museum visitors

Your Ideas,
Your Museum

Over the next few years we will be developing plans to redisplay our galleries – some of them have been in place for a long time! 

What displays and objects do you like in the museum?
Are there stories we don’t tell that you think we should?
We want to hear your views!

Let us know – contact us at
01253 876 621

Our current displays include family friendly content such as dressing up and toys. We also have several quizzes and trails for children and families to complete around the museum – just ask at the museum reception. For holiday craft sessions and special events see What’s On or click the link below.

Our Galleries

An introduction to the main stories explored in the museum

Inshore Fishing
Find out about the local tradition of shrimping, cockling, musseling and prawning.
On the Docks
The growth of Fleetwood’s docks, featuring an amazing model of the port.
Royal Naval Patrol Service
The incredible role that fishing trawlers played in the Second World War
Salt Mining
Step inside our atmospheric recreation of a saltmine.
The Boat Hall
See our amazing heritage fishing vessel Harriet, and other port and railway objects.
The Fleetwood Story
This gallery is being redeveloped in 2020 as a new introduction space to the museum. Keep an eye on the website for more news!
The Lifeboats
The RNLI story in Fleetwood, featuring tales of bravery and tragedy.
The Story of Fleetwood
Snapshots of Fleetwood history from the town’s founding to transport and entertainment.
Victorian Dining Room
A spectacular recreation of a Victorian boarding house dining room.

Fleetwood Museum

The Collections

Trawler model recently donated
to Fleetwood Museum Trust

In April 2018, the running of Fleetwood Museum was taken over by Fleetwood Museum Trust from Lancashire County Council.  The Trust actively collects material relating to Fleetwood history, as well as managing the collection of Fleetwood related material from Lancashire County Council Museum Service, which is on loan to Fleetwood Museum.

Fleetwood Grammar School blazer
Fleetwood Grammar School blazer recently donated to Fleetwood Museum Trust

Collecting Fleetwood!

Fleetwood Museum continues to collect material from Fleetwood history.  Much of what we are offered relates to Fleetwood’s port and fishing heritage, and this will always be an important part of our collecting focus.  But our interest in Fleetwood history extends beyond the maritime! We are interested in any objects, photographs, film footage and material that could help us to preserve, reflect on and interpret subjects such as sport, entertainment, the wars, local industries, family life, community and civic life etc, that all make up the rich history of Fleetwood.  And not just from a long time ago, but from the present day!

If you have an object relating to any strand of Fleetwood history, then Fleetwood Museum may be interested (sometimes we have to say no to an object on offer, for example if we have similar examples already).  For offers of material, or to share a story,

or call 01253 876 621

Some of the objects from the Lancashire County Council Museum collection
on display at Fleetwood Museum

The Loan Collection

The loan collection from Lancashire County Council Museum Service includes some non-maritime related material, for example from Fleetwood Grammar School, or material about Fleetwood as a seaside destination.  Most of the collection relates to the town’s fishing heritage.  This includes photographs, ship models, fine art, deep sea and inshore fishing equipment, shipwright’s tools, sailor’s personal belongings.

Also in the Loan Collection



In 1998, the Fleetwood built fishing smack, Harriet, was rescued from Millom and brought back to Fleetwood. The vessel was built at the Singleton Bros. Yard in Fleetwood in 1893.  As one of the few surviving fishing smacks left in the UK, Harriet is of national significance, recognised by her being part of the National Historic Fleet. Harriet is on display in the Boat Hall, to the rear of the Museum


Judy (originally named Welshgirl and then Millie), is a type of prawner vessel known as a ‘Nobby’.  Judy was built in Fleetwood at Liver & Wildings in 1904, most likely by the famous boat designer William Stoba. Judy is on the National Register of Historic Vessels. She is not currently on display.

Judy vessel