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Showtown Blackpool - The Blackpool Museum project


Blackpool Council is creating Blackpool’s first museum.

In our museum we put Blackpool centre-stage as we reveal the town’s lasting influence on the nation’s sense of fun and entertainment.

We celebrate the greatest showtown on earth that captures the spirit of this amazing place and will make you see it in a whole new light.

The museum will be:

  • Fun
  • Accessible and celebratory
  • Filled with objects, film, music
  • Performance for all the family to enjoy – mixing the best of museums and visitor attractions

It will be fun, participatory and inclusive, appealing to non-traditional museum visitors and seasoned museum goers.

It will feature the first permanent displays in a UK public museum on circus, magic, variety, and ballroom dance - filled with 800+ objects from Blackpool’s internationally significant and extensive collections and those on loan from our national partners, including the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Further, the Museum will tell the personal stories, highlighting how Blackpool has touched the lives of millions: the stories of visitors, entertainers, celebrities, and residents.

This £13m project is due to open in 2021. Designed to be like no other museum it will be situated on Blackpool’s famous Golden Mile, in the Sands Building (next door but one from the Tower).

Time capsule 

The Showtown team has invited local children to send in happy memories of their summer.

These memories will be captured inside a ‘lockdown time capsule’ and buried within the Showtown walls during construction.

Dance videos, songs, poems, written letters, drawings, cartoons or even mini sculptures to capture how children have kept themselves entertained during the summer of 2020 – anything goes!

The deadline for submission is 31 October 2020.

To submit a memory for the time capsule, email (with subject title: Showtown Time Capsule).

Visit the Blackpool Museum website for more information on the project.