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Harris Museum and Art Gallery

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Address: Market Square, Preston PR1 2PP, England
Phone Number:
+44 1772 258248
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10:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Wed 10:00 - 20:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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Great Art Work

A collection of varied and many important works of art which are really worth viewing. The museum floor has also been rearranged showing many local artifacts and the history of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A collection of varied and many important works of art which are really worth viewing. The museum floor has also been rearranged showing many local artifacts and the history of cotton in Preston. Many live events now happening,music, workshops and a maker space, much for children and a cafe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Harris is fast becoming one of my favourite places to encounter contemporary art in the North West of England! Over the last few years the quality of exhibitions has rocketed. It is well worth setting a day aside in order to fall in love with this unique gallery and museums.

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Thank Jane B
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful traditional looking building in the heart of Preston. The exhibits are interesting and apparently change quite often. They are well laid out and I was particularly interested in the history of Preston - the information was very good but the guide was unable to give me any additional facts - disappointing but overall well worth a... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always a delight to visit the Harris with changing exhibits which are explained on information cards. Pauline in the yellow dress is a gem. The history of Preston section with the model of Horrocks factory is very relevant and of interest. I see absolutely no need for modifications to be made to the front entrance.

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Thank Janet M
Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Just re-visited the Harris, and can't say any more or less than I said 6 months ago. This place is an absolute delight to visit, with everything well set out and explained. Well worth an hour or two to explore and view in a peaceful, tranquil setting.

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

I had to write a review of this after going to today with my 7 year old son to do some research for a project he has to do for school, he needs to write about a city in England. He choose Preston as this is the city where his Dad and his family are from. So we went to... More 

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West Drayton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Nothing hugely exciting, but the large complex offers accessible art and old curios to discover and is worth spending an hour or two in. The building itself is magnificent with majestic staircases and dizzy interior views from on top with an Egyptian themed fresco at the very top. Yet another bit of heritage art and architecture I feel is rather... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

If you're looking for a little bit of culture and education in Preston, then the Harris Museum and Art Gallery is the perfect location. Really informative and I learnt a lot that I didn't know!

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

I visited here as I had been shopping and fancied a cuppa. The building is lovely and there are various collections such as the history of Preston and a clothes collection.Very informative and well worth a visit to learn about the local area. The library is also on the ground floor with the cafe. £1.50 for a tea served to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Great building with a little of everything. Some lovely victorian paintings and sculptures on permanent display. Saw a illustration exhibit which was very interactive and engaging for little kids. With colouring in and books etc. Great way to get kids into looking at art work. Staff were very welcoming. Nice cafe and a great community feel to the library right... More 

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