When is the Harris Museum open?

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm 

Wednesdays 9am - 8pm

Sundays 11am - 4pm 

Please note our art gallery on the second floor opens at 10am.


There may be additional days on which we are closed at Christmas, Easter and New Year. Please telephone us on 01772 258248 to confirm that we are open if you intend to visit at this time of year.

How much does the Harris Museum cost to visit?

Admission to the Museum and all exhibitions is free of charge for everyone.

There is a charge for groups (such as schools or art groups etc.) which wish to have a tour or take advantage of special services. Please telephone our Education Officer on 01772 905405 to find out more.

There is also often a small charge for some special events such as art workshops or tours. These will be made clear on any publicity for the event including information provided online.

How do I exhibit my work at the Harris Museum?

The Harris Museum provides opportunities for local artists in a number of ways, as follows:

The Stairway Exhibition area

The Stairway exhibition area is used for shows of work by up and coming artists, usually from the locality or from the North West region. We receive many hundreds of applications each year for exhibitions in this area.
Please note, we are currently reviewing the stairway and are not currently accepting any new applications.

The Harris Open

This exhibition usually takes place once a year, generally in November, December or January. Anyone living in the Preston City Council area can submit a work for exhibition, whether they are a professional or amateur artist, but we are unable to accept work by artists living further afield.
We are also able to sell your work at this exhibition if you would like to do so. To find out about this year's exhibition, contact the Museum in early Novevmber for an exhibition application form.

How can I contact the Harris Library?

The Harris Library and Harris Museum and Art Gallery are separate organisations. If you would like to contact the library, which is run by Lancashire County Council, please ring 0300 123 6703 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Can you value a work of art for me?

Museums are not allowed to provide valuations of works of art or historical artefacts but there are a number of professional valuers in the North West who may be able to help you. We cannot recommend a particular firm and the following list is for your guidance only:
Capes Dunn 01253 796245
Christies 0645 00 1766
Phillips 01244 313936/7

Alternatively, look in the Yellow Pages, under 'Auctioneers'.

Can you identify an item for me?

We are sometimes able to help you identify items such as ceramics, glassware, textiles, paintings and historical artefacts. However, we are not allowed to provide valuations. If you would like to have an item identified, please telephone the Museum Office on 01772 258248 and ask to make an appointment.

Please note that curators are only available Monday to Friday and that appointments are essential.

How do I get to the Harris Museum?

Take a look at the Your Visit pages, particularly getting here for a Google map and details of how to get to the museum - we look forward to welcoming you!

How can I find out about working in museums?

The best place to obtain information about careers in museums and galleries is from the Museums Association. This is the professional body for museum staff which also publishes the monthly Museums Journal and Recruitment Supplements in which many jobs are advertised.

You do not need to be working in a museum already to join the Association and there is a 10% discount if you join on line.

The Museums Association also produces a number of publications including the Museums Yearbook which you can find in most libraries and which gives the names and addresses of most museums in Britain.

Associate membership of the MA is open to people working in museums who have completed an appropriate amount of Continuing Professional Development. Routes to Associate membership vary according to qualifications and experience and you can get details from the MA.

The Museums Association
42 Clerkenwell Close
London EC1R 0PR

Telephone: 0207 608 2933

University Courses

A number of universities offer post-graduate training courses in Museum and Gallery Studies. Details can be found in the Museums Yearbook. Some of these courses are accredited by the Museums Association and can enable graduates to take a shorter route to becoming an Associate. Contact the Museums Association for a list of accredited courses.

How can I become a volunteer at the Harris Museum?

Contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01772 905407 for details of volunteer opportunities which include working as a guide or information assistant, helping with marketing and behind the scenes work with the museum collections.

Who runs the Harris Museum and Art Gallery?

The Harris Museum is part of Preston City Council. Additional funding is sometimes sought for individual projects such as exhibitions and outreach projects. Click here for a list of our current funders and supporters.

Is the Museum accessible to disabled people?

Disabled parking (Blue badge) is available adjacent to the Museum entrance and an accessible toilet is located on the ground floor.

The Museum is entirely accessible to wheelchair users with the exception of the Egyptian Balcony. A touch-screen interactive is available on the second floor which illustrates the balcony designed for ease of use by wheelchair users. It also features subtitles and British Sign Language.

An assisted audio system is available for talks, designed to assist both those who wear hearing aids and those who do not.

Large print and audio versions of our printed leaflets are available on request.

For full details of our services for people with disabilities, please contact us on 01772 258248 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How can I take a guided tour of the Museum?

General tours of the Harris building and of the Egyptian Balcony (the latter only for those aged over 10 years) take place regularly and must be booked in advance. There is a small charge.
To book a place, call 01772 905414.

How can I find out what is on show at the Museum?

To see up to date details of all of our exhibitions and events visit our What's On section, or pick up a copy of our latest Exhibitions & Events brochure.

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