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Louth Museum is an award winning visitor attraction in the historic market town of Louth, nestling at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds. There are four galleries, a library and a gift shop.

Louth Museum was refitted in 2006, celebrated its centenary in 2010, has won four Renaissance Heritage awards and the Lincolnshire Heritage Museum of the Year.

October is free entry month to Louth Museum!

Come along to the museum during the month of October and receive free entry into the museum …. however a donation would be much appreciated.

Louth Museum is run entirely by a team of dedicated unpaid volunteers.

It is owned and run by a voluntary charity – the Louth Naturalists’, Antiquarian and Literary Society, founded in 1884, and known locally as the ‘Ants and Nats’.

The costs of running our museum are substantial and as we do not receive public funding we need to continually raise funds to ensure the museum remains open.

Thank you!

Finds Day at Louth Museum

Saturday 26th October - 10.30 am to 2.00 pm

Louth Museum will be hosting a Finds Day on behalf of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) - so come along with your finds and meet Finds Liaison Officer Lisa Brundle.

The day will provide opportunities for local metal detectorists and the general public to report their finds and learn more about them.

Exhibitions 2019

The Mills of Louth and District

11th September to 26th October

For its third and final exhibition of the year, Louth Museum turns the spotlight on the mills in and around Louth and district.

Evidence of windmills in England dates from the 12th century, with earlier references to “mills” (such as the 11th century Domesday Book where Louth had 13). These early mills were water powered either for grinding or fulling. Windmills appeared in England from c.1180. Every town and village depended on a mill to grind their grain into flour.

Our last exhibition of the year looks at the different types of mills through the ages and concentrates on those in Louth and the surrounding area. It looks at how the mills worked and at one family of Louth Millwrights, the Sanderson’s. It even covers the latest windmills which provide electricity!


Ghost WalkExplore haunted Louth on a Halloween Ghost Walk!

Louth's Ghost Walk is a gentle stroll through the town, stopping at various ghostly locations to hear their stories and which will finish at Louth Museum. Previous walks have seen the ghost of an old lady, so you never know what might happen on Louth's Ghost Walk!

Louth Museum invites you to join them on a haunted walking tour of Louth to discover the scarily strange supernatural tales of mystery and suspense as twilight creeps its way silently through the town’s streets and alleyways. Dare you travel back in time to see the places where ghosts may lurk and experience the spooky terrifying tales of Louth's ghostly traditions?

So, if you are brave enough to experience the tales of haunted Louth that are as spooky as they are fascinating, then be sure to book early as numbers are limited to strictly 30 people.

Friday 1st November 2019
Time: 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm
Starting Place: British Legion Car Park, Northgate, Louth
Cost: £5.00 per person
Accompanied under 16's free

Suitable clothing and footwear for walking is recommended.

To book places on the Ghost Walk – please call in at Louth Museum at 4 Broadbank - Wednesday to Saturday between 10 am and 4pm - payment will be due upon booking.

Louth Museum’s Giant Winter Book Sale - from nearly new to really old!

Louth Museum is holding its annual Giant Winter Book Sale on

Thursday 7th November to Saturday 9th November - 10 am to 4 pm

Visit Louth Museum for our annual Giant Winter Book Sale where you will find a great selection of second-hand and preloved books. Louth Museum will be packed with hundreds of second-hand bargains.

It’s a wonderful chance to browse and find a bargain book as there are books in many different categories all laid out for you to view. Take your time to browse through our great selection of nearly new, second-hand and old books all available to buy at Louth Museum. We have everything from fire-side fiction, science and nature, art, biographies, cookery, travel and history books through to many antiquarian books as well as out-of-print, rare books and many more …….

....... so, don’t miss out, if you love books and want a great deal then visit Louth Museum’s annual Giant Winter Book Sale!

New for 2019!

Also new for our 2019 season, the cabinets in the Town Gallery will feature new exhibits, many of the items are newly on display, some have not been seen for several years and some have never on display before!

"Before Plastic" explores many everyday items before the advent of plastic! From toys, to buttons, to shoes, to bottles, to packaging, to hair accessories and more! See how we lived before plastic!

"1920s Fashion" explores the modernisation of fashion for women. In the 1920s fashion changed from the restrictive fashions of the Victorian and Edwardian period towards looser clothing which revealed more of a woman's arms and legs. This had begun during the Edwardian period with the rising of hemlines to the ankle and the movement away from corsets. The Roaring Twenties saw women wearing flapper dresses, bobbing their hair and embracing the new freedoms they found in the clothes they wore.

"All things Louth" which includes a display of Louth 17th century tokens. Between 1649 and 1660 there was a shortage of copper coinage and enterprising Louth traders began to issue these tokens because the shortage of small coins meant serious hardship for the very poorest of Louth's inhabitants. This will be the first time these tokens have been on display in the museum.

"Victorian Taxidermy" explores our collection of taxidermy. The world of Victorian taxidermy is an art form which divides opinion. Love it or hate it. The taxidermy produced by the Victorians was used by museums to show the beauty and wonder of the natural world to the public who would otherwise never have had the opportunity of seeing such creatures and it was extremely popular.


  • The back-lit panoramic bird’s-eye view of Victorian Louth
  • Rocks and fossils of the Lincolnshire Wolds
  • 200,000 years of local archaeology
  • Brickmaking and printing
  • The disastrous Louth Flood of May 1920
  • The largest national collection of Victorian woodcarvings by Thomas Wallis of Louth
  • The story of the Ghost of the Green Lady
  • Carpets made in Louth
  • Bygones and domestic life
  • Birds butterflies and moths

A Local Independent Museum - Nationally Accredited - Quality Assured Lincolnshire Visitor Attraction founded in 1884 by Louth Naturalists', Antiquarian and Literary Society - Registered Charity No.1145436

Enjoy England Museum Development East Midlands Heritage Lottery Fund Art Fund Arts Council Acredited Museum