About Us

The Harris Museum & Art Gallery is a Preston City Council Service.

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’

Since 1893, The Harris has enriched the lives of our visitors and the local community by creating links between people, collections and exhibitions, by celebrating creativity and stimulating learning … something that continues today!

Our vision is to extend our reputation as an outstanding museum and art gallery that is distinctive, ambitious, audience-focused and open to change.


The Harris today

Harris Fine Art Gallery photo

The Harris today and our vision for the future

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The history of the Harris

Photo of outside of Harris building

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

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Architecture of the Harris building

Photo of the balconies Inside the Harris

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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Harris Museum and Art Gallery

Market Square,
PR1 2PP 

T 01772 258248 (office 10am-4pm)
T 01772 905414 (event bookings)
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Please note we will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday, 1st May,
and on Wednesday 3rd May until 12.30pm for essential staff training.

Museum, Art Gallery, Library & Makerspace

Mon 10am-7pm
(Museum/Art Gallery 11am-5pm)

Tue 10am-5pm

Wed 10am-8pm
(Library 10am-7pm)

Thur 10am-5pm

Fri 10am-5pm

Sat 10am-5pm

Sun 11am-4pm

IT Centre Computers open 9am daily, except Sundays 11am

Café and Shop
Daily 10am-4pm, except Sundays 11am-3.30pm

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