The Maritime Museum

Custom House, St Georges Quay, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1RB

Explore Lancaster’s golden age and rich maritime and natural history. This is just a short 10-15 minute walk from a mooring on the Canal and close to Lancaster Castle.

Overlooking the river Lune, and the fabulous Georgian architecture of St George’s Quay sits Lancaster Maritime Museum. The museum is housed in the Port of Lancaster Custom House and warehouse buildings which date from the second half of the 18th century. The buildings along the quayside developed around this time as a result of the success of overseas trade.  Alongside of the museum are buildings which belonged to prosperous Quaker slave trader Dodshon Foster.

This now peaceful stretch of the river would once have bustled with ship building activity and the loading and unloading of goods. There is now an ever changing view across the river with the ebb and flow of the tide and the presence of the bird life which lives along its banks.

Opening times

Dec 2016 – 31st March 2017 1st April – 31st October 2017
Mon 12:30 – 4pm 11am – 5pm
Tue 12:30 – 4pm 11am – 5pm
Wed 12:30 – 4pm 11am – 5pm
Thur 12:30 – 4pm 11am – 5pm
Fri 12:30 – 4pm 11am – 5pm
Sat 12:30 – 4pm 11am – 5pm
Sun 12:30 – 4pm 11am – 5pm

All museums are open on all bank holidays between Easter and October. Lancaster Maritime Museum will be closed between Friday 23 December 2016 and Monday 02 January 2017.

Last admission to the Warehouse building is 40 minutes before closing. Last admission to the overall museum is 20 minutes before closing.

Please Note:

We regret that on some occasions access to upper levels may need be limited to ensure visitor safety in the event of an emergency. Please call or email the museum for more details.