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The Harris will temporarily close from 5pm on Saturday 2 October.

Harris Museum and Art Gallery

Harris museum front

Harris Museum and Art Gallery opening times

The Museum and the Art Gallery are currently closed all week to help minimise risk to staff, during this initial reopening phase, for more information visit the Harris website.

Library opening times

  • Monday - 10.30am - 3.30pm
  • Tuesday - 10.30am - 3.30pm
  • Wednesday - 10.30am - 3.30pm
  • Thursday - 10.30am - 3.30pm
  • Friday - 10.30am - 3.30pm
  • Saturday - 10.30am - 3.30pm 
  • Sunday - Closed

Free entry

Discover the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in the heart of Preston

A great day out for all the family, the Harris Museum and Art Gallery is a treasure trove of fantastic art and fascinating objects. Come and explore our remarkable collections of fine art, costume and textiles, ceramics and glass and history, all housed in a stunning Grade I listed building.

Whether you have lived in the city all your life or are just visiting, Preston gallery is the place to come to discover what makes Preston special, including the remarkable ways in which Prestonians have changed the world. You can also see the Poulton Elk skeleton, the earliest evidence of human occupation in North West England, and much more, in a gallery filled with activities for all the family.

There's always something new to see with our vibrant programme of exhibitions that change regularly throughout the year. You will find the nearest car park at Preston Bus Station.

The Harris for kids

As well as plenty of activities you can enjoy in the galleries at any time, we also run special workshops and activities during the school holidays.

Little Hands On for children under 5 years old and their carers

Join us once a month and sing, play and create together - a real sensory experience using sound, touch, colour and even smell! The Harris Museum and Art Gallery provides more information of times and dates.

Young Harris for 12 - 16 years old

Young Harris meet on the first Saturday of each month. If you are aged between 12 - 16, fire your imagination and unleash your creative side at one of our workshops or projects.

For more information visit the Young Harris web page here or visit the blog or the Harris Instagram feed, to find out what the Young Harris has been up to.

The Harris for you

Want to delve deeper into history or uncover the stories behind the artworks?

There's something for all levels of interest -whether you just want to find out a bit more about some of the key events and people that have shaped our city (and some of the treasures found in the area) or whether you have a specialist interest in a specific artist or historical period.

Visit the Harris Museum website for details of tours, expert talks and events taking place.


The Museum Café is a beautiful setting in which to enjoy lunch, or simply take time out in the most striking architectural space in the city.

There is also a museum shop stocking gifts, books, toys and cards, many of which are inspired by the Harris' collections.


Blue badge parking is available in Jacson Street. There is a ramp at the museum entrance and you can borrow a wheelchair. All areas are wheelchair accessible with the exception of the Egyptian Balcony. Guide and assistance dogs are welcome. We have a ground-floor accessible toilet and baby-changing facilities.  

Other museums in Preston

To find out about other museums in Preston please see Visit Preston - Art Galleries and Museums.

Harris Museum and Art Gallery map address

Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP.

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