Blackburn

United Kingdom



Address:
Museum St

BB1 7AJ
Phone: 01254 667130
Fax: 01254 685541
Website: www.blackburn.gov.uk/museums

Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery is described as mildly Gothic with touches in the direction of Arts and Crafts. It is a beautiful building sited in the town centre, near the Town Hall. It is best known for being a treasure house of the Hart bequest, the unique collection of local notable Robert Edward Hart (1876-1946). His gift of coins, manuscripts and books cannot be matched by any public collection outside London and give the museum its international reputation. Opened in 1874 originally as a purpose built museum and library, the space is now entirely devoted to modern displays of Hart’s treasures, the history of Blackburn, the Egyptian Mummy, South Asian culture, Fine and Decorative Art and the Bowdler collection of world beetles, among other sights. With the lively programme of exhibitions and events for all the family, visitors will want to return again and again


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Permanent Collection

It is best known for being a treasure house of the Hart bequest, the unique collection of local notable Robert Edward Hart (1876-1946). His gift of coins, manuscripts and books cannot be matched by any public collection outside London and give the museum its international reputation.Opened in 1874 originally as a purpose built museum and library, the space is now entirely devoted to modern displays of Hart’s treasures, the history of Blackburn, the Egyptian Mummy, South Asian culture, Fine and Decorative Art and the Bowdler collection of world beetles, among other sights.


Exhibitions

Please see www.blackburn.gov.uk/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.15045 for details of current and forthcoming exhbitions.


Previous Exhibitions

What Makes Me Laugh?
June 9 - September 1

Photographs and text portraying a positive image of Muslims using the elements of fun and laughter, by Christine Dawson in collaboration with Masitah Ghazali, Sara Khan and Lancaster University Islamic Society.

Wonderland Revisited
June 30– September 1

Wonderland Revisited is the second exhibition in the year focusing on Bozena Douthwaite’s collection which features her larger artworks.

Wedge Art Project
June 23 – September 15

New and exciting artworks by students from the Borough in a summer long exhibition




Cost

Admission free


Opening hours

Tuesday - Saturday
10 am - 4.45 pm
Closed Sundays & Mondays and all Bank Holidays




Facilities

Disabled access to all areas including toilet facilities
Toilets with baby changing station
Shop


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Education

Blackburn museum strives to provide a high quality service to the children and teachers of Blackburn and Darwen.


Groups

Guided tours
We offer guided tours of the collections for school, college or special interest groups


Schools

We welcome any school group at the museum. Our staff will work with you to design and deliver an activity session for your children.
Topics we cover include The Victorians, History and Art lessons on Ancient Egypt, Geography and English Language (using our unrivalled collection of rare books).
Alternatively, you can bring your children to the museum and run your own lesson at the museum.


Children

We have regular drop - in art activities on Saturdays and during school holidays.