Kendal Museum

Kendal Museum Founded in 1796, Kendal Museum's fascinating collections include local archaeology, history, geology and natural history from around the globe. The museum also hosts exhibitions, displays and offers a range of activities, talks and courses.
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The Museum is open Thursday to Saturday, 10am - 4pm. The last entrance to the Museum is at 3.30 pm. Please allow at least one hour for your visit. If we have a temporary exhibition on please allow longer.

Here's another couple of photos from our Young Archaeologists' Club Challenge.  Charlotte as 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'...
10/06/2020

Here's another couple of photos from our Young Archaeologists' Club Challenge. Charlotte as 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' and Wendy (one of the YAC leaders) as Elizabeth I - great use of a head massager!!

Here's Alexander of the Kendal Young Archaeologists' Club recreating a portrait of Henry VIII!
07/06/2020

Here's Alexander of the Kendal Young Archaeologists' Club recreating a portrait of Henry VIII!

As the Kendal YAC have not been able to meet recently, we set them a virtual challenge: recreate an historic scene or po...
04/06/2020

As the Kendal YAC have not been able to meet recently, we set them a virtual challenge: recreate an historic scene or portrait of a historical figure. Here's our first submission of a Leonardo da Vinci portrait which we are really impressed with!

Kendal Museum is closed to the public but our curators Morag and Carol are busy making sure it is ready to welcome you w...
23/04/2020

Kendal Museum is closed to the public but our curators Morag and Carol are busy making sure it is ready to welcome you when we re-open.

Hello Everybody!The Buxton Museum Bear gave me a call recently to tell me all about his adventures now that our museums ...
04/04/2020

Hello Everybody!

The Buxton Museum Bear gave me a call recently to tell me all about his adventures now that our museums are free from humans. He also mentioned how he’d had so much fun playing in the lift that it’s now broken down! I’m sure he’ll manage to get it back into action before any humans come back, so shhh, don’t tell them!

It’s funny looking out of the windows in here and not seeing my good friend, Preston the volunteer gardener, working away on the borders. He’s such a cheery chap, I do hope he’s staying well. He’s the first one who told me to make sure I wash my hands and not touch my face all those weeks ago. I have to say, these claws that my curator Carol has recently sharpened would make quite a mess of my face if I were to touch it! They come in handy when I go out in the mornings to hunt though. I’ve yet to find seals in the River Kent, but I did see some otters recently. Have you seen them too?

Did you know that the Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger, became extinct in 1936 and had a backward-facing pouch for carrying its young?

The other night I heard a rustle, and what do you know? I had a visit from my dearest friend, Thylacine, or Thylacinus cynocephalus. I was thrilled to see her! Thyla had some rather juicy gossip from the other side of the World Wildlife Gallery: the Birds of Paradise had all decided to up sticks and move nests to the rear end of Colonel Fothergill’s horse in the Kendal and Westmorland Gallery. Well, I do wonder what the humans will make of that when they return! It’ll be a heck of a din for them day to day, especially as it’s nesting season. Which different species of birds can you hear outside your window enjoying the start of Spring?

We had quite a night of it actually, with a midnight feast of cocoa and popcorn, we sneaked up to Manager Michael’s office and watched The Jungle Book. Thyla’s dance moves to The Bare Necessities were quite outrageous. Goodness, the humans are going to have quite a shock when they check the CCTV! What are your bare necessities? For me, it’s the biscuit tin, and luckily, the humans weren’t smart enough at hiding it here!

You can make up your own dance with my cousin Mowgli here - make sure it’s outrageous!: https://youtu.be/5dhSdnDb3tk

Well, that’s all from me for now. It’s been great to write to you and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my adventures. You can find out lots more about Kendal Museum by typing in kendalmuseum.org.uk to your Google-y box.

Love from the Kendal Polar Bear x

Transcribed by Sophia McNeill (Museum Assistant human)

Hands up 🙋🏻‍♀️ who knew we have a digital collection to browse online?📸 Sunset Agate from our Hamer collection👉🏻 Explore...
30/03/2020

Hands up 🙋🏻‍♀️ who knew we have a digital collection to browse online?

📸 Sunset Agate from our Hamer collection

👉🏻 Explore here http://collections.kendalmuseum.org.uk/

Living where we do, this lockdown has awakened our senses to spring budding around us, sped up by the sunshine. ☀️ What ...
27/03/2020

Living where we do, this lockdown has awakened our senses to spring budding around us, sped up by the sunshine. ☀️ What have you noticed in your daily exercise time? We spotted this abandoned nest on a usually busy bridleway and thought it would be a pretty cosy home for somebody. 🐣

In this uncertain time, what are you doing to ease anxiety? We’ve been having a look through old holiday logbooks and lo...
21/03/2020

In this uncertain time, what are you doing to ease anxiety? We’ve been having a look through old holiday logbooks and look who we stumbled across! A marsh harrier, hen harrier, kestrels and kites from a visit to @kendalmuseum one rainy holiday in 1963. (Pity about the spelling, Mum!) What plans do you have for this unexpected time? Crafts or outdoors? Writing or reading? We’d love to hear. #museumonlockdown #closedfornow #coronavirus #kendal #kendalmuseum

Temporary closure of @kendalmuseum - please see our website for the full statement. Let us know which bits of our collec...
18/03/2020

Temporary closure of @kendalmuseum - please see our website for the full statement. Let us know which bits of our collections you’d like to see on our social channels over the coming weeks. We’re all ears. Keep well everyone 💪🏼

Jessica Elleray : Artist
05/03/2020

Jessica Elleray : Artist

A small selection of some of the objects held when Morag Clement opened Kendal Museum 's archaeological collections for a special handling and sculpting session. Also swipe for some of the sculptures made in the 18+ session as promised, inspired by Roman brooches and pottery sherds.
Thanks to Great Place: Lakes and Dales for funding!

The Young Archaeologists' Club had a great Art and Archaeology session today.   Object handling with the Archaeology Cur...
29/02/2020

The Young Archaeologists' Club had a great Art and Archaeology session today. Object handling with the Archaeology Curator then clay modelling with Jessica Elleray.

It's International Polar Bear Day, and to celebrate, our Natural History Curator gave every Kendalian's favourite bear a...
27/02/2020

It's International Polar Bear Day, and to celebrate, our Natural History Curator gave every Kendalian's favourite bear a pamper!

Isn’t nature amazing?! We love finding patterns in the natural world. 🐚 Here’s a close up of our beautiful brain coral w...
24/02/2020

Isn’t nature amazing?! We love finding patterns in the natural world. 🐚 Here’s a close up of our beautiful brain coral which we were reminded of (or just borderline obsessed with!) when exploring the snow-melt this morning. ❄️ What patterns have you seen in nature recently? 🌱

This coat stand has had a busy couple of days! 🧣🥾🧥 Thanks to everyone who’s visited so far over half term. It may be mis...
21/02/2020

This coat stand has had a busy couple of days! 🧣🥾🧥 Thanks to everyone who’s visited so far over half term. It may be miserable out but a warm hello is waiting just through our beautiful double doors 🦢👋🏽 🦥#rainraingoaway #halfterm #kendal #kendalmuseum

Carol enters Asia: A bit of light maintenance (pics 1-3) from our Natural History Curator here, plus an outtake (pic 4) ...
08/02/2020

Carol enters Asia: A bit of light maintenance (pics 1-3) from our Natural History Curator here, plus an outtake (pic 4) as she escapes a sneaky ambush by the leopard and tiger 🐆🦚🐅

Not bad for a morning’s work! 😍 Great to have South Cumbria Urban Sketchers in the Museum last week. If you’d like to ma...
07/02/2020

Not bad for a morning’s work! 😍 Great to have South Cumbria Urban Sketchers in the Museum last week. If you’d like to make a group booking, give us a call on 01539 815597.

Ooo what a fabulous opportunity for creative minds! If you or someone you know are interested, get along to the informat...
31/01/2020

Ooo what a fabulous opportunity for creative minds! If you or someone you know are interested, get along to the information session on Tuesday 🎪🎤

A great YAC session this morning learning about Chinese Warriors. The next few sessions will continue to focus on China ...
18/01/2020

A great YAC session this morning learning about Chinese Warriors. The next few sessions will continue to focus on China and the Far East.

From the Kendal Museum team, Cervus the Red Deer, our wonderful Polar Post Bear, and all the other animals and artefacts...
24/12/2019

From the Kendal Museum team, Cervus the Red Deer, our wonderful Polar Post Bear, and all the other animals and artefacts...

We wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Museum will be back open at 9.30am on Thursday 9 January. See you in 2020!

🥳🍾🦌🎄🏺

Just like the @royalmailofficial today’s the last posting day for our Polar Post service. Don’t forget to pop in by 4.45...
20/12/2019

Just like the @royalmailofficial today’s the last posting day for our Polar Post service. Don’t forget to pop in by 4.45pm tomorrow and pick up your replies!

#polarpost #postalservice #polarmail #polarpostforkendal #kendal #lastchance

We’re all lit up... (like a Christmas tree!) 🎄 Time’s running out to post your letters to Father Christmas so pop in tod...
13/12/2019

We’re all lit up... (like a Christmas tree!) 🎄 Time’s running out to post your letters to Father Christmas so pop in today or tomorrow to make sure you get a reply before the big day 📮📜💌

Our curator Carol is making great progress on our new horse, adding fur and conditioning it to match the existing coat. ...
05/12/2019

Our curator Carol is making great progress on our new horse, adding fur and conditioning it to match the existing coat. His ears will then be reinstalled and he'll be ready for dressing!

Last Saturday saw the Young Archaeology Club celebrating Christmas/winter in an East Asian way. We had our own Kendal YA...
30/11/2019

Last Saturday saw the Young Archaeology Club celebrating Christmas/winter in an East Asian way. We had our own Kendal YAC version of a Dongzhi Celebration, focusing on China and Japan.

The Polar Post returns to Kendal Museum!Post your letter before Saturday 21 December and receive a personal reply from F...
23/11/2019

The Polar Post returns to Kendal Museum!

Post your letter before Saturday 21 December and receive a personal reply from Father Christmas himself. A bargain at £1 per child!

We're on Station Road, LA9 6BT and we're open Thursday-Saturday 9.30am-4.45pm (last entry 4pm).

Kendal Museum's cover photo
22/11/2019

Kendal Museum's cover photo

Du’ee mak yersel at ‘ome! We are inviting you to visit us at the Museum and see whether you would like to devote some of...
22/11/2019

Du’ee mak yersel at ‘ome! We are inviting you to visit us at the Museum and see whether you would like to devote some of your time to join our friendly gang of volunteers. You would be joining us at a perfect time to help kickstart our exciting development programme. A background in the following would be especially helpful: retail, maintenance, catering, housekeeping, fundraising, marketing and websites, tour guiding, sustainability and educational work. We are totally flexible on hours. Pop in and meet us, send us a DM, email or give us a ring, we’d love to hear from you. As well as other benefits, our tea and biscuits are delicious! 01539 815597 or [email protected]

Can you guess what today's exciting addition to the Museum is?! Huge thanks to the team at the Royal Armouries Leeds for...
15/11/2019

Can you guess what today's exciting addition to the Museum is?! Huge thanks to the team at the Royal Armouries Leeds for making this happen. Pop in soon to see the full picture...

All ready for A Night at The Museum! A great sleepover last night to celebrate a birthday. Torchlight tour, trails, game...
02/11/2019

All ready for A Night at The Museum!
A great sleepover last night to celebrate a birthday. Torchlight tour, trails, games, a film and sleeping in the World Wildlife Gallery, with the animals. Only a little bit scary......

Another great Birthday Party in the Wildlife Gallery, including a torchlight tour.Why not give us a call and arrange you...
22/10/2019

Another great Birthday Party in the Wildlife Gallery, including a torchlight tour.
Why not give us a call and arrange your child's next party with us?
Call 01539 815597, email [email protected] or check out the website at www.kendalmuseum.org.uk for more information

Here are the results of how much money you have helped us raise for two brilliant charities. Thank you so much for the s...
10/10/2019

Here are the results of how much money you have helped us raise for two brilliant charities. Thank you so much for the support!

Two 'Cheeky Cherry' photos of wonderful customers today.Why don't you come down and have a photo taken and share it on s...
28/09/2019

Two 'Cheeky Cherry' photos of wonderful customers today.
Why don't you come down and have a photo taken and share it on social media using #MacmillanCoffeeMorning
There's plenty of cake left!

Our prizes seem to have grown overnight! Also, if you didn’t get a chance to buy any of the handmade Quentin Blake fabri...
28/09/2019

Our prizes seem to have grown overnight!

Also, if you didn’t get a chance to buy any of the handmade Quentin Blake fabric items on Roald Dahl Day we still have a limited amount available in the shop(£1 from each sale goes to the Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity).

If you ever want to just pop in to shop please know you are always welcome. We have many items produced by local artists which make lovely gifts.

Address

Station Road
Kendal
LA9 6BT

The nearest mainline station is Oxenholme the Lake District. Kendal Station is situated on the opposite side of the road From Kendal Museum.

Opening Hours

Thursday 09:30 - 16:45
Friday 09:30 - 16:45
Saturday 09:30 - 16:45

Telephone

01539 815597

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Founded in 1796, Kendal Museum is one of the oldest museums in the UK. A worldwide collection of the rare and beautiful is uniquely preserved for posterity. Cumbria’s rich heritage is displayed: from Neolithic and Roman relics, to expeditions of discovery during the Victorian era. Follow a nature trail that began 520 million years ago and discover how the Lake District was formed, and learn about the plants and animals that live in the Lakeland habitats.

With interactive displays, dress-up fun and activity packs for children the museum is wonderfully family friendly, and under-5s go free!

The Museum is open Tuesday to Thursday from 9.30am until 4.45pm. The last entrance to the Museum is at 4.00 pm. Please allow at least one hour for your visit. If we have a temporary exhibition on display please allow longer. Birthday parties, talks, tours and other special events can be booked at the museum, please call 01539 815597 for more information.

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are you only open thursday friday and saturday in the childrens holidays also? I was hoping to visit today!!
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Travel to Barrow Market for a festive treat with Dave New Coaches. Enjoy shopping in Cumbria's biggest indoor market where 55 independent traders welcome you. You'll be entertained by Danny Matthews, Bay radio DJ, meet Santa and enjoy a complimentary Festive Afternoon Tea as well as enjoy shopping in the market for all those lovely Christmas treats. Dave New Tours will pick up from the Shakespeare Hotel in Kendal at 10am and you will be greeted at Barrow Market Hall just before 11am. The coach will return to pick up from the market at 2pm and take the coastal route back to Kendal so you can enjoy the breathtaking views. Tickets are £10 per person and can be booked by calling 01229 838508
Poor showing that you're only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the Summer Holidays (according to your website) Is this a funding issue? If so, why are Kendal College still responsible for its operation?
We’ve just got home after a fantastic 6th birthday party at the museum for our daughter. What a great place for a party. The torchlight tour was brilliant, party bags for all the kids and even a present for the birthday girl. A huge thanks to Margaret and the team for an unforgettable afternoon. Highly recommended. We even added our own exhibit!
How do i do family research there? MY family Stephen Harrison was born and died there 1446-1498 in Kendall, Westmoreland, England. Thanks!
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Hello everybody ! Goodmorning of France and from my cat Rheagan ! 😊
Paid the museum a visit today - fantastic interesting exhibitions! Loved the animal exhibitions - well thought out to make it real interesting. Thank you!