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the whitaker museum & art gallery



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Eatery & Bar

Taking 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 sumptuous cuisine throughout the morning and into late afternoon. Our menu is influenced from foods around the world and includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

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

Food Served Wed - SUN  from 10.00am to 4pm


Natural History 

From Orangutan to Platypus, Polar Bear to Elephant, the museum collection of animals includes over 9,000 preserved specimens.

The zoology collection includes many mounted mammals, numerous of which are on display, and a large collection of shells, 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 was and is home.

The range of objects in the collection is vast, only a part of which we have room to display at any one time, but with regular changes there is something new to explore every time 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. 



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