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Harris Museum and Art Gallery

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Address: Market Square, Preston, England
Phone Number: +44 1772 258248
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A great day out for all the family, the Harris Museum & Art Gallery is...

A great day out for all the family, the Harris Museum & Art Gallery 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). Visit our website for details of all the latest exhibitions and talks, tours, workshops and family activities. 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 free wifi, disabled access and baby-changing facilities.

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Good couple of hours exploring

I was visiting the city centre today, so I thought I'd take the kids (4+6) to the Harris while in town. I did not feel the kids where out of place, and they were talking and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I was visiting the city centre today, so I thought I'd take the kids (4+6) to the Harris while in town. I did not feel the kids where out of place, and they were talking and questioning all the paintings and pieces around. There are 3 floors, toilets and a cafe. My son enjoyed the Tom Finney area, and my... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the Harris when my family came to visit one wet day this week. I haven't been in there for several years, but always had great respect for it. We found there were lots to do, a brilliant top floor dedicated to children's writer and illustrator Michael Foreman was a real draw to the kids. Lots of interactive things... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous building, displays are just glass cases full of bits of pretty glass and ceramics etc with little information other than who they were bequeathed by. Paintings mostly Victorian, which is fine, but accompanied by very dry facts about the artist. The whole place looks in need of a major facelift.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The first surprise that the museum was open Sunday afternoon ..we were visiting family in the area..I grew up near Preston and worked for a while there but now live 200 miles away . The last time we visited the museum it was closed on Sunday. Once inside there was lots of interest..actually needed to prob spend more time there... More 

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Potsdam, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love popping in here when in town...a relaxing brew in the cafe, a chance to see Foucault's pendulum (nice thing to explain to kids if you have any in-tow). The museum always has something interesting to look at and certainly spans the ages of Preston and Lancashire.

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Thank Dragon1963
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An eclectic collection of art, with a smattering of laser paintings by well known artists such as Lowry, Freud, Riley etc.

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Thank Crustyoxford
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Harris is a pretty small museum but there's always something new to discover - check the current exhibitions. I like to pop in when I'm in Preston and have a cuppa in the lovely little cafe. Nice place!

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Best known in days gone by for the excellent historical costume and fabric designs. In keeping with the history of the mills in Preston and the surrounds. The Harris also has some amazing local artwork as well as an every changing programme, which continues to be child inclusive and friendly. Plenty of activities to bring every exhibit to life.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

If you are in Preston and have a couple of hours to burn this is the place to go. Interesting exhibits, nice building and its all free, can't ask for more than that!

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

The Harris is delivery good if you love to see Museums it alway doing something different you enjoyed it and it a good place to when the weather is not to good

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