely makes you reminisce and remember the older days . Some...More

1  Thank natwin333
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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

I remember when this wad Wigan library. I like the concept of a museum on local life but feel this museum could be improved upon to create a better attraction for the town.

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Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

All the staff are helpful and you can learn alot about wigan great place to vist would want to go again

1  Thank TrixteH
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

I visited the reference library on the upper floor last week, to do some research into my Family Tree. My research was totally spoilt by the behaviour of some 'regular' researchers, who seemed to think that they owned the place, and conversed and laughed loudly...More

2  Thank Almondson
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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

I took my grandaughter to the museum and we both thourerly enjoyed it finding out all about what happened and how we lived years ago looking at toys our mothers made for us as we hadnt much money to buy toys and samples of chocolates...More

3  Thank susit22
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

We found the staff to be very condescending and rude, in fact Wigan overall was a big disappointment. The museum, unless you are interested in the reading room upstairs (which is a lovely room to have a look at) , had little to offer. Okay...More

3  Thank Tasjan
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Reviewed 5 June 2017

Lovely little museum (free) and punching above its weight with a well displayed small but interesting Egyptian Collection. Nice little shop.

1  Thank Rhi3
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Reviewed 3 May 2017

On a Mayoral tour of Wigan by most of the Greater Manchester Mayors, we were taken to the Museum of Wigan Life and given a guided tour by the curator. As an "outsider" from Stockport, I had no idea of the richness of Wigan's history...More

3  Thank Dr_Chris_Gordon
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Management response:Responded 5 May 2017

Thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed your visit! look forward to seeing you again soon.

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sunbird41
10 August 2018|
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Response from Marishious | Reviewed this property |
Yes, across the road on King Street, I think; and you can use the Grand Arcade's with a short walk
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Lancs1234
1 August 2015|
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Response from Jonathan B |
Monday: 10am - 5pm Tuesday: 10am - 5pm Wednesday: Closed Thursday: 10am - 5pm Friday: 10am - 5pm Saturday: 11am - 3pm Sunday: Closed
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