Lancaster Maritime Museum
Lancaster Maritime Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsArt MuseumsHistory Museums
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Discover all about Lancaster and Morecambe’s relationship with water; the challenging lives of those living and working in the places between land and sea, and how our inland waterways have shaped our lives, work, and leisure. We uncover the legacy of the Transatlantic slave trade on this proud, historic city and show how the Quay was once a bustling place of trade.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Cls
    10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Restful and interesting
    The staff were welcoming and happy to answer any questions. The museum is a quiet space with lots of interesting information and photo ops. The tea room is lovely for a rest and proper tea leaf tea. 😍
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Millie024
    Llantwit Major, United Kingdom477 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    In the former customs house.
    We were fortunate to be able to park by the river not far from the museum, so were in good spirits when we arrived. The custodian was welcoming and very pleasant and recommended the lift to the top floor where we found the quiet cafe. Duly refreshed, we watched a short film about the history of Lancaster and Morecombe, and looked at the display about drownings crossing Morecombe Bay, and about hoards found locally. By accident we missed the middle floor, but did look at the ground floor, where there was a mock up of a fisherman’s kitchen and a recording playing of a woman recounting her days as a fisherman’s wife, emphasising the uncertainty of their income.The shop had some attractive cards for sale and was more up market than many museum shops. Best of all, it didn’t smell unpleasantly of scent. The price of entry was a reasonable £2 for a concession, and free for a local resident, though there are to be price rises soon we are told, with locals charged. If you live in Lancaster, now is the time to visit your city’s museums.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Rashedazd
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem in Lancaster - Maritime Museum
    A hidden gem in Lancaster - a well displayed museum that gives a complete history of the local sea heritage. There was a film that gave a brief history on the area with lots of hands on activities for the children and a nice cafe for adults with real cafetière coffee. Well worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 15, 2023
  • ahappytraveller2
    110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth visiting this little gem of a museum.
    Wonderful museum, beautifully laid out with so much history to learn or expand upon, yet done in a most interesting and informative way. Cafe serves pots of tea with tea leaves & strainer, a nice touch. Lovely staff too. I hope more people take the 10 min or less stroll from the bus depot to explore it. We'll worth visiting.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 6, 2023
  • anm53
    Stourbridge, United Kingdom285 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting exhibits
    If you are interested in the sea or Lancaster’s history as a trading port this museum is one for you. There is plenty to see with interesting exhibits including more up to date information about the gas drilling in Morecambe Bay. The museum is also seeking to engage with the uncomfortable fact that some of Lancaster’s historic wealth was derived from the slave trade. Friendly staff. Free entry if you have the Art Pass. There is a small cafe, which is handy as the museum is about 10 or 15 minutes walk from the city centre.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 15, 2024
  • Lynn Mills
    Liverpool, United Kingdom1,011 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a look
    All museums are worthy of support, including Lancaster. Go with an open mind. There are a few displays. Could expand a bit more. Great for a coffee. There are toilets. The gift shop was a little disappointing. As a magnet collector, I failed to find one with the museum on it. Plenty for Morcambe?
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 5, 2024
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Millie024
Llantwit Major, UK477 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We were fortunate to be able to park by the river not far from the museum, so were in good spirits when we arrived. The custodian was welcoming and very pleasant and recommended the lift to the top floor where we found the quiet cafe. Duly refreshed, we watched a short film about the history of Lancaster and Morecombe, and looked at the display about drownings crossing Morecombe Bay, and about hoards found locally. By accident we missed the middle floor, but did look at the ground floor, where there was a mock up of a fisherman’s kitchen and a recording playing of a woman recounting her days as a fisherman’s wife, emphasising the uncertainty of their income.The shop had some attractive cards for sale and was more up market than many museum shops. Best of all, it didn’t smell unpleasantly of scent. The price of entry was a reasonable £2 for a concession, and free for a local resident, though there are to be price rises soon we are told, with locals charged. If you live in Lancaster, now is the time to visit your city’s museums.
Written August 3, 2023
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Ian M
Backworth, UK448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
it was unfortunate that only the Custom House element was open due to staff shortages but this did not affect our experience. The museum is situated by the River Lune and is only a short walk from the city bus station. There is a variety of display boards to read along with exhibits which details the fascinating history of Lancaster and Morecambe.
Written July 17, 2022
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Sam3314
Derby, UK2,089 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The maritime museum is a few minutes walk down hill from the railway station. The museum is over a few floors and there is lift access to the upper floors. A good cafe for light bites is in the Warehouse. The museum offers a good video introduction to Lancaster and Morecambe Bay and then tells of the maritime history with a good range of exibits. Some interactive exhibitions and good displays. Interesting and well presented story of the Triangle Trade which is sensitively told.
Written November 2, 2022
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Jennifer44
Dumfries and Galloway, UK39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We were surprised to realise we were staying round the corner and on the morning we chose to go into the town centre we waited an hour for a taxi and none came so although the city centre is walkable we decided to stay local. Visited the castle, roman baths and the this museum. Very good and learned a lot about the area and Lancaster
Written May 18, 2023
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anm53
Stourbridge, UK285 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
If you are interested in the sea or Lancaster’s history as a trading port this museum is one for you. There is plenty to see with interesting exhibits including more up to date information about the gas drilling in Morecambe Bay. The museum is also seeking to engage with the uncomfortable fact that some of Lancaster’s historic wealth was derived from the slave trade. Friendly staff. Free entry if you have the Art Pass. There is a small cafe, which is handy as the museum is about 10 or 15 minutes walk from the city centre.
Written April 15, 2024
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Rashedazd
Huddersfield, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
A hidden gem in Lancaster - a well displayed museum that gives a complete history of the local sea heritage. There was a film that gave a brief history on the area with lots of hands on activities for the children and a nice cafe for adults with real cafetière coffee. Well worth a visit.
Written August 15, 2023
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ss77
Lancaster, UK257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
This was an amazing museum we will definitely be coming back. There were lots of facts to learn about. You could also do a trail which was fun. The boat sculptures were amazing. The staff were very welcoming, and a little boy told us lots of facts about the museum. There were also lots of games on the 3rd floor. And,at the end there was a cafe but we didn't visit it. We had the museum all to ourselves.
Written August 3, 2022
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Goshawk200
Hoylake, UK122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
An interesting little museum and learnt a lot about the Morecambe Nobbies and about the Waterwitch. Friendly staff. Some great posters of the old steam ferries. Sitting in the fisherman’s kitchen and listening to the oral histories was very interesting
Written July 4, 2021
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Susan J
Kendal, UK121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Very well laid out museum containing lots of interesting info about trade, shipbuilding and fishing in the Lancaster and Morecambe area. Information on Lancaster's involvement in the slave trade. Located a short pleasant walk from the city centre.
Written March 12, 2023
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Katy M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Visited as a couple but children would love this as lots of interactive exhibits including:dressing up and taking your own photo, pressing buttons to find out more, interesting but short videos, fascinating photographs and so much more. Quite a few stairs to climb to reach the top floors but stools placed strategically along the way for People to rest, not a problem for us but maybe a challenge for others (there is a lift but it wasn't working when we visited so maybe worth checking if you can't manage stairs). Definitely worth a visit and great value for money with a lovely cafe and gift shop. I would revisit.
Written August 14, 2022
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