The Whitaker (previously Rossendale Museum & Art Gallery) is set in a beautiful park at the centre of the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire, UK. The museum displays include interesting local history, painting, and Victorian natural history collections. There is also a very active contemporary art gallery with changing exhibitions. Our main galleries have been newly refurbished by The Whitaker Group, who have exciting plans for the future of the gallery, the collection, and the park.

Museum and Café Opening Times  are 10am – 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday.

PLEASE NOTE : We’ll be closed or partially closed for private events on the following dates :  on Saturday 5th September ( Museum closed from 12 pm ) , Friday 18th September ( the Galleries will be closed in the afternoon ), Saturday 19th of September ( Museum Closes at 11am ), Sunday 20th September ( the Galleries will be closed in the afternoon ). We’ll be keeping our café open for coffee and cake on the days or mornings when there is a partial closure. Our apologies for any inconvenience, although we endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum, these private events are an important part of keeping the Whitaker open and free during the rest of the year.  

The Bar Whilst we’re developing the plans for our new and exciting menu, The Bar will be available at the same time as the Museum and Cafe are open. But watch this space for our new changes!

The Whitaker Whitaker Park Haslingden Road Rossendale Lancashire BB4 6RE Rawtenstall Phone 01706 260785 email  

Events & Exhibitions


The Whitaker


Enjoy the taste of great coffee and excellent food, surrounded by culture and history.

The Whitaker


The displays include interesting local history and a Victorian natural history collection.

The Whitaker


Newly refurbished galleries, an active contemporary art gallery with changing exhibitions.

The Whitaker

Conference Suite

A fully refurbished conference suite, offering a multi-functional IT experience


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