Both of our maritime museums tell the stories of the people who have made (and lost) their lives at sea. You will discover how Lancashire's coastal towns and cities prospered from the world-wide trade that flowed in and out and how the rich produce continues to help feed the nation. You can also find out about the darker side of the county's maritime past, through the involvement in the slave trade and in the terrible disasters that have befallen so many.
The coastline and waters of Morecambe Bay are home to many species of marine life, plant life and birds. The Bay once supported a hugely successful fishing industry and overseas trade brought new wealth and new industries to Lancashire. New ports sprang up along the coastline and trade with America, the West Indies and the Baltic made Lancaster the fourth largest port in England by the 18th century.
Lancashire's coastal towns have seen massive changes over the last 200 years. The popularity of the seaside holiday during Victorian times in particular saw the growth of resorts such as Blackpool, Fleetwood, Lytham and Morecambe.
Lancaster Maritime Museum is an award-winning museum set within the former Port of Lancaster Custom House. Let us take you on a journey to discover all things nautical relating to the Morecambe Bay area.