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Address: Station Road | Fitz Park, Keswick CA12 4NF, England
Phone Number: +44 17687 73263
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Description: 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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Excellent displays, in particular the Wainwright exhibition. Reasonable entrance price, and very helpful staff and volunteers. Excellent cafe downstairs for a post tour visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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Portsea, Australia
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I popped in here today with my two girls (aged 6 & 8) having been in the park and then the restaurant downstairs. The staff were very welcoming and helpful. The exhibits are varied and interesting but as other reviewers have mentioned the museum is quite small. We enjoyed completing the quiz and the Keswick stones are fantastic. The museum... More 

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Portsea, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Excellent displays, in particular the Wainwright exhibition. Reasonable entrance price, and very helpful staff and volunteers. Excellent cafe downstairs for a post tour visit.

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

Thanks William for your lovely comments. We are delighted that the Wainwright exhibition has been such a success and I'm glad that your enjoyed it. Our staff are mainly volunteers who all share a passion for the museum and I'll make sure I pass on your kind comments. If ever you visit this part of the world again I hope... More 

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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I was looking forward to visiting this museum after seeing brouchers in information centre. I was so disappointed...It consisted of 2 rooms size of living room. Most of the exhibits were displayed haphazardly with very little in common. Wainwright exhibit was ok but nothing that moved me. Soooo disappointing... don't waste yr money

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

Hello Christina, I'm really sorry you were disappointed with your visit to the museum. Your comments brought me down to earth a little as I am sure you can see from other comments that we have been receiving fantastic feedback from our museum visitors recently especially with regards to the Wainwright exhibition. The average dwell time in this exhibition alone... More 

Lampeter, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

What a gem! Well worth a visit to see the Wainwright exhibition but also to play the musical stones in their collection. Check out their excellent website for details. We spent a lovely hour there but you need to allow twice that time!

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

Thanks Shan J - we really appreciate your kind words ! I agree that you do need at least an hour for the Wainwright exhibition and then of course the permanent collection has numerous interesting exhibits relating to the local area. Check the website in the school holidays too, as there are usually lots of activities planned for children. More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Needed a stop over whilst on a road trip. Randomly found a car parking space and went inside museum to ask about CPZ charges..staff were so friendly, I ended up staying to look at Wainwright exhibition and couldn't believe how much information they were able to fit into such a small space! Bought a calendar for a relative and enjoyed... More 

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

Thank you for your lovely review ! We are delighted that you took time to visit the Museum and Cafe and even more delighted that you enjoyed it so much. Please call in again next time you are in Keswick. More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

While staying in Keswick we thought i was worth while popping in for a visit . The staff were helpful and explained the layout of the museum . Its very hands on and there are some unusual artifacts to look at . Defiently pop in if your in the area .

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

Glad you enjoyed your visit ! Our staff are mainly local volunteers who are passionate about the museum. Next time you visit check our the activities for children during the school holidays and maybe visit the cafe for lunch More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This was my first visit to the museum. It is in a good location and the cafe next door is very welcome. The actual exhibition was quite good. The artefacts of Wainwrights life were quite interesting, clothes, pens, printing blocks etc... However, a lot of the displays were exhibition design graphics and not particularly engaging. Worthwhile if you are in... More 

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

Hello GilH. Thanks for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your first visit to the museum. The Wainwright Exhibition includes many items which we have sourced from private lenders and other organisations, many of which have never been on public display before and we have endeavoured to make full use of the space available to us. The Wainwright Exhibition is... More 

Basildon
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131 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Last visited here 15 years ago and things have moved on. Went for the Wainwright exhibition and wasn't disappointed - excellent displays although very crowded with a large number of student groups when we were there. The "old" displays are still interesting and hands on which would be excellent for young children and the service in the downstairs cafe was... More 

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

Hello AlanE. Thanks for taking the trouble to review the museum after your visit. We do try to appeal to all ages and have lots of hands-on activities for children during the school holidays. You might also be interested to know that Cafe West has it's own Trip Advisor page 'CafeWest Keswick' More 

Lexington, Massachsetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Beautifully renovated, sited across from a velvety-green town park, and wonderfully curated—with a temporary exhibition on the great Fells hiking expert, Wainwright, during our stay—perfect for a morning's visit.

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

Thanks JSRMass for your great comments. We re-opened last year after a major renovation and the lovely entrance atrium is designed to take fully advantage of the glorious views across the park to the fells beyond. More 

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15 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The Wainwright exhibition was well worth the entry fee, inspired me to get his books out again. There was also detail of the recent all Wainwrights record beating Josh's.

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

Thanks John for your review. We are really pleased that you enjoyed the Wainwright Exhibition which has been very well received by our visitors. More 

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