About the museum
The museum celebrates the culture of Lincolnshire from 1750 to the present day.
Exhibits illustrate commercial, domestic, agricultural, industrial and community life.
It is housed in a Victorian barracks built for the Royal North Lincoln Militia in 1857.
It has nearly 250,000 objects, including an authentic World War One tank. There are also interactive galleries of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment.
There is a museum trail for children and an Historic Hunters playground.
Loan boxes are available to schools and community groups.
The museum has a dedicated room that can be hired for visiting groups, talks and meetings.
Ellis' Mill is closed for the foreseeable future. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Plan your visit
Admission to the museum is free, except for event days.
You can visit the museum Friday to Sunday between 10am and 4pm.
Online booking is required.
Please arrive no sooner than ten minutes before your allocated time.
The museum has a small car park to the front and side of the building. It is fully accessible to wheelchair users.
Café and shop
Our gift shop sells unusual gifts and toys, period postcards and a range of heritage books.
Collections are made daily by Royal Mail from our genuine Victorian post box. Perfect for sending postcards while you visit!
The Gatehouse Tearoom is also open seven days a week.
To arrange a school visit, complete the booking form on the Investigate Learning website.
Accessibility at the museum
All museum staff have disability awareness training. We welcome assistance dogs.
There is level access to the information desk, gift shop, galleries, tea room, toilets and courtyard. There are automatic push-button doors throughout the site.
There is a lift which allows access to all floors. The lift door is 890mm wide, while the lift itself is 1100mm wide by 1400mm deep.
The information desk in reception and gift shop has a low section for talking to staff. A hearing loop system installed here too. There is room for a wheelchair to turn and move around.
We also offer a wheelchair and a magnifying glass to visitors upon request.
To hire mobility equipment from Lincoln Shopmobility, call 01522 514477.
We have display information in audio as some areas use low lighting.
The First World War trench display in the Regimental Gallery has flashing lights, sounds of explosions and commentary. To maintain historical accuracy, the floor in this area is uneven. It is still accessible for most wheelchair users.
The car park at the front and side of the museum has two accessible spaces which are free to use. They are at the right-hand side of the entrance.
There is also a drop-off point and the main entrance, with a dropped kerb.
From the car park to the entrance there is level access.
There is a public toilet for disabled visitors.
The toilet door is 900mm wide. There is 700mm at the side of the toilet. There is 1400mm in front of the toilet. The toilet seat is 480mm high. The toilets have handrails.
The direction of transfer on to the toilet is to the right.