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.

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.

We are ready to serve you! Hurry up before we help ourselves...... there may be no stopping us!
28/09/2019

We are ready to serve you! Hurry up before we help ourselves...... there may be no stopping us!

We have cakes and bakes galore! We have coffee and tea! Whats not to love? Come and join us for our Macmillan coffee mor...
28/09/2019

We have cakes and bakes galore! We have coffee and tea! Whats not to love? Come and join us for our Macmillan coffee morning.

We have a wonderful write up for the Roald Dahl Day we held in this weeks Westmorland Gazette.
27/09/2019

We have a wonderful write up for the Roald Dahl Day we held in this weeks Westmorland Gazette.

26/09/2019

As of Today we now have longer opening hours.

The days we are open will remain as Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

However, the new opening hours are now 9:30 AM till 4:45 PM, with last entry being at 4:00 PM.

More time to peruse our wonderful collections at your leisure!

Lots going on in the museum today. The Roald Dahl Day is buzzing! Still plenty of time to come and join in.
14/09/2019

Lots going on in the museum today. The Roald Dahl Day is buzzing! Still plenty of time to come and join in.

Willy Wonka is here for our Roald Dahl Day!Come and join in the fun! We’re open until 4pm.
14/09/2019

Willy Wonka is here for our Roald Dahl Day!
Come and join in the fun! We’re open until 4pm.

Don't forget were also doing a Dahlicious Dress up  this Saturday for the Roald Dahl Family Fun Day!. It's not compulsor...
11/09/2019
Roald Dahl

Don't forget were also doing a Dahlicious Dress up this Saturday for the Roald Dahl Family Fun Day!. It's not compulsory. But it's always fun to dress up. Plus there is an opportunity to win a prize.

With the date fast approaching there may not be much time to create a masterpiece.

Costumes can be as simple or detailed as you wish (or as time might allow). Here are some ideas for simple creations:

Matilda Wormwood (Matilda)
Blue dress (actually any dress will do!), hairband and a pile of books.

Mr or Mrs Twit (The Twits)
Scruffy clothes, messy hair and a long warty nose for Mrs Twit, scruffy beard for Mr Twit.

Sophie (The BFG)
Pink dress (or a nightie) and glasses

Charlie Bucket (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Charlie wears old clothes - just jeans and an old t-shirt will do. Just remember to decorate a golden ticket and you'll look the part.

Miss Spider (James and the Giant Peach)
Black top and black leggings or trousers, stuff a couple of pairs of black tights with newspaper to create extra spider legs and drape around the neck or attach to a belt.

Yummy Yellow
Don't forget, yellow was Roald Dahl's favourite colour so you can join in the Dahlicious Dress Up Day by wearing anything yellow.

The best dressed person will win 22 Matilda pencils and erasers, a Marvin the Crocodile cookie cutter and a team marvellous badge.

All you need to do is turn up dressed as your favourite Roald Dahl Character and have a photo taken on the day.

The winner will be announced after the day has finished.

Admission:
Adults: £5.00
5-18 yr Olds: £2.00
Under 5's: Free!

Last admission 3.30 pm.

All children must be supervised by an adult.

Our predictions for London Fashion Week 2020: purple velvet jackets, red hair bows and… golden ticket dresses. You heard it here first.

Hold your own Dahlicious Dress Up Day this Roald Dahl Day.
➡️ http://po.st/dahlicious

Kendal Museum is taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Save the date...... Saturday 28th September from 10a...
22/08/2019

Kendal Museum is taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
Save the date...... Saturday 28th September from 10am to 1pm.

We have ferocious Roman soldiers guarding and protecting us! It’s definitely safe, if not highly desirable, to visit.
16/08/2019

We have ferocious Roman soldiers guarding and protecting us! It’s definitely safe, if not highly desirable, to visit.

14/08/2019
Kendal Museum

Kendal Museum

It's Competition time!

In honour of James and the Giant Peach we are hosting an insect home decorating competition at our Roald Dahl Family Fun Day on Saturday 14th September 10.00 am - 4.00pm.

On the day you can decorate your very own insect box to take home with you, along with a salt dough magnet in the shape of the Roald Dahl Childrens Charity mascot Marvin the Crocodile.

It will be £4.00 to take part and there will be a prize for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd best decorated. Proceeds will be given to the Roald Dahl's Childrens Charity.

Prizes to be revealed soon.

Who's going to get the golden tickets?

Come and take part and give those bugs a home!

Admission:
Adults: £5.00
5-18 yr Olds: £2.00
Under 5's: Free!

Last admission 3.30pm.

14/08/2019

It's Competition time!

In honour of James and the Giant Peach we are hosting an insect home decorating competition at our Roald Dahl Family Fun Day on Saturday 14th September 10.00 am - 4.00pm.

On the day you can decorate your very own insect box to take home with you, along with a salt dough magnet in the shape of the Roald Dahl Childrens Charity mascot Marvin the Crocodile.

It will be £4.00 to take part and there will be a prize for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd best decorated. Proceeds will be given to the Roald Dahl's Childrens Charity.

Prizes to be revealed soon.

Who's going to get the golden tickets?

Come and take part and give those bugs a home!

Admission:
Adults: £5.00
5-18 yr Olds: £2.00
Under 5's: Free!

Last admission 3.30pm.

One of many lovely comments from a happy visitor!Thanks!
09/08/2019

One of many lovely comments from a happy visitor!
Thanks!

Kendal Museum
09/08/2019

Kendal Museum

Inspired by Kendal Museum's stunning exotic bird collection, local artist and storyteller Claire Griffel created the colourful children's book 'Quet-zal's Tail'. This beautiful book is now available to purchase in Kendal Museum's shop, with proceeds going towards Imagine Senegal: a voluntary project that twins local primary schools with schools in Senegal, West Africa. If you would like to know more, please see the website: https://www.imaginesenegal.com/
Books are priced at £10 each!

Inspired by Kendal Museum's stunning exotic bird collection, local artist and storyteller Claire Griffel created the col...
08/08/2019

Inspired by Kendal Museum's stunning exotic bird collection, local artist and storyteller Claire Griffel created the colourful children's book 'Quet-zal's Tail'. This beautiful book is now available to purchase in Kendal Museum's shop, with proceeds going towards Imagine Senegal: a voluntary project that twins local primary schools with schools in Senegal, West Africa. If you would like to know more, please see the website: https://www.imaginesenegal.com/
Books are priced at £10 each!

Two lovely visitors came to sample our Tour, Talk and Tea.A guided tour round our fascinating displays and collections a...
01/08/2019

Two lovely visitors came to sample our Tour, Talk and Tea.
A guided tour round our fascinating displays and collections and a cream tea with home made scones, jam and clotted cream. What's not to love?
Get in touch and book for yourselves or as a gift to loved ones.

WE ARE OPEN!Sadly Victoria Bridge, in Kendal, is closed but KENDAL MUSEUM IS OPEN!Do come and see us!We are open 10am - ...
25/07/2019

WE ARE OPEN!
Sadly Victoria Bridge, in Kendal, is closed but
KENDAL MUSEUM IS OPEN!
Do come and see us!
We are open 10am - 4pm Thursday - Saturday

Kendal Museum
20/07/2019

Kendal Museum

For the Festival of Archaeology we have a sword event at the museum.
Come and find our swords and their history, in our Archaeology collections. Then why not decorate your own sword?

For the Festival of Archaeology we have a sword event at the museum.Come and find our swords and their history, in our A...
20/07/2019

For the Festival of Archaeology we have a sword event at the museum.
Come and find our swords and their history, in our Archaeology collections. Then why not decorate your own sword?

A wonderful exhibition preview underway for ‘Edgelands’ - a varied, very high quality selection of works by South LakesA...
18/07/2019

A wonderful exhibition preview underway for ‘Edgelands’ - a varied, very high quality selection of works by South LakesArts Collective.
The exhibition was introduced and opened by Cllr. Shaun Blezard and attended by well over 50 people.
Not to be missed, the exhibition is at Kendal Museum until 29th August.

Summer at Kendal Museum!
11/07/2019

Summer at Kendal Museum!

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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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!
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Paid the museum a visit today - fantastic interesting exhibitions! Loved the animal exhibitions - well thought out to make it real interesting. Thank you!