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Explore Lancaster's golden age and rich maritime and natural history.
Overlooking the river Lune, and the fabulous Georgian architecture of St George’s Quay sits Lancaster Maritime Museum. The museum is housed in the Port of Lancaster Custom House and warehouse buildings which date from the second half of the 18th century. The buildings along the quayside developed around this time as a result of the success of overseas trade. Alongside of the museum are buildings which belonged to prosperous Quaker slave trader Dodshon Foster.
This now peaceful stretch of the river would once have bustled with ship building activity and the loading and unloading of goods. There is now an ever changing view across the river with the ebb and flow of the tide and the presence of the bird life which lives along its banks.
All museums are open on all bank holidays between Easter and October. Lancaster Maritime Museum will be closed Christmas Day (25th Dec) Boxing Day (26th Dec) and New Years Day (1st Jan).
Last admission to the Warehouse building is 40 minutes before closing. Last admission to the overall museum is 20 minutes before closing.
We regret that on some occasions access to upper levels may need be limited to ensure visitor safety in the event of an emergency. Please call or email the museum for more details.
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Free to local residents (within the LA1 to LA6 postcode areas), otherwise
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