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Keswick Museum

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Address: Station Road | Fitz Park, Keswick CA12 4NF, England
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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Fascinating Stories in a beautiful place!

Newly refurbished museum which...

Fascinating Stories in a beautiful place!

Newly refurbished museum which tells the

story of Keswick's landscape, history and

culture, plus activities, events and temporary exhibitions.

Wonderful cafe and facilities!

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Cute country museum

Cute little museum, could do with a few more exhibits. But nice place to visit if it's rainy or cloudy.

Reviewed 4 days ago
Nishma8
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91 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Cute little museum, could do with a few more exhibits. But nice place to visit if it's rainy or cloudy.

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Thank Nishma8
Sue M, Manager at Keswick Museum, responded to this review

Hi, thank you for your review. We do hope you enjoyed all our exhibitions. 'A History of Keswick in 100 Curious Objects' gives an insight into our beautiful town and its surroundings. The Mountain Heritage Trust gallery changing exhibition, 'Savage Arena-The Life and Climbs of Joe Tasker', looks in depth at the life and achievements of one of our most... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Small, but very interesting. As you'd expect, there are many local items. The lithophone was wonderful - I enjoyed having a go on it - and the memorial window from the Royal Oak Hotel is amazing. I was unlucky in that the 'Life of a Mountain - Blencathra' exhibition was closed on the day I went, but to get to... More 

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Thank Baobab S
Sue M, Manager at Keswick Museum, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your very kind review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. The new exhibition, 'Life of a Mountain-Blencathra', is now open and visitors this week have loved it. There is such a lot to see and do with even locals finding out new things about their mountain and community! The exhibition runs until 4th January... More 

Formby
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Small, but not that interesting. Some local stuff, historical route. Entry fee £10 per couple after buying the historical book and filling in the tax thingy

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Thank derekferguson5
Sue M, Manager at Keswick Museum, responded to this review

Hi Derek, thank you for your review. We hope you found the 12 month admission ticket of £4.25 for an adult good value. It allows you to visit us for free for a year from the date of purchase and there is always something new to see. The History of Keswick in 100 Curious Objects guide book gives you a... More 

Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was our first visit to the museum. We thought it was a hidden gem. There are some fabulous pictures in the Instanto Outdoors exhibition -- contemporary mountaineers captured in timeless photographs taken on a 100 year-old Underwood Instanto camera. But the highlight was the permanent collection of the history of Keswick told through "100 Curious Objects". Many of these... More 

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Thank _angelajanemurray
Sue M, Manager at Keswick Museum, responded to this review

Hi Angela, Thank you so much for great review. We are delighted you enjoyed our lovely museum so much. Being largely run by volunteers we are proud of all the enthusiasm and commitment given to the museum in so many ways. Only 2 weeks left to take another look at Instanto Outdoors which finishes on 12th May. Do visit us... More 

London, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2017

The museum section contains much of the sort of things to be found in most small, local musuems. Moth-eaten stuffed animals, swords, memorabilia of local characters and, of course, a man trap. The large metal relief map of the Lake District is the prize exhibit and well worth seeing. In the other room is the photography exhibition which would be... More 

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Thank Robert E
Sue M, Manager at Keswick Museum, responded to this review

Hi Robert, Thank you for your review. The exhibition, A History of Keswick in 100 Curious Objects, leads you round the gallery highlighting our most quirky items including the Flintoft map and our iconic musical stones. We are pleased you enjoyed the Instanto Outdoors exhibition. Only 2 weeks left to see this before it closes on 12th May. Please do... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Town museum with usual collection of objects of varying degrees of interest. Lots of interesting exhibits linked to Lakeland local history, Keswick itself and the wider area. Great photographic exhibition at the moment on climbing. Cafe is ok- a bit soulless but reasonable coffee and cake. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Keswick.

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Thank Digdap
Sue M, Manager at Keswick Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We are please you enjoyed the Instanto Outdoors exhibition. It has attracted a lot of visitors and only has 2 weeks left to run. We are getting very excited about our new exhibition starting on 20th May. Blencathra-Life of Mountain, which accompanies the Terry Abraham film recently shown on BBC television, will explore... More 

London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

We visited this museum to see a particular exhibition of photography. This is a very small museum with a limited amount of items on display. Having said that, the items on display are mostly interesting although a little disparate in nature.

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Thank Sue M
Sue M, Manager at Keswick Museum, responded to this review

Hi Sue, Thank you for your review. We very much hope you enjoyed the 'Instanto Outdoors' photographic exhibition. Visitors have been amazed by the Abraham brother's early pictures as well as Henry Iddon's new photographs taken with the same old camera! The exhibition runs until 12th May when it makes way for our new fascinating exhibition, 'Blencathra-Life of a Mountain',... More 

newcastle upon tyne
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51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Very poor service food not that great either. Ordered a cheese and pickle sandwich which had 2 very small thin slices of cheese served with red cabbage slaw that had no taste, waited 20 mins for it to arrive. Nice to sit outside in the sun

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Thank donkeyhat47
Sue M, Manager at Keswick Museum, responded to this review

I am sorry that you didn't enjoy your lunch at the cafe. I have spoken to the cafe manager who will look into the quality control of the sandwiches for the future. I am sorry you had to wait for 20 mins; it does get busy on that terrace when the sun shines! I will ask the manager to direct... More 

Hertfordshire
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

The museum itself is very interesting and well worth a visit. Especially as the entry fee, currently £4.50 per person, gives re-entry for a year. As to the cafe, we just had a coffee each (£2.20 each which is about average). However, it was so foul, neither of us could drink it. My advice - don't waste your money.

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Thank PhantomPigeon
Sue M, Manager at Keswick Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the museum and that you found it value for money. Your entry ticket, valid for 12 months, actually cost £4.25 which is even better value still! There is so much to see with our popular photography exhibition, 'Instanto Outdoors', Victorian Gallery and Mountain Heritage Trust Gallery,... More 

Penrith, United Kingdom
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120 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Currently showing a photographic exhibition based on the Abraham Brothers photographs. They took picture on a huge wooded camera and they have taken the same photos in 2016. You can see the photos and the original camera. Best of all once you've got your ticket you can come back again for free.

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Thank wintryguy
Sue M, Manager at Keswick Museum, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your kind review. Our 'Instanto Outdoors' exhibition is proving very popular with visitors fascinated by both the old and new photographs-not to mention the camera itself! It is still on display until 12th May and is followed on 20th May by 'Blencathra-Life of a Mountain, the exciting exhibition to accompany the film by Terry Abraham. With... More 

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