Lancaster Maritime Museum

Custom House, St Georges Quay, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1RB

Tel: 01524 382 264 Email:

The lift will not be operational from Friday 16th – Monday 19th March. This means that visitors in wheelchairs or people with prams who require the lift will not be able to access the Warehouse & café or 1st floor Customs House (2 out of 3 museum areas).

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.

Opening times

Closed 23 December 2017 to 2 January 2018.

Open from 3 January.

5 November 2017 - 31 March 2018 

Day Times
Monday 12:00 16:00
Tuesday 12:00 16:00
Wednesday 12:00 16:00
Thursday 12:00 16:00
Friday 12:00 16:00
Saturday 12:00 16:00
Sunday 12:00 16:00

All museums are open on all bank holidays between Easter and October. Lancaster Maritime Museum will be closed Christmas Day (25 December) Boxing Day (26 December) and New Years Day (1 January).

Last admission to the warehouse building is 40 minutes before closing. Last admission to the overall museum is 20 minutes before closing.

Please Note:

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.

Admission charges

Save money with our Xplorer multi-pass tickets.

Free to local residents (within the LA1 to LA6 postcode areas), otherwise

  • Adults £3.00
  • Concessions £2.00
  • Accompanied children free   

What's on

See what's on Lancaster Maritime Museum


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Gift shop
  • Disabled toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome

Resources for schools

Museum Friends

Access statement

The access statement describes the access, facilities and services that we offer.