About Us



The Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library are jointly managed by Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council.

We are proud guardians of our founders’ intention, inscribed on the outside of the building which states that:

The mental riches you may here acquire abide with you always’

Find out about our exciting plans to redevelop the Harris, #HarrisYourPlace, our history, architecture and much more below. 

 

#Harris Your Place

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Help us create the first blended museum, art gallery and library in the UK - a one in 100-year opportunity for the Harris.

Every day, almost 1000 people, from all walks of life, visit the Harris - just as our Victorian founders hoped they would.

But after 125 years of daily use, the Harris is tired.

You’ve told us what you want – Preston’s hidden collections on show, new spaces to enjoy, more opportunities to be inspired, and for the Harris to be your place. And here for the others who need it too - forever.

Now, with your help, we have a one in 100 year opportunity to make the Harris uniquely special again – for everyone.

#HarrisYourPlace

The UK’s first blended museum, art gallery & library.

Make your donation today.  Donate online here

Download a copy of our outline plans here.

Download Frequently Asked Questions about #HarrisYourPlace here

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The Harris today

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The Harris today and our vision for the future

The Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library are jointly managed by Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council.

We are proud guardians of our founders’ intention, inscribed on the outside of the building which states that:

‘The mental riches you may here acquire abide with you always’

The Harris is at a transformative point in its history, developing our #HarrisYourPlace project to create the UK's first blended museum, art gallery and library.  Find out more about it here.

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The history of the Harris

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The early days of the Harris Free Public Library and Museum.

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Architecture of the Harris building

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Discover more about this striking, Grade 1 Listed, Neo-Classical building

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The Roll of Honour

Roll of Honour in the Harris Museum & Art Gallery

Remembering those who gave their lives in the First World War

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Preston's Museums

 Red double-decker busLet us guide you through a jam-packed family day out!

 

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