The Whitaker is a key visitor destination, that presents history to a modern audience.
The museum and art gallery holds an impressive collection of paintings alongside an extensive heritage collection linked to the wealth of Rossendale during the industrial revolution.
The museum showcases a natural history collection, giving a glimpse of specimens from every continent.
Stories of Rossendale life are brought to life through rich and diverse collections of objects that represent the extraordinary lives of local people from the 18th century to the present day.
The Whitaker has a programme of family activities, film nights, festivals, events and regular exhibitions from renowned contemporary artists.
The dining experience provides high-quality and locally sourced light bite ‘brunch style’ dishes. Throughout morning until the late afternoon, a wide-ranging cuisine is on offer, inspired by foods found globally – with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available.