The Collections

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery houses a rich and fascinating collection of paintings, Japanese prints, Christian icons, medieval manuscripts, natural history specimens, egyptian artefacts and of course the local and social history of its hometown, Blackburn.

Find out more about the museum’s collections and view the image galleries below.

All images courtesy of Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery unless otherwise stated. Please contact the Museum for details of our commercial image licensing service.

RE Hart: Blackburn’s ‘Worthy Citizen’ Podcast

Listen to this podcast bringing to life Robert Edward Hart, Blackburn's 'Worthy Citizen', who left is collection of books and coins to the people of Blackburn on his death.
RE Hart: Blackburn’s ‘Worthy Citizen’ Podcast

Videos about the collections

Watch videos about the museum and its collections. Sir Brian Vickers speaks about the museum's Shakespeare folios.
Videos about the collections

Coins and Manuscripts

Bequeathed to the museum by local rope maker R.E Hart, the collection is one of the best collections of manuscripts and coins in the country.
Coins and Manuscripts

South Asian

South Asian collection was the first gallery of its kind in the country.
South Asian

Social History

3 galleries tell the history of Blackburn and the surrounding area.
Social History

Natural History

Birds, badgers and beetles delight in the Natural HIstory collection.
Natural History

Fine Art

Oil paintings, watercolours and one of the largest public collections of Japanese woodblock prints outside of London.
Fine Art

Egyptology

The dedicated Egyptology space, is home to the most requested and sought after item in the whole museum. The Mummy.
Egyptology

Decorative Arts

Blackburn Museum has a fascinating collection of Decorative Arts including icons, ceramics, textiles and furniture.
Decorative Arts