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“Interesting exhibitions”
Review of The Dock Museum

The Dock Museum
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50 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Interesting exhibitions”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

The local history, changing exhibitions, location and a good cafe make the musuem a good venue to visit.

Visited September 2012
Thank YorkieCumbria
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Haddenham, United Kingdom
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297 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Oasis in Barrow.”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

I travelled by train from Carnforth to Barrow, along one of the most scenic rail journeys in the UK and spent four hours in Barrow. Barrow has a poor press, but this is not to understand the city. Its population rocketed from about 100 in 1840 to over 80,000 in 1880 because iron ore was discovered, and the subsequent iron and steel foundries created mass employment in the ship and submarine building industries. Then the iron ore ran out, and the industry went into sharp decline, leaving the local population stranded for work. It became like Milton Keynes without the computer, or Durham without its mines. Yes, there are rows of Victorian town houses, but far from being slums they appear well-maintained and there is a strong sense of community. The population of Barrow has not let itself down; it is a product of poor political planning and foresight. By far the best attraction in Barrow is the Dock Museum. Free parking and free entrance into a well laid out and exhibited museum built into a disused dry dock. There are fabulous large scale models of warships built around the turn of the 20th Century and a great many interesting exhibits of Victorian life in Barrow until the present day. Barrow took its fair share in the Blitz of 1940 too, with 600 houses completely destroyed and 1400 severely damaged. 85 people were killed. It is a fascinating and interesting museum and I cannot wait to return.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Michael P
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Barrow-in-furness, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A Great Way to Spend a Rainy Day”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

This is well worth a visit with something to keep all the family amused and interested. Lots of exhibits giving a wonderful history of Barrow and surrounding area all beautifully presented. Lovely place to walk round. Great little cafe.

Visited August 2012
Thank Sheena B
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Los Angeles, California
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101 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“A little piece of Barrow History intact..”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

My boyfriend used to work in Barrow-in-Furness 20 years ago for Vickers Ship Building (now called BAE systems). He has very fond memories of his time there and wanted to show me around this town on our last trip to lake district. There was no way we could get entrance to BAE systems (security issues) but he still wanted me to understand the massive scale of the inside of the shipyard and the history behind it. The Dock Museum has photos, pictures, replicas, scale models, short movies, everything that gives one quite an insight into the history of Barrow-in-Furness and neighboring towns. From its Viking history to iron ore mining to ship building, it's all there inside the Dock Museum. A small cafe provides hot food and snacks. Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate served in ceramic mugs not paper/ plastic ones (always a nice surprise for people like us who have settled in America)..! The pace of life slows down just by having to sit down to eat or drink, rather than always getting stuff "to go"..!
It seemed to us that the Museum has been affected by the recent cuts to their budget (as part of the "austerity" measures brought about by the UK government). This means, shorter staff, shorter hours and fewer operating days for the museum. It's a shame since we would have liked to spend longer time there absorbing all the information that was on display. Museums like this are an invaluable part of historic towns and cities. Please remember to make a donation on your way out.
Beware - Make sure you know the days of operation and the closing times before you go. if you arrive late in the afternoon and you would like to see one or more of the short movies played in the basement, go there first or you will miss them. The movies stop running approx half hour before the museum closes.

Visited September 2012
Thank SwatiMark
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Hornchurch, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Very historic”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

It's such a brilliant way to find the hisory of ships, and it tells you alot of facts about Barrow-In-Furness aswell, brilliant way to spend an afternoon

Visited January 2012
Thank DanielLaw99
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