The Museum of Wigan Life

Discover the people and places of Wigan Borough both past and present at the Museum of Wigan Life.

Wigan Life Museum
Lively displays cover everything from sport to world war and from music to festivals in Wigan, Leigh and across the borough. Do you know the tale of Mab’s Cross? Who is our most famous ukulele player? And why is Wigan so famous for pies? You’ll find all the answers and more in the gallery.

Visit the special exhibitions and explore aspects of local history from Northern Soul to the mysterious sport of clog fighting.
Following a £1.9 million Heritage Lottery Fund refurbishment, the award-winning Museum of Wigan Life (formerly The History Shop) opened to the public, offering a fantastic opportunity for learning and discovery.

The Museum of Wigan Life is housed in Wigan’s first public library and first public building with electric lighting. Alfred Waterhouse designed the building, which opened in 1878 and also designed the Natural History Museum in London and Manchester town hall. In 1936 George Orwell researched his book 'The Road to Wigan Pier' in the Reference Library (now Family History and Local Studies) upstairs.

You can delve into your own family history and local area in our dedicated department upstairs at the museum. Our friendly staff are always on hand to help and advise.

Opening times
Monday 9am - 2pm
Tuesday 9am - 2pm
Wednesday 9am - 2pm
Thursday 12pm - 5pm
Friday 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 2pm
Sunday Closed

For more information, visit the website