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“Celebrating a remarkable heroine”

Grace Darling Museum
Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Bamburgh
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Owner description: The RNLI Grace Darling Museum tells the story of Grace and her father's heroic rescue of nine survivors of the wreck of the SS Forfarshire in September 1838. The museum is a small site, with a stunning view from the first floor. The main gallery includes the boat Grace and her father rowed to the rescue. RNLI Grace Darling Museum is a family-friendly site with trails, activities and temporary exhibitions during school holidays. We look forward to welcoming you.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

This is an interesting museum, telling the story of Grace Darling. There are many interesting artefacts on display. The museum is run by the RNLI and is free to visit. I always leave a donation as I feel they could actually charge entry to the museum.

Thank Peggyivy
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Grace Darling museum tells the story of Grace Darling's heroism with a dramatic film shown over the actual coble she and her father used to rescue the survivors of the Forfarshire. There is also a nice display of artefacts and clothing from the period, and a shop full of RNLI goodies. The RNLI has given priority to making this an interesting visitor attraction, so that those looking for an accurate historical record may be a little disappointed. For instance, there is no attempt to plot the actual course of the Forfarshire, or to explain how it ended up on the Big Harcar rock. Nor is it easy to determine who lived and who died on that awful night. The museum makes a very good job of creating interest in a genuine Victorian heroine, but makes very little of the memorial in the churchyard or the splendid (and newly restored) stained glass window in the church of St Aidan - offering no advice as to how to find either. The museum is the best place to begin a visit to Bamburgh, but be warned - there is no dedicated car park and on busy weekends parking in the village is impossible - use the visitor car park opposite the Castle and walk! The museum is free of charge, but don't forget to make a a donation to the RNLI!

Thank ChristoJH
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Plenty to see in this lovely museum - also an interesting short film to watch. Free entry, although donations to the RNLI are welcomed.

Thank MandY565
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Very nicely refurbished, well worth a visit. Very informative the viewing window upper level looking out over the church etc is delightful.

Thank MikeRoss504038
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We visited Bamburgh Castle in the morning and therefore set aside time in the afternoon to visit this museum. It is ideally situated across the road from the church where she is buried although I would recommend you see the museum first. Although it is not big, it is packed full of interesting information and artefacts. This included a dress that she and her sister wore, the boat and other items. There is a very interesting video of the rescue and an interactive item which some people found difficult to work if you don't pay attention to the instructions.
We then wandered upstairs but there was very little there. Off this was another room and we hadn't noticed that it was private for staff working in a second room. It too had little in it but the window showed the garden and we felt this neglected area could be made useful if tidied up with seating as the museum itself, whilst excellent must get very crowded in peak season.
The church was quite interesting but little was made of the Grace Darling tomb outside and we found it because it was a large edifice. Inside the church, we were lucky to see a gilder at work -
not something we've seen before. We were surprised that the Grace Darling museum was free.
We have always felt that the NRLI do such a good job and really should be maintained by the State like the Air Ambulance and Mountain Rescue. It is a sad fact that those people e.g. police, fire and rescue either get paid little or not at all whilst some sportsmen, pop stars etc get millions.
I would therefore urge anyone to donate something to this worthy cause especially as this museum is free!

Thank rondonel
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