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Keswick Museum

Fitz Park | Station Road, Keswick CA12 4NF, England
+44 17687 73263
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Ranked #11 of 24 Attractions in Keswick
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Fascinating Stories in a beautiful place! Newly refurbished museum which tells the story of...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Grantham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Used to have a fascinating hotch potch collection, but since the £2m refurbishment (most of the money appears to be have been spent on adding wood and glass to a lovely old building) a lot of the artefacts seem to have disappeared, and all that is left is a small collection, a self indulgent art gallery and a café!

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

Dear Helen, Thanks for you feedback; so sorry you were disappointed! It is very difficult to refurbish a very old and well loved museum; we hope to have given visitors the best of both worlds - plenty of fascinating objects, now including those from Mountain Heritage Trust, and great modern facilities (we now have a lift, heating and public loos... More 

UK
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

A wet morning in Keswick spent enjoying the fascinating content of this delightful museum..crammed full of local artefacts and information. Very helpful staff and great cup of coffee served up downstairs in the cafe run by a local organisation helping and supporting young people with learning difficulties..very friendly and welcoming and great value menu. The terrace and tables looked very... More 

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Keswick, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Keswick Museum has had a major overhaul and is worth a visit on its own anyway. The cafe is below the museum opening out onto Fitz Park in Keswick with glorious (at the moment) autumn views of the surrounding fells and the riverside. There is plenty of outside seating as well as indoor. Great scones and cakes and good sandwiches,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Not far from the Town centre. This small museum is stuffed full of the history of the humble pencil.The staff are on hand to describe all the fascinating uses a pencil has including a top secret design used in ww2. Don't be put off this is a great place drawing visitors sharpening ideas and colouring thoughts..You can even buy your... More 

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

Hi Terry, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to a Keswick museum, but sadly it was not ours! I will pass on your feedback to our colleagues at the Pencil Museum. At Keswick Museum & Art Gallery we are also packed full of fascinating objects and stories with great volunteer staff, super facilities & cafe and in a stunning location... More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I had not visited this museum before so can not compare the new with the old unlike some reviewers. There is an entrance fee of about £3/4 charged per adult to view one main room which is rather charming and jam packed with local info and interesting exhibits (such as the Skiddaw musical stones - who knew?) plus a small... More 

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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Marvellous refurbished Victorian Museum, the Art gallery is a plus but we missed the atmosphere of the old quirky collection

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I had visited just before the closure for refurbishment. Going back this time to find the refurbishment and extension extremely well done. It's got the bright rooms of a modern building without losing any of the charm of the original building. The staff are lovely and there are some very unusual and unique exhibits.

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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33 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The Keswick Museum and Art Gallery is a wonderful slate house set in the town's Fitz Park. The museum has recently undergone a refurbishment so everything is bright and fresh. The museum has a programme of changing exhibitions, and fascinating natural history and other displays. Make sure you see the musical stones! There are free family activities. The staff, who... More 

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

Thank you Michael! So glad you enjoyed your visit and appreciated our wonderful local volunteers who really do go the extra mile to help everybody enjoy their visit. Hope to see you again! More 

Rockford, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Very interesting little museum to acquaint yourself with the Keswick area. The adjoining art museum was also interesting. The staff was friendly and very helpful. Enjoyed the tour.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I just wanted to say what a wonderful morning my husband and I spent at Keswick Museum and Art Gallery. It is a gem of a museum, and the staff are so friendly and helpful. I enjoyed playing the musical stones, looking around the People's Choice exhibition, and having a lovely cuppa and cake in the Cafe. I would definitely... More 

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