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North West England Museums

NW England North West England, commonly known simply as The North West is one of nine regions of England. It comprises five ceremonial counties of England – Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria and Merseyside, and is the third most populous region in the country. But The North West is also home to a number of fine museums and galleries which attract millions of visitors from all over the world each year.

The Manchester Museum located on the Oxford Street (the neo-Gothic buildings of the University of Manchester) will not let you down no matter if you are interested in ancient history, earth sciences, anthropology, money, zoological and botanical collections or even live animals. Its exceptional collection of items from a number of different areas also makes it a perfect destination for families because it offers something for the entire family. The admission to all permanent exhibitions is free, while some of the temporary exhibitions might have an entrance fee. However, most of the current temporary programmes are free of charge as well.

The Grosvenor Museum (named after Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster) is another North West museum which is worth visiting, especially if you are in or near the city of Chester. In addition to housing an impressive collection of Roman items, paintings, costumes, etc., it is worth visiting for its architecture as well. The museum building which is a Grade II listed building was designed by Thomas Lockwood who also designed several notable buildings in the city of Chester including the famous black-and-white revival building known as 1 Bridge Street. The exhibitions are in the ground level, and the first and second floors but unfortunately, there is no lift.

The World Museum which can be found on the William Brown Street (popularly called the Cultural Quarter) in the city of Liverpool is widely regarded as one of the best museums in the United Kingdom. It will delight you with its enormous collection of minerals, rocks, fossils, ancient Egyptian artefacts which are considered to be the second most important collection after the one housed by the British Museum, one of the best ethnological collections in the country, a planetarium and much, much more.

The Harris Museum situated on the Market Square near the Preston City Council in the city of Preston is also among the finest North West England Museums. Like the above mentioned museums, the Harris Museum houses diverse items as well including paintings, photography, decorative arts, historical artefacts, etc. Unfortunately, The Preston Story which is among its finest exhibitions is currently closed due to renovation which is announced to be completed by the summer of 2012.

All the mentioned North West England museums are free of charge but keep in mind that temporary exhibitions may not be free. With exception of the Harris Museum which is closed on Sundays, all the mentioned museums are open daily. However, check for the opening hours before you head to any of the museums because they vary from one museum to another.