About us

We are Lincolnshire’s archaeology museum and the Usher Gallery. We are operated by Lincolnshire County Council in partnership with the City of Lincoln Council, Arts Council England, The British Museum and the Art Fund. We are supported by the Friends of Lincoln Museums and Art Gallery, the Usher Trust and the Heslam Trust.

Opening Hours

To Our Visitors,

We are currently closed.
We welcome the government’s confirmation that indoor heritage attractions will be able to re-open at Step 3 of the Government's Roadmap, which will be no sooner than 17 May. We are currently working hard behind the scenes on our re-opening plans, to ensure we can welcome you, our staff and volunteers back safely. We will share further announcements on our website, newsletters and social media as soon as possible. Please stay safe and we can't wait to see you again soon!
The grounds of our sister site Lincoln Castle remain open seven days a week from 10am-5pm, where you can support us by enjoying our takeaway café offer.  From 12 April the outdoor Medieval Wall Walk is open for pre-booked, timed and capacity limited tickets.
You can also pre-book your visit to Lincolnshire Archives to view original documents relating to our local heritage from 12 April.

James Ward Usher

History of the Usher Gallery

The Usher Gallery, Lincoln, was opened to the public in 1927. The existence of the gallery and its initial collection is thanks to the generous bequest of one man, James Ward Usher.

Arthur Smith, the first curator

History of the Museum

The Collection museum began life in 1906 as the City and County Museum and developed during the 20th century to become the main archaeology museum for Lincolnshire.


Our Partners and Funders

The Collection could not exist without its external partners. We are grateful to receive support from a number of organisations who provide us with funding and resources for our varied activities.


Donations and Bequests

The artefacts and artworks housed at The Collection are the result of the generosity of many people stretching back for more than a century, and we are always seeking to strategically expand our collections.

The late Roman chequerboard mosaic

Excavating the Museum

The excavations carried out before the building of The Collection unearthed a wealth of information about life in Lincoln through the ages, including a mosaic floor from a late Roman town house.

Lincoln Castle

Lincolnshire’s Heritage

Lincolnshire is a county rich in heritage and there is always something to see and do. Whether it's museums, historic buildings or an art gallery, there's always lots to explore.


Finds Identification and Treasure

Do you think you might have found treasure? Find out how we might be able to help


Archaeological Project Archives

The Collection is the repository for archaeological project archives in Lincolnshire, from commercial archaeology to research excavations and community projects.