The Museum of Lincolnshire Life

Our rich and varied social history collection reflects and celebrates the culture of Lincolnshire and its people from 1750 to the present day. Exhibits illustrate commercial, domestic, agricultural, industrial and community life.

Opening times

Monday – Sunday (April – September) 10am – 4pm, last admission 3.30pm
Monday – Saturday (October – March) 10 am – 4pm, last admission 3.30pm

Admission is free.

As the home to an authentic World War One tank named “Flirt” we also house the interactive galleries of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment, which have won prestigious national awards. Perhaps you can find information about family members who served here?We are pleased to offer a wide range of services including exhibitions in our community gallery, group quiz sessions and an education programme linked to the National Curriculum. We also have a number of ‘loans boxes’ which can be hired by community organisations or schools and offer the chance to discover and handle objects from the past.

Close to the museum you can visit the working 18th century windmill, Ellis Mill, run entirely by the museum’s volunteer millers (weekends only).

Gift shop

Our gift shop sells unusual gifts and toys, period postcards and a wide range of heritage books.

Collections are made daily by the Royal Mail from our genuine Victorian Postbox so surprise your friends and family with a card stamped and posted from the Museum.

Holders of a valid Heritage Pass will receive a 10% discount on shop purchases.


Our cosy Gatehouse Tearoom is open seven days a week during April to September and Monday to Saturday during October to March selling light refreshments and drinks.

Other facilities

Children’s trail: The museum always has a Children’s Museum Trail available to keep younger visitors amused and looking closely at our collection. There are usually seasonal alternatives at Easter, Christmas and during the summer holiday. Please ask at reception when you arrive and staff will be happy to explain how to become a History Hunter!

Loans box: The museum has a number of loan boxes available to schools and community groups for hire periods of up to three weeks.

Group visits: With so much to see the museum is an ideal location for your group to visit and take a trip down memory lane. Self guided visits are free but for a small charge we can arrange a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable staff members or a mystery object quiz session. To find out more or to book a session please contact the museum direct.

Room hire: The Board Room and Learning Space are dedicated rooms that can be hired for visiting groups, talks or other meetings, please contact the museum for more information.

Visitor information

The museum is open throughout the year: Monday – Sunday (April – September) 10am – 4pm, last admission 3.30pm. Monday – Saturday (October – March) 10 am – 4pm, last admission 3.30pm.

The museum has a small car park to the front and side of the building and is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Museum of Lincolnshire Life
Burton Road
Tel: +44 (0) 1522 782040
Fax: +44 (0) 1522 521264


Second World War Resources

First World War Resources

Our partners

Heritage Lottery fundedNorth Kesteven District CouncilLincolnshire County CouncilWest Lindsey District CouncilEast Lindsey District CouncilRenaissance East Midlands