This is a museum with a lot going for it, we've visited many times and it grows on you! While it's first and foremost the dock museum, it has important 'finds' from all over the Furness Peninsula including the recent Viking coin hoard. This split between two functions means the museum can be difficult to follow, it rewards patience. Much of the structure is built into the old graving dock so it's worth going down below water level...where there are often interesting exhibitions. On the ground floor actual Barrow built sailing ships and models of the bigger Passenger liners, warships and submarines. Good stuff on the industrialisation of the area - much more accessible on a second visit.
Location? Down from Tesco on the road to Walney Island. Good parking, free admission, tasty food at the restaurant, at the water's edge. Recommended. Trip Advisor misses out another gem - at South Walney nature reserve you have a truly unique experience, largest gull cony in Europe plus probable seals etc. Fantastic sea views incl Piel Castle.