The Whitaker

The Whitaker
Whitaker Park


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Tiger and Python exhibit
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Set within tranquil Whitaker Park. Displays include a late Victorian drawing room, fine arts and furniture. Wonderful natural history collection. Discover more about the local and social history of the area.

Changing programme of temporary exhibitions.

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Opening hours

Sat, Sun, Tues, Wed and Thurs:
1 pm to 4.30 pm (April to October)
1 pm to 4 pm (November to March)

Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day

Admission charges

Admission free

Why not enjoy some of our other Lancashire Museums and get an Xplorer Ticket? Where will your journey take you?

Adult Multi-Pass (1 Adult, 13 venues): £12.00
Family & Friends Multi-Pass (2 Adults, 2 Concessions, 13 venues): £20.00
Prices correct April 2010 but may be subject to change. Please see our website for latest details.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Science and Technology, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

200 Years of the Tiger and Python - A New Work by Artist Bob Heath

  • 16 May 2014 6:30-9pm

The Festival of Wonders events at The Whitaker will centre around the bi-centenary of The Tiger and Python exhibit, 'a remarkable piece of taxidermy', and a rare survival of William Bullock's London Museum, listed in his catalogue of 1814.

This event will see the unveiling of a specially commissioned painting of the 'Tiger and the Python' by Artist Bob Heath, accompanied by an exhibition of 'Eminent Victorians'; a recent series of paintings which explore such dialogues as empire, governance, the UK's place and self projection in a post - Victorian world.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
photograph of python in tree

Meet William Bullock and Python Workshop

  • 17 May 2014 6:30-9pm

His parents ran a travelling waxworks, but he went on to become ' traveller, naturalist, and antiquarian of some repute'. He'll tell his story alongside specially created projections and there will also be a 'stuff your own python' workshop!

This event invites the audience to come and meet William Bullock in person. The man who brought the 'Tiger and Python' to The Whitaker.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age