Kendal Museum

Kendal Museum Founded in 1796, Kendal Museum's fascinating collections include local archaeology, history, geology and natural history from around the globe.
(36)

The museum also hosts exhibitions, displays and offers a range of activities, talks and courses. 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.

Operating as usual

Kendal Museum invited 38 local primary schools to participate in an Art and Photography Competition celebrating all thin...
03/07/2021

Kendal Museum invited 38 local primary schools to participate in an Art and Photography Competition celebrating all things nature and wildlife. The children were asked to draw, paint or photograph anything they had seen and experienced throughout the weeks of lockdown.

“We were overwhelmed by the response and delighted to receive so many entries from local children. They all worked really hard and were so imaginative; they should all be very proud of their work,” said Michael Bult, Kendal Museum manager.

The community-driven competition was aimed to encourage local children to focus on the few positive aspects of lockdown; going for local walks with their parents, birdwatching through their windows and getting to know nature.

Scarlett, aged 9, said, “during lockdown I was inspired to take photographs of the ducks who seemed to be having lots of fun.”

The final entry date for the competition was on the 19th of June, and the entries will soon be displayed in a special exhibition for everyone to enjoy.

The winners for both age groups in each category will receive prizes from the competition sponsors Youdells Art Shop and Morrisons Supermarket. James Bell, a renowned Lakes Photographer, will be judging the photography entries. Claire Griffel, a local artist, photographer and storyteller, will judge the art entries, along with Mat Butler, local artist and Creative Director of local charity Space2Create. Over and above the formal judging, parents, guardians and the general public are welcome to come and vote for their personal favourites by visiting the exhibition.

The competition entries will be displayed over the summer holidays in the exhibition gallery at Kendal Museum from the 8th of July and will be open from 9.30 to 4.30, Thursday to Saturday.

Find out more about our competition sponsors and judges on our website at www.kendalmuseum.org.uk/wild

Kendal Museum invited 38 local primary schools to participate in an Art and Photography Competition celebrating all things nature and wildlife. The children were asked to draw, paint or photograph anything they had seen and experienced throughout the weeks of lockdown.

“We were overwhelmed by the response and delighted to receive so many entries from local children. They all worked really hard and were so imaginative; they should all be very proud of their work,” said Michael Bult, Kendal Museum manager.

The community-driven competition was aimed to encourage local children to focus on the few positive aspects of lockdown; going for local walks with their parents, birdwatching through their windows and getting to know nature.

Scarlett, aged 9, said, “during lockdown I was inspired to take photographs of the ducks who seemed to be having lots of fun.”

The final entry date for the competition was on the 19th of June, and the entries will soon be displayed in a special exhibition for everyone to enjoy.

The winners for both age groups in each category will receive prizes from the competition sponsors Youdells Art Shop and Morrisons Supermarket. James Bell, a renowned Lakes Photographer, will be judging the photography entries. Claire Griffel, a local artist, photographer and storyteller, will judge the art entries, along with Mat Butler, local artist and Creative Director of local charity Space2Create. Over and above the formal judging, parents, guardians and the general public are welcome to come and vote for their personal favourites by visiting the exhibition.

The competition entries will be displayed over the summer holidays in the exhibition gallery at Kendal Museum from the 8th of July and will be open from 9.30 to 4.30, Thursday to Saturday.

Find out more about our competition sponsors and judges on our website at www.kendalmuseum.org.uk/wild

Just 3 days to go until the last submission date for our Wild Art and Photography Competition! You can either e-mail you...
16/06/2021

Just 3 days to go until the last submission date for our Wild Art and Photography Competition!

You can either e-mail your entries or hand them to us in person when we are open on Thursday to Saturday.

Entries must be submitted by 5pm on Saturday 19th June.

Find all the details on our website.

🧡 Good luck!! 🧡

Just 3 days to go until the last submission date for our Wild Art and Photography Competition!

You can either e-mail your entries or hand them to us in person when we are open on Thursday to Saturday.

Entries must be submitted by 5pm on Saturday 19th June.

Find all the details on our website.

🧡 Good luck!! 🧡

🌿 CALLING ALL KENDAL CRAFTERS! 🌿👉 Are you a Kendal creative? (Or cumbrian even!)👉 We're busy creating our new shop and a...
12/06/2021

🌿 CALLING ALL KENDAL CRAFTERS! 🌿

👉 Are you a Kendal creative? (Or cumbrian even!)

👉 We're busy creating our new shop and are seeking local craft work to enhance our range.

👉 Do you make pottery, gifts or jewellery? We would love to hear from you. Why not pop in on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday?

👉 Alternatively please e-mail Mitsu at [email protected]

🌿 CALLING ALL KENDAL CRAFTERS! 🌿

👉 Are you a Kendal creative? (Or cumbrian even!)

👉 We're busy creating our new shop and are seeking local craft work to enhance our range.

👉 Do you make pottery, gifts or jewellery? We would love to hear from you. Why not pop in on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday?

👉 Alternatively please e-mail Mitsu at [email protected]

Object of the Week! 🕰⏰Curator Morag talks about the Tebay Station Clock, kindly donated by a generous member of the publ...
11/06/2021

Object of the Week! 🕰⏰

Curator Morag talks about the Tebay Station Clock, kindly donated by a generous member of the public.

Did you know that Tebay used to have a railway station?

https://kendalmuseum.org.uk/object-of-the-week-tebay-station-clock/

Object of the Week! 🕰⏰

Curator Morag talks about the Tebay Station Clock, kindly donated by a generous member of the public.

Did you know that Tebay used to have a railway station?

https://kendalmuseum.org.uk/object-of-the-week-tebay-station-clock/

Just ten days to go to enter your child's art or photography to our Wild Art and Photography Competition. Can you help u...
09/06/2021

Just ten days to go to enter your child's art or photography to our Wild Art and Photography Competition. Can you help us spread the word?!?

We want to see pictures of local wildlife. Draw, paint or photograph any image from the great outdoors; birds bees and beautiful trees, flowers, ferns and foliage. We'd love to see it!

You can hand your entries to us in person or via email to [email protected].

Don't forget to include your child's name, age and which school they go to. By entering you agree to the terms and conditions as listed on our website at
www.kendalmuseum.org.uk/wild

Just ten days to go to enter your child's art or photography to our Wild Art and Photography Competition. Can you help us spread the word?!?

We want to see pictures of local wildlife. Draw, paint or photograph any image from the great outdoors; birds bees and beautiful trees, flowers, ferns and foliage. We'd love to see it!

You can hand your entries to us in person or via email to [email protected].

Don't forget to include your child's name, age and which school they go to. By entering you agree to the terms and conditions as listed on our website at
www.kendalmuseum.org.uk/wild

🌞 We've got new visitors in the museum shop! 🌞 This lovely little fella is ready and waiting for someone to give him a l...
05/06/2021

🌞 We've got new visitors in the museum shop!

🌞 This lovely little fella is ready and waiting for someone to give him a loving home!

🌞 You can come and visit our newly updated museum shop from Thursday to Saturday, 9.30 - 4.30! We've got gifts and toys galore.

❤ Hit the like button to give our baby polar bear a cuddle! ❤

🌸 Have you seen any blossoming Hawthorn yet? 🌸 It is also known as the May Tree or Crataegus Monogyna.🌸 We'd love to see...
02/06/2021

🌸 Have you seen any blossoming Hawthorn yet?

🌸 It is also known as the May Tree or Crataegus Monogyna.

🌸 We'd love to see your pictures of new blooms!

🌸 Post them in the comments

⬇️⬇️⬇️

🌸 Have you seen any blossoming Hawthorn yet?

🌸 It is also known as the May Tree or Crataegus Monogyna.

🌸 We'd love to see your pictures of new blooms!

🌸 Post them in the comments

⬇️⬇️⬇️

JUST OVER THREE WEEKS TO GO until our Wild Art and Photography Competition closes on Saturday 19th June! 🧑‍🎨Have you ent...
27/05/2021

JUST OVER THREE WEEKS TO GO until our Wild Art and Photography Competition closes on Saturday 19th June! 🧑‍🎨

Have you entered your artwork or photograph yet?

Remember, you can hand in your entries in person or via e-mail to [email protected]! 📧

All the information can be found on our website at www.kendalmuseum.org.uk/wild

Tag a friend to let them know!

Museum Assistant Sarah found a poor Swift with a broken wing in their garden yesterday and took it to a vet to be cared ...
26/05/2021

Museum Assistant Sarah found a poor Swift with a broken wing in their garden yesterday and took it to a vet to be cared for. It is very rare to see a Swift this close up as they sleep on the wing and rarely land!

We are open Thursday to Saturday 9.30 - 4! You can come and learn all about different birds!

---

#Swift #Birding #ornithology #cumbria #visitcumbria #kendalmuseum #lakedistrict #visitkendal @visit_kendal @kendalanimal @lakedistricttravelguide #birds #RSPCA #RSPB

Museum Assistant Sarah found a poor Swift with a broken wing in their garden yesterday and took it to a vet to be cared for. It is very rare to see a Swift this close up as they sleep on the wing and rarely land!

We are open Thursday to Saturday 9.30 - 4! You can come and learn all about different birds!

---

#Swift #Birding #ornithology #cumbria #visitcumbria #kendalmuseum #lakedistrict #visitkendal @visit_kendal @kendalanimal @lakedistricttravelguide #birds #RSPCA #RSPB

We have a lovely volunteer working with the egg collection today. Have you ever seen so many different eggs?!🔎 Our task ...
14/05/2021

We have a lovely volunteer working with the egg collection today. Have you ever seen so many different eggs?!

🔎 Our task is to look for a specific species - a bit like looking for an 'egg in a haystack'. At the same time it is fascinating to see the notes made by the Victorian collectors.

While these eggs are beautiful it is completely against the law to collect eggs now. This resource is used for research purposes only.

Eggciting stuff! 🥚😄

We have a lovely volunteer working with the egg collection today. Have you ever seen so many different eggs?!

🔎 Our task is to look for a specific species - a bit like looking for an 'egg in a haystack'. At the same time it is fascinating to see the notes made by the Victorian collectors.

While these eggs are beautiful it is completely against the law to collect eggs now. This resource is used for research purposes only.

Eggciting stuff! 🥚😄

In case you missed it, we're reopening next Thursday! You can book tickets via our TicketSource to avoid disappointment....
13/05/2021

In case you missed it, we're reopening next Thursday! You can book tickets via our TicketSource to avoid disappointment.

www.ticketsource.co.uk/kendalmuseum

If you'd like to know more about our Covid-19 safety measures, you can do so on our website.

We can't wait to welcome you all back!

See you soon.

😃

In case you missed it, we're reopening next Thursday! You can book tickets via our TicketSource to avoid disappointment.

www.ticketsource.co.uk/kendalmuseum

If you'd like to know more about our Covid-19 safety measures, you can do so on our website.

We can't wait to welcome you all back!

See you soon.

😃

🌳 Have you heard the news?! We're having a competition! 🌳🦋 Anyone between the ages of 4 and 11 can take part, free of ch...
07/05/2021

🌳 Have you heard the news?! We're having a competition! 🌳

🦋 Anyone between the ages of 4 and 11 can take part, free of charge!

🐦Think about the animals and plants you can see from your window. Have you seen any trees, birds, creepy-crawlies or flowers on your local walks with your parents? We want to see them! Create a piece of artwork or take a photograph of a wild thing!

What can I win?

There are amazing prizes to be won in two age categories, 4-7 and 8-11, with separate prizes for art entries and photography entries. The winners in both age groups for photography and art will receive prizes for first place which include:

- A selection of arts and craft materials, kindly donated by our sponsor, Youdells Art Shop in Kendal

- A super kids hamper kindly donated by Morrisons in Kendal

- A Kendal Museum goody bag

- Free entry to the museum for the named winners for a year

- Have your photograph or artwork displayed in a special exhibition at the museum

All entries will be displayed at the museum even if you do not win! You can come and vote for your favourite when you visit us. The winner of the special people’s vote will receive a separate additional prize!

The winners of the competition will be chosen by a panel of special guest judges, including representatives from Youdells Art Shop, Morrisons Kendal and Kendal College!

🐝To find out more about how to enter and to view our terms and conditions just visit our website at: www.kendalmuseum.org.uk/wild 🐝

🌳 Have you heard the news?! We're having a competition! 🌳

🦋 Anyone between the ages of 4 and 11 can take part, free of charge!

🐦Think about the animals and plants you can see from your window. Have you seen any trees, birds, creepy-crawlies or flowers on your local walks with your parents? We want to see them! Create a piece of artwork or take a photograph of a wild thing!

What can I win?

There are amazing prizes to be won in two age categories, 4-7 and 8-11, with separate prizes for art entries and photography entries. The winners in both age groups for photography and art will receive prizes for first place which include:

- A selection of arts and craft materials, kindly donated by our sponsor, Youdells Art Shop in Kendal

- A super kids hamper kindly donated by Morrisons in Kendal

- A Kendal Museum goody bag

- Free entry to the museum for the named winners for a year

- Have your photograph or artwork displayed in a special exhibition at the museum

All entries will be displayed at the museum even if you do not win! You can come and vote for your favourite when you visit us. The winner of the special people’s vote will receive a separate additional prize!

The winners of the competition will be chosen by a panel of special guest judges, including representatives from Youdells Art Shop, Morrisons Kendal and Kendal College!

🐝To find out more about how to enter and to view our terms and conditions just visit our website at: www.kendalmuseum.org.uk/wild 🐝

Have you ever heard of a knitting stick? 🤔Curator Morag writes:Knitting sticks were used to hold double pointed needles ...
06/05/2021

Have you ever heard of a knitting stick? 🤔

Curator Morag writes:

Knitting sticks were used to hold double pointed needles which were useful when knitting standing up, outside, or on the move. Knitting used to be an ongoing task, to be fitted in amongst all the other chores. Often they were carved as love tokens indicated by the designs and initials.

You can read all about it on our website!

Click here for more information:
https://kendalmuseum.org.uk/object-of-the-week-knitting-sticks/

Have you ever heard of a knitting stick? 🤔

Curator Morag writes:

Knitting sticks were used to hold double pointed needles which were useful when knitting standing up, outside, or on the move. Knitting used to be an ongoing task, to be fitted in amongst all the other chores. Often they were carved as love tokens indicated by the designs and initials.

You can read all about it on our website!

Click here for more information:
https://kendalmuseum.org.uk/object-of-the-week-knitting-sticks/

Wow! Look at this beetle from our collection! This one is around 10 cms long! 😲 Have you ever seen one this big?!Luckily...
05/05/2021

Wow! Look at this beetle from our collection! This one is around 10 cms long! 😲 Have you ever seen one this big?!

Luckily we do not have these beetles in the UK, but soon we will see the May bug which is quite big (although entirely harmless). Carol the Curator will tell you about this one soon. 🐞

Come and have a look at the bugs in the museum! 🔎

Wow! Look at this beetle from our collection! This one is around 10 cms long! 😲 Have you ever seen one this big?!

Luckily we do not have these beetles in the UK, but soon we will see the May bug which is quite big (although entirely harmless). Carol the Curator will tell you about this one soon. 🐞

Come and have a look at the bugs in the museum! 🔎

Here at the museum we are continually faced with reminders of the impact of human behaviour on nature. As human beings o...
04/05/2021

Here at the museum we are continually faced with reminders of the impact of human behaviour on nature. As human beings our relationship with the world around us has evolved and developed over time.

Many of our natural history exhibits exist as a legacy of human endeavour, documenting our desire for knowledge of the living things on Earth and our commitment to scientific advancement. They also serve to illustrate the folly of man and the impact of human interference on global ecosystems.

Some of the animals on display in the World Wildlife Gallery are now on the list of those which are vulnerable, threatened, endangered or, most tragically, extinct. The Dodo (shown in this picture) is a replica of scientists' best guess of what the Dodo would have looked like. It is also the most widely known example of extinction caused by mankind. The last real Dodo was seen in the wild in 1662 and it is estimated it became extinct around 1690.

The Dodo was a large, flightless bird, is thought to have had fluffy or downy grey plumage and is related to the pigeon. It was native to the island of Mauritius. When humans arrived they brought with them rats, pigs and domestic animals which caused the Dodo's demise.

Stories such as that of the Dodo serve as a reminder to us all that the Earth's ecosystems are fragile and the utmost care should be taken to protect them. At the museum, we are custodians of animals which have been taken from their habitats, historically either for scientific purposes or as hunting trophies. Our exhibits are very very old and it is now our job to look after these items and ensure that we do not repeat the mistakes of our ancestors.

You can learn all about the issues facing vulnerable species in the World Wildlife Gallery at Kendal Museum. If you would like to book your visit or find out more about the history of the museum in general, you can do so on our website at www.kendalmuseum.org.uk

#EveryDayIsASchoolDay
#MyLocalMuseum
#CumbrianMuseums

Here at the museum we are continually faced with reminders of the impact of human behaviour on nature. As human beings our relationship with the world around us has evolved and developed over time.

Many of our natural history exhibits exist as a legacy of human endeavour, documenting our desire for knowledge of the living things on Earth and our commitment to scientific advancement. They also serve to illustrate the folly of man and the impact of human interference on global ecosystems.

Some of the animals on display in the World Wildlife Gallery are now on the list of those which are vulnerable, threatened, endangered or, most tragically, extinct. The Dodo (shown in this picture) is a replica of scientists' best guess of what the Dodo would have looked like. It is also the most widely known example of extinction caused by mankind. The last real Dodo was seen in the wild in 1662 and it is estimated it became extinct around 1690.

The Dodo was a large, flightless bird, is thought to have had fluffy or downy grey plumage and is related to the pigeon. It was native to the island of Mauritius. When humans arrived they brought with them rats, pigs and domestic animals which caused the Dodo's demise.

Stories such as that of the Dodo serve as a reminder to us all that the Earth's ecosystems are fragile and the utmost care should be taken to protect them. At the museum, we are custodians of animals which have been taken from their habitats, historically either for scientific purposes or as hunting trophies. Our exhibits are very very old and it is now our job to look after these items and ensure that we do not repeat the mistakes of our ancestors.

You can learn all about the issues facing vulnerable species in the World Wildlife Gallery at Kendal Museum. If you would like to book your visit or find out more about the history of the museum in general, you can do so on our website at www.kendalmuseum.org.uk

#EveryDayIsASchoolDay
#MyLocalMuseum
#CumbrianMuseums

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 - 16:30
Friday 09:30 - 16:30
Saturday 09:30 - 16:30

Telephone

01539 815597

Products

Museum, shop, drinks and snacks, play area and special events.

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Kendal Museum posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to Kendal Museum:

Videos

Category

Come and explore Kendal Museum!

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.

Nearby museums


Other Kendal museums

Show All

Comments

are you only open thursday friday and saturday in the childrens holidays also? I was hoping to visit today!!
Travel to Barrow Market for a festive treat with Dave New Tours Enjoy shopping in Cumbria's biggest indoor market where 55 independent traders welcome you. You'll be entertained by Danny Matthews, former Bay radio and Heart FM DJ, meet Santa and enjoy a complimentary Festive Afternoon Tea as well as enjoy leisurely shopping in the market for all those unique 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. All of this for just £10 per person and can be booked by calling Dave New Tours on 01229 838508
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!
FREE WORKSHOPS on archive research/oral history/sound recording available at Signal Film and Media! Find out more and sign up to our Heritage Lottery Funded project today! http://markettales.signalfilmandmedia.co.uk/events/
#MARKETTALES Join us for the free launch event of our new Heritage Lottery Funded project on Barrow's Markets this Wed 18th Oct at 6pm & find out how you can get involved in Oral History Recording | Archive Research | Field Trips | Photography Skills | Creative Digital Media | Talks & Screenings Reserve your seat here:
FREE BFI FILMMAKING COURSE FOR 16-19YR OLDS: APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN! - Be a part of a real film crew - Mentoring by industry professionals - Gain industry-recognised qualifications If any of that sounds interesting - visit our website today at www.signalfilmandmedia.co.uk/filmacademy or apply online RIGHT NOW! http://tinyurl.com/ybc38kfa
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!