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the whitaker museum & art gallery



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Upcoming Events

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Exhibition: not when i'm driving | feb 17th - apr 15th 2018

Caroline Johnson and Alastair Price are both Rossendale-based Fine Art graduates and have been a creative team for over twenty-seven years. Their new exhibition 'Not When I'm Driving' is a collection of their combined works. There will be a chance to Meet the Artists on Saturday 17 February at 2pm; enjoy a glass of complimentary wine and join Caroline and Alastair as they introduce their exhibition.


This Easter promises to be a great family affair with some popular activities and events for you to enjoy. We have kids crafts, egg hunts as well as music and sumptuous food choices, so sit back and relax in the surroundings of Whitaker Museum.

FILM: THE CAR MAN | APR 13th 2018

A sensational new dance event for cinemas from the internationally acclaimed choreographer Matthew Bourne and his Dance Company New Adventures, The Car Man is loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera (CARMEN) and has one of the most thrilling and instantly recognisable scores in classical music, brilliantly arranged by Terry Davies.


Eatery & Bar

With a fresh and informal approach to our menu, we provide a choice of light 'brunch style' dishes made from the highest quality locally sourced ingredients, all designed to allow you to enjoy throughout the morning into late afternoon. Our menu is influenced from foods around the world including Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options being served alongside Afternoon Tea there is something for everyone to enjoy.

You can also enjoy a fully licensed bar, as well as the finest Illy coffee or highest quality Jing Tea, alongside our famed cake collection baked fresh in house. 

Food Served Wed - Sun  from 9.30Am to 4pm*

(*restrictions apply)  


Natural History 

From Orangutan to Platypus, Polar Bear to Elephant the museum collection of animals includes over 9000 preserved specimens.

The zoology collection includes many mounted mammals, most of the best are on display. A large collection of shells, many birds, eggs and entomology. The collection is worldwide in scope, with specimens from the Arctic to Asia, Africa to Europe as well as animals from our local environment.

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Social History

The Social History Collections contain thousands of objects representing the everyday and exceptional lives of local people from the 18th Century to the present day. It aims to cover aspects of the domestic and social lives of those for whom Rossendale is home.

The range of objects in the collection is vast, only a part of which we have room to display at anyone time, but with regular changes there is something new to find overtime you visit.



For over 100 years the Whitaker has stood to bring the community together and keep heritage alive. If you are planning a special event or occasion then talk to us about hiring space and make it a truly unique event.