List of museums in Cumbria

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This list of museums in Cumbria, England contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Image Town/City Type Summary
Abbot Hall Art Gallery Abbott Hall Art Gallery, Kendal.jpg Kendal Art Collections include George Romney, J M W Turner, 18th and 19th century watercolours, and modern paintings
Armitt Library Ambleside Multiple Local history, natural history, features over 450 watercolours by Beatrix Potter of archaeological and zoological subjects
The Beacon, Whitehaven The Beacon, Whitehaven - - 1347266.jpg Whitehaven Multiple website, local history, art, industry, natural history, maritime heritage
Beatrix Potter Gallery The Gallery - - 510315.jpg Hawkshead Art Operated by the National Trust, original sketches and watercolours by Beatrix Potter for her books
Birdoswald Roman Fort Birdoswald Roman Fort - - 17585.jpg Gilsland Archaeology Excavated Roman fort
Blackwell Blackwell - The Arts and Crafts House - - 7579.jpg Bowness-on-Windermere Historic house Arts and Crafts Movement style house from the turn-of-the-20th century, with period rooms, art exhibits
Brantwood Brantwood.jpg Coniston Historic house Home and museum of art critic John Ruskin, art displays, gardens and grounds
Brougham Hall Brougham Hall - - 1532.jpg Brougham Historic house Restored country house with local history exhibits
Carlisle Castle CarlisleCastle001.JPG Carlisle Military Operated by English Heritage, historic fortress and museum of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
Dalemain Estate Dalemain House - - 321322.jpg Ullswater Historic house Medieval, Tudor and early Georgian house and Lake District gardens
Dalton Castle Dalton Castle.jpg Dalton-in-Furness Local Operated by the National Trust, 14th century peel tower with displays of local history
Derwent Island House Derwent Island House.jpg Keswick Historic house Operated by the National Trust, 18th-century house on an island, open only a few days a year by timed ticket
Derwent Pencil Museum Keswick Pencil Museum (geograph 5455667).jpg Keswick Industry Pencil making
Dock Museum DockMuseum.jpg Barrow-in-Furness Local Local history, shipbuilding, steel industry, World War II bombings
Dove Cottage Dove Cottage.jpg Grasmere Historic house A home and museum of poet William Wordsworth
Guildhall Museum, Carlisle Guildhall Carlisle 09.jpg Carlisle Historic House website, 1407 building with items related to Guilds
Haig Colliery Mining Museum Haigh Mining Museum, Whitehaven, Cumbria - - 60040.jpg Whitehaven Mining Coal mining
Hawkshead Grammar School Museum Grammar School, Hawkshead.jpg Hawkshead Education Historic school dating back to the 17th century
Helena Thompson Museum Workington Multiple website, period rooms, costumes, decorative arts, local history, industry, culture, agriculture
Heron Corn Mill Heron Corn Mill.jpg Beetham Mill Working 18th-century watermill
Hill Top Potterhome.jpg Near Sawrey Historic house Operated by the National Trust, home of children's author Beatrix Potter
Holker Hall Holker Hall 02.jpg Grange-over-Sands Historic house Large country house and gardens
Hub of the North Pennines Museum The Hub Museum - - 1531179.jpg Alston Multiple website, vintage cars, motorbikes, bicycles, local history, agriculture, model railroad
Hutton in the Forest Hutton-in-the-Forest 04.jpg Penrith Historic house Medieval manor house and gardens
Kendal Museum Kendal Museum (front-3).jpg Kendal Multiple Local history, culture, archaeology, geology, local and world natural history, Roman Britain, Ancient Egypt
Keswick Museum and Art Gallery Keswick Museum and Art Gallery.jpg Keswick Multiple Local history, natural history, minerals, art, collection of oddities
Lakeland Motor Museum Lakeland Motor Museum.jpg Backbarrow Automotive Classic automobiles and memorabilia
Laurel and Hardy Museum Laurel and hardy autocorrect.JPG Ulverston Biographical website, comedy team Laurel and Hardy
Levens Hall Levens Hall 03.jpg Kendal Historic house Manor house, topiary garden, steam vehicle and engine collection
Maryport Maritime Museum Maryport Maritime Museum - - 707640.jpg Maryport Maritime website, Maryport's maritime and painting history, also industry, social and political history
Millom Discovery Centre Millom Local Period store displays, iron mining, rural trades, 19th century miner's cottage, agriculture, archaeology, poet Norman Nicholson, local history
Mirehouse Mirehouse, near Bassenthwaite Lake - - 39864.jpg Keswick Historic house 17th-century house and gardens with connections to Lord Tennyson, Edward Fitzgerald, Thomas Carlyle and William Wordsworth
Muncaster Castle Muncaster Castle 01.jpg Ravenglass Historic house Decorated castle, gardens
Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry Museum of Lakeland Life, Abbot Hall - - 1245379.jpg Kendal Multiple Local history, period rooms, agriculture, mining, Arts & Crafts movement, costumes
Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre - - 60938.jpg Nenthead Mining website, mineral mining past of the North Pennines, lead and zinc mine, equipment, buildings
Penrith and Eden Museum Penrith Museum - panoramio.jpg Penrith Local website, local history, geology, archaeology
Quaker Tapestry Friends' Meeting House, Stramongate - - 266078.jpg Kendal Religious 77 embroidered panels illustrating the history of the Quakers from the 17th century to the present
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Ravenglass Station, Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway - - 1335502.jpg Ravenglass Railway Heritage railway and museum at the station
Rheged Centre Rheged - 'The Village in The Hill' - - 75787.jpg Penrith Art website, attraction with galleries for art and photography, also 3D films, shops, play areas
Rum Story Clock at the Rum Story - - 1299701.jpg Whitehaven Industry Story of the rum trade and the creation of rum, located in an original 1785 trading shop and warehouses
Ruskin Museum Ruskin Museum Donald Campbell Bluebird K7 18-06-2015 14-20-27.jpg Coniston Local Local history, copper mining, slate, geology, lace, farming, art critic John Ruskin, car and motorboat racer Donald Campbell
Rydal Mount Rydal Mount.jpg Ambleside Historic house A home and museum of poet William Wordsworth
Senhouse Roman Museum Senhouse Museum, Maryport - - 40522.jpg Maryport Archaeology website, site of the Roman fort Alauna, artifacts
Sir John Barrow Cottage John Barrow Cottage.jpg Ulverston Historic house Birthplace of statesman Sir John Barrow, 1st Baronet, currently closed[1]
Sizergh Castle & Garden Sizergh Castle 01.jpg Helsington Historic house Operated by the National Trust, medieval castle, stately home and garden, woodlands
Solway Aviation Museum Solway Aviation Museum, Carlisle Airport, Cumbria - - 50887.jpg Carlisle Aviation Located at the Carlisle Lake District Airport, World War II aviation and local aviation history
Solway Coast Discovery Centre Solway Coast Discovery Centre - - 40355.jpg Silloth Local website, local history, culture, natural history, art gallery
Stott Park Bobbin Mill Stott Park Bobbin Mill Steam Engine.jpg Newby Bridge Industry Operated by English Heritage, former bobbin mill with preserved engines
Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum Threlkeld Quarry Museum - - 851391.jpg Threlkeld Mining website, former microgranite quarry, exhibits, tools and artifacts from area mines
Townend Townend - - 23152.jpg Troutbeck Historic house Operated by the National Trust, wealthy farming family's house
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Tullie House.jpg Carlisle Multiple Contemporary and historic art, decorative art, costumes and textiles, natural history, archaeology, Roman Britain, Carlisle's social history
Windermere Jetty Windermere Maritime Boat collection, museum under development
Wordsworth House Wordsworth House, Main Street, Cockermouth - - 553019.jpg Cockermouth Historic house Operated by the National Trust, 18th century Georgian townhouse, childhood home of poet William Wordsworth
World in Miniature Museum Houghton Toy website, collection of miniature furnished room displays

Defunct museums[edit]


  1. ^ "Sir John Barrow's Cottage". Ulverston Town Council. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Lake District's Bond Museum and Cars of the Stars close". BBC News. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2010-03-22. Visit Egremont: Florence Mine Heritage Centre
  4. ^ "The Bond Museum in Keswick closes its doors, collection moving to Miami". MI6. Retrieved 24 September 2013.

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