The Royal Burgh of Lanark Museum

Lanark Museum, 29 Bloomgate, ML11 9ET

01555 666 680

  • Open Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 11am - 4pm
  • Open by appointment only at other times
  • Disabled access can be arranged
  • Car parking available nearby
  • Dedicated team of volunteers
  • Free admission

Lanark Museum houses a collection of items which illustrate the ancient and varied history of the town. Lanark is one of Scotland's oldest burghs, and from the time of King William the Lion was a favoured hunting area of the Kings of Scotland.

It also has associations with two of Scotland's greatest heroes: William Wallace and King Robert the Bruce.


Lanark can be reached with ease from most places in central Scotland and is signposted on all major routes. It is situated nearly half way between Glasgow and Edinburgh and can be reached from both in under an hour.

Lanark Museum is within a five minute drive of the World Heritage Village of New Lanark and is situated on the main A73 road within 300 yards of the town centre. Car parking is available nearby.

The headquarters of the Museum is at 8 Westport. Lanark ML11 9HD. This property serves as the office, workshop and archive for the museum.

An illustrated timeline of Lanark's history and an exhibition of historical artefacts are housed in the YMCA building, 29 Bloomgate, less than 100 yards from 8 Westport and on the other side of the road.

Opening hours

11am until 4pm; Thurdays, Fridays & Saturdays; April to September Individual researchers and group visits (including schools) are welcome at any time by appointment.


Admission is free, although a donation towards the running expenses of the museum would be much appreciated. A donation box is placed at the exit of the exhibition.


The museum is a charitable organisation, managed and staffed by volunteers. The work of the museum is financed through grants, donations given by visitors to the museum and the fund-raising activities of the Friends of Lanark Museum, also a purely voluntary organisation.

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