Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

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Market Square

  • Museum Office: 01772 258248
  • Event bookings (when museum is open): 01772 905414

Located in the heart of Preston in a beautiful Grade I listed building, the Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library hosts a huge range of free exhibitions as well as events and activities for all ages.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Museum & Galleries Galleries open: Monday 11am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday Closed For information on our free and paid ticketed events please visit Harris Eventbrite or our What's On page Library Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm Wednesday Open late until 7pm Sunday Closed Café Monday to Saturday 9am - 4.30pm Sunday Closed Bank Holidays Library and Learning Centre are closed on all Bank Holidays.


Free admission to all exhibitions. Small charge for special events and activities.

Travel directions:

How to get here by car: Follow M6 to Junction 31 (signposted Preston) Follow signs for A59 Preston Continue up a steep hill (Brockholes Brow) At small roundabout carry straight on towards city centre (New Hall Lane) Continue until you reach a T-junction at traffic lights (opposite Sainsbury's Homebase) and turn right. Carry straight on through a Pelican crossing and another major set of traffic lights. Get in the left hand lane and turn left for Bus Station car park down Percy Street. The entrance to the car park is up a ramp about 3/4 of the way down this road. You are close to the ramp entrance when you see the ramp going over the road in front you. If you miss the left turn onto Percy Street there is another one for the same car park at the next set of traffic lights (by the Holiday Inn). Turn left at the lights and second left up the ramp into car park. Car park is pay and display. From car park on foot: Follow signs to Guild Hall/City Centre. You will go down an escalator (or use lift) At the bottom of the escalator turn 180 degrees and proceed through the Guild Hall shopping arcade (past a ticket booking kiosk under the escalator). When you reach the Guild Hall exit, you will see the back of the Harris Museum directly in front of you. There are entrances on the right and left hand sides of the building on Harris Street and Jacson Street. When inside, you will find the Museum Office on the first floor. A lift is available. How to get here from the railway station: There are regular trains to Preston from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, East Lancashire and Lancaster etc. The Harris is a ten minute walk from the station. Leave the station at the main exit (next to ticket office) and walk up the concourse. Turn right onto Fishergate. Carry on straight ahead, crossing Butler Street on your right at the traffic lights. Continue straight along Fishergate past the shops (Woolworth’s, HMV, M&S etc.) until you reach Boots on the right hand side. Turn left on to the Market Square and the Harris is straight opposite you.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Mail order service available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Refreshments
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchairs available for loan
  • High chairs in café/restaurant
  • Meeting room available
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas
  • Wi-fi available
  • Library with public access

Facilities information:

Get involved: For young people - why not join Young Harris, our monthly meeting for young people interested in the arts or take part in the Arts Award? Friends of the Harris - for only £15 membership per year, Friends enjoy exclusive events, trips and discounts in the shop/cafe and at special Harris events. See our website for more details.


  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • Guided tours
  • Induction loops in exhibition spaces
  • Information point provided
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Sign language interpretation available
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
  • Community outreach programme/service
  • Online teaching materials available
  • Audio guides specifically for blind and partially sighted people

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