Maritime Museum - Lancaster

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Maritime Museum - St Georges Quay
Maritime Museum - St Georges Quay

This museum will provide an amazing understanding of the origins of Lancaster and Morecambe. From the Golden Age in the 18th Century and ship building and international trade to the area and city as it is today.

Hard to distinguish, the museum is based in the Customs House

Video - Highlight

Don't miss the video that plays in a theater area on the top floor as it pulls together the areas history in a wonderful way.

The video uses pictures and narration to details to history and growth of Lancaster in relation to the local ship building industry, maritime technology, cotton industry and slavery (Trade Triangle). Plus the local area and the impact of waves of transport innovation from canal to rail and motorway and port services.

Wall boards

Typically wall displays provide greater insight into the main them of display area and they will include several relevant photographs and contextual information. Items are attached to the boards as well as summaries of these.

Key Themes

Some key themes of the museum are

  • Cross bay transport - horse drawn carriages
  • Ship building industry (wooden) rise and decline
  • International trade sources of raw materials, manufacturers and processed goods
  • St Georges Quay - warehousing, transport and early packaging technology
  • Local fishing, spawning migrations, salt making and seafood industry
  • Slave trade and Lancaster's role
  • Canal transport of goods and people and barge building
  • Rail network and Bay tourism - entertainment and hotels
  • Heysham harbour and port
  • Natural world - local weather, air quality and flood defenses
  • Natural Gas fields and wind power


Lancaster Maritime Museum is a VAQAS Quality Assured Visitor Attraction.

The museum is fully accessible to all visitors with a lift access to the upper floors, however, please contact prior to ensure access is available.

Hearing loops are provided.

There are audio interactives on all levels of the museum, as well as computer based interactives in large print.

The bay next to the door of the museum includes one disabled space with dropped curve which is less than 20 meters from the door. The pavement to the museum is flat with concrete paving slabs in good repair. Again, this parking does not belong to the museum but is public parking and so spaces cannot be guaranteed.


Accessible toilets on ground floor - a handrail on the door reduces the space available and door has a clear opening of 73cm/29 inches.

Assistance dogs are welcome

Lancaster Maritime Museum
Custom House
St Georges Quay
Dec to End Mar
12:30 - 4pm
Apr - End Oct
11am - 5pm
Open all bank hols


Open year round
Single person friendly
Family friendly
Children welcome
Suits pre-school
Suits primary
Suits secondary
Disabled spaces
Off-site parking
Free parking
Near car park
Local park and ride
All areas accessible
Guide dogs permitted
Parking areas for disabled
Ramp or level access
Toilets for disabled people
Assistive listening system
Quality Assured Visitor Attraction

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