Museum of Wigan Life

This museum in a handsome Victorian building tells the story of Wigan and its people.

It is the place to come if you want to find out about why the town is famous for its pies, and the identity of its most famous ukelele player. The museum is housed in a Grade II listed former library (1877), designed by eminent architect Alfred Waterhouse and used by George Orwell to research 'The Road to Wigan Pier'. The reference library containing the local and family history study collections is a fine example of the period. The ground floor includes a space for temporary exhibitions space and there is a permanent gallery devoted to Wigan's history.

Venue details

Museum of Wigan Life Library Street, Wigan Lancashire WN1 1NU 01942 828128

Entry details

Free entry to all
Free exhibitions to all

Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri, 10am – 5pm
Sat, 11am – 3pm
Closed Wed and Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays