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Booking Information: Information for when restrictions are lifted

What you need to know at a glance

We are excited to welcome you back to Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery. To ensure your safety and that of our team members, we will be making some changes to the way you visit and some areas of the Museum and Art Gallery may look a little different.

We are introducing an advance booking system to help us manage the number of people in the Museum and Art Gallery, limit queuing and reduce contact. Walk up bookings may be available, please enquire at the Museum reception on arrival. There will be enhanced cleaning, cleaning stations with hand sanitiser, Perspex screens have been installed and all staff fully trained in all new procedures and guidance.

Following Government guidance, as of 8th August 2020 it will be mandatory for you to wear a mask/face cover during your visit to the Museum.

Essential information for your visit

Opening Hours:
Wednesday 12 – 4:45pm
Thursday 12 – 4:45pm
Friday 12 – 4:45pm
Saturday 12 – 4:45pm

Entry to the Museum is free but to help us maintain social distancing we are limiting numbers into the Museum each day, please pre-book a timed entry slot either online or by calling 01254 667130. Walk up bookings may be available, please enquire at the Museum reception on arrival.

Please click on the Before you visit, What to expect during your visit, What we are doing, FAQ’s, Privacy Notice and Covid Secure Certificate in the links below for full details

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What to expect during your visit v4


What we are doing


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Covid-19 Libraries and Museum Privacy Notice


Covid Secure poster


Further Information

Getting to Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

The museum is located on the corner of Richmond Terrace and Museum Street.

For a location map please click here.

Blackburn can be reached by the M65 via the M6 or M61. If you are travelling from Preston, Blackburn can be reached on the A677, from Bolton on the A666 and from Chorley on the A674.


There are pay and display bays around the town centre and above the Mall shopping centre. Short-stay (1 hour) pay and display spaces are located on Richmond Terrace and Museum Street.

Group Visits

The museum is happy to accommodate group visits. These can either be self-led, as part of a school group visit or as a guided tour. A guided tour lasts approximately one hour and can include tea/coffee. For guided tour charges or further information on any of these options please contact the museum.


  • Gift Shop
  • Full disabled access
  • Children’s activities
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Refreshments available nearby
  • Near to train and bus stops
  • Learning sessions (see Learning section)

Visiting Blackburn

For full information about what Blackburn has to offer visitors please see VisitBlackburn website.


For directions and location use our map
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Videos about the collections

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

Phone, post and email contact details.
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