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.


Museum of Wigan Life

Library Street, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN1 1NU

01942 828128

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Opening times

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

Free to all

10% off in shop

Valid to 31 December 2018

Enjoy 10% off in the shop with your National Art Pass.

10% off in shop

Valid to 31 December 2018

Enjoy 10% off in the shop with your National Art Pass.

10% off in shop

Valid to 31 December 2018

Enjoy 10% off in the shop with your National Art Pass.

10% off in shop

Valid to 31 December 2018

Enjoy 10% off in the shop with your National Art Pass.


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