Towneley Hall Art Gallery Collections

Towneley Hall historic house, art gallery and museum is located in 400 acres of beautiful parkland

The magnificent hall, which dates from the 14th Century, contains fine period rooms decorated with oil paintings and sculptures. The museum houses an eclectic collection including an Egyptian mummy, the Whalley Abbey vestments, Lancashire-made oak furniture, Pilkington Pottery and the Towneley Bear! 

The Towneley Hall art gallery offers over 300 oil paintings in its collection, the acquisitions being evenly divided between gifts and purchases, plus around 20 paintings transferred from Burnley Central Library and Padiham Museum in the 1970s.

The collection also includes oil and watercolour masterpieces by Alma-Tadema, Burne-Jones and Waterhouse.

About half of the oil paintings are on public display in most of the rooms around the house.

Towneley’s full collection of oil paintings is also available online. You can view all the paintings in the collection on the Art UK website.

Caption: Joseph Farquharson, The Sun Had Closed the Winter’s Day

The Hall also offers occasional exhibitions. Please see separate entries.

Currently, the Great Hall is closed whilst the gallery undertakes surveys and repairs to the Grade I listed ceiling.

The art galleries are scheduled to open in July 2021, following completion of repairs to ceilings above the Jacobean staircase.


Further information:
  • Opening hours are May to November: Saturday to Thursday 12 until 4.45pm
    (last entry at 4pm.)

  • Location:  Towneley Hall Museum, Towneley Park, Burnley BB11 3RQ

  • Cost: to reflect the temporary closure of some of the spaces the day admission fee has been reduced to £2.75 per adult. Annual passes are still available for £5.50.

  • Contact: Tel: 01282 477130;