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.

The Museum is open Tuesday to Thursday, 10am to 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. From 1st July 2019 our Opening Days will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday!

Exciting News!Kendal Museum is changing... from next week our opening days will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 1...
25/06/2019

Exciting News!
Kendal Museum is changing... from next week our opening days will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 10am - 4pm (last entry 3.30pm).

Entry prices will also change:
Adults (including seniors) £5
5 - 18 years £2
Under 5's free!

Spare a thought for the Swifts swooping over Kendal. They have to collect thousands of insects for each meal for their c...
18/06/2019

Spare a thought for the Swifts swooping over Kendal. They have to collect thousands of insects for each meal for their chicks. Keep their nesting places safe too.

Pesticides and climate change behind a the plummeting insect numbers threaten a collapse of nature - the Guardian. 10.2.2019.

We must all watch out for wildlife." Answering the big science questions around climate change and the diversity of life...
12/06/2019

We must all watch out for wildlife.
" Answering the big science questions around climate change and the diversity of life requires lots of data, and our researchers can't gather this alone" Tim Littlewood, head if life sciences at the Natural History Museum, London.

We are really looking forward to hosting this exhibition in a few weeks time.
12/06/2019

We are really looking forward to hosting this exhibition in a few weeks time.

Would like to say well done to all who have got artworks selected for this exhibition by South Lakes Arts Collective. It is sure to be one not to miss.
#kendalmuseum #kendal #southlakesartscollective #artincumbria #exhibition #artexhibition #edgelands

Can anyone help with information on this photo?  We don't know when or where it was taken,  or the soldiers identities.
11/06/2019

Can anyone help with information on this photo? We don't know when or where it was taken, or the soldiers identities.

Oops.  All those flights to the Alps are backfiring......
06/06/2019

Oops. All those flights to the Alps are backfiring......

06/06/2019

Oops. All those flights to the Alps are backfiring.....

Kendal Museum's Young Archaeologists' Club getting down to Earth in an Iron Age village in the Lune Valley - thanks to L...
01/06/2019

Kendal Museum's Young Archaeologists' Club getting down to Earth in an Iron Age village in the Lune Valley - thanks to Lunesdale Archaeology Club and Solstice Archaeology.

At the cubs sleepover my bedtime reading seemed very appropriate
29/05/2019

At the cubs sleepover my bedtime reading seemed very appropriate

A date for your diary: 'Unseen Apollo', Monday 22nd July 2019, 7pm at Kendal Museum. Acclaimed writer and amateur astron...
28/05/2019

A date for your diary: 'Unseen Apollo', Monday 22nd July 2019, 7pm at Kendal Museum.
Acclaimed writer and amateur astronomer Stuart Atkinson will be giving a talk about Apollo 11 on its 50 year anniversary.
£2 entry to the venue. All welcome!
Please call the museum during our opening hours to register your interest.
01539 815597, Tues-Thurs 10am-4pm

28/05/2019

It's half-term! We're open from 10-4pm today, tomorrow and Thursday! Fun for all the family!

Next week is the 100th anniversary of the eclipse which Arthur Eddington used to prove Einstein’s theory that ‘space...
23/05/2019

Next week is the 100th anniversary of the eclipse which Arthur Eddington used to prove Einstein’s theory that ‘space is curved’ around something as large as the sun.
To honour this anniversary we have a series of banners and Stuart Atkinson’s meteorite collection on display.

Love 'em All
21/05/2019

Love 'em All

Tonight the Sedgwick and Crosscrake cubs are having a sleepover at the museum.Akala is a cunning leader, and if that doe...
17/05/2019

Tonight the Sedgwick and Crosscrake cubs are having a sleepover at the museum.
Akala is a cunning leader, and if that doesn't work she has some powerful friends.......

An observational drawing class from @brewery_arts_kendal getting arty with our animals!
16/05/2019

An observational drawing class from @brewery_arts_kendal getting arty with our animals!

On Tuesday 7th May, Kendal Museum hosted a GeoWeek event in partnership with the Westmorland Geological Society. The eve...
15/05/2019

On Tuesday 7th May, Kendal Museum hosted a GeoWeek event in partnership with the Westmorland Geological Society. The event celebrated the new geology display cabinets generously funded by the Curry Fund of the Geologists' Association, and highlighted the contemporary geology collection at the Museum. An informative introductory talk by Curator Carol Davies described the history of Kendal Museum's geology collection and its links to Rev. Professor Adam Sedgwick and John Ruthven. An enjoyable morning was spent examining a diverse selection of rock samples and museum records retrieved from the stores and viewing the new mineral displays.

Top: a Trilobite.ExtinctCause:  CO2 from volcanism, and possible asteroidBelow: a ThylacineExtinctCause: Mankind
14/05/2019

Top: a Trilobite.
Extinct
Cause: CO2 from volcanism, and possible asteroid
Below: a Thylacine
Extinct
Cause: Mankind

Trilobites were wiped out in 'The Great Dying'  when 96 percent of species became extinct,  CO2 levels rose and the sea ...
07/05/2019

Trilobites were wiped out in 'The Great Dying' when 96 percent of species became extinct, CO2 levels rose and the sea was acidified. Some places recovered with other life quite quickly - in about 2 million years.
This fossil was found in Underbarrow.

Kendal Museum
06/05/2019

Kendal Museum

As Charles Darwin wrote:
"Plants and animals ...are bound together by a web of complex relations" (Origin of Species, ch.3, 1859)
See him next to our Tree of Life.

As Charles Darwin wrote:"Plants and animals ...are bound together by a web of complex relations" (Origin of Species, ch....
01/05/2019

As Charles Darwin wrote:
"Plants and animals ...are bound together by a web of complex relations" (Origin of Species, ch.3, 1859)
See him next to our Tree of Life.

A Question from our Dodo
24/04/2019

A Question from our Dodo

In partnership with Westmorland Geological Society Kendal Museum is hosting an event on Tuesday 7th May for GeoWeek 2019...
23/04/2019

In partnership with Westmorland Geological Society Kendal Museum is hosting an event on Tuesday 7th May for GeoWeek 2019 which will involve informal talks and tours relating to our stunning geology collection. This event will give you a rare opportunity to examine and learn about some of the specimens that had previously been kept in stores.

You can now view the specimens in clearly annotated display cases in the new geology rooms at the back of the social history and archaeology gallery. Kendal Museum would like to recognise the assistance of the Curry Fund of the Geologists' Association in providing display cases for the geology collection.

The first honorary curator Dr Thomas Gough, together with John Ruthven and one of the founders of modern geology, Adam Sedgwick, initially assembled the geological collection at Kendal Museum. The contemporary collection now includes stunning mineral collections from local men, Bill Shaw and John Hamer. The Shaw and Hamer collections are available for research on a digital library making these previously unseen collections accessible to everyone.

The event has disabled access. Entrance to the museum is £2 for those aged 5 years and over. The event is free with admission. The event will run from 10.30am-12.30pm.
Please call 01539 815597 for more information.
http://www.westmorlandgeolsoc.co.uk/
https://www.cbdc.org.uk/cumbria_geoconservation_home/
http://www.kendalmuseum.org.uk/

Our polar bear has a message......
17/04/2019

Our polar bear has a message......

Selside Primary School
26/03/2019

Selside Primary School

Class 2 were very happy today as they practised new watercolour techniques and painted their chosen rocks and fossils. Thank you Kendal Museum and The Royal Society for giving us the opportunity to complete our Arts Award and learn more about geology.

#internationalhappinessday #art #geology #artsaward #ruralschool #fossils #rocks

We had two wonderful days with the talented children of Selside school - thank you for coming to Kendal Museum and for h...
26/03/2019

We had two wonderful days with the talented children of Selside school - thank you for coming to Kendal Museum and for having us back at your school 😄

As part of their Arts Award, Class 2 spent the day exploring patterns in nature and learning about geologist Adam Sedgwick at Kendal Museum. Thank you Anna and Wendy for looking after us so well. We are looking forward to welcoming you into school tomorrow to create our masterpieces.

Kendal Museum RoyalSociety Arts Award #geology #rocks #fossils #nature #art #science #heritage

Today marks the first day of spring! Here is a spring crocus from 1889 and a wild daffodil from 1882, part of our Martin...
20/03/2019

Today marks the first day of spring! Here is a spring crocus from 1889 and a wild daffodil from 1882, part of our Martindale Herbarium. The daffodil specimen was fittingly collected from North ‘Spring’ Wood in Staveley, where Joseph Antony Martindale lived and worked. Although these specimens are not out on display due to their fragility, you can peruse our herbarium at https://collections.kendalmuseum.org.uk @ Kendal Museum

Lots of Viking crafts going on.... come and join in!
16/03/2019

Lots of Viking crafts going on.... come and join in!

Argh! The Vikings are here......Combat in progress - come and see what’s going on!
16/03/2019

Argh! The Vikings are here......
Combat in progress - come and see what’s going on!

Don’t forget ‘The Vikings are Coming’ today to Kendal Museum....The downstairs gallery has been taken over already...
16/03/2019

Don’t forget ‘The Vikings are Coming’ today to Kendal Museum....
The downstairs gallery has been taken over already and any combat demonstrations will be indoors, out of the rubbish weather!
Do come down and join in from 12.30 - 4pm

Only 2 days away!! Are you ready?! The Vikings will be taking over the Museum this Saturday 12.30pm-4pm! Expect crafts a...
14/03/2019

Only 2 days away!! Are you ready?! The Vikings will be taking over the Museum this Saturday 12.30pm-4pm! Expect crafts and combat demonstrations! Fun for all the family!

Sight Advice South Lakes
06/03/2019

Sight Advice South Lakes

Our Dual Sensory Loss Group met up today at Sight Advice and examined exhibits from Kendal Museum
The feel of the exhibits made for an interesting session- thank you to the museum for bringing along the pieces.

Get this in your diary! It’ll be a great day!
05/03/2019

Get this in your diary! It’ll be a great day!

Some examples of the crafting and work that will be taking place at Kendal Museum when the Vikings come!March 16th from ...
05/03/2019

Some examples of the crafting and work that will be taking place at Kendal Museum when the Vikings come!
March 16th from 12.30 - 4pm. £2 admission.
Don't miss out!

Today is the last day for collecting your #comic art freebie! Pop in today before 3.30pm and have a browse of the fabulo...
21/02/2019

Today is the last day for collecting your #comic art freebie! Pop in today before 3.30pm and have a browse of the fabulous designs that you can take home!

We had a great time on Saturday morning with our budding young archaeologists! The topic of this session was sewers! Thi...
19/02/2019

We had a great time on Saturday morning with our budding young archaeologists! The topic of this session was sewers! This was to celebrate 200 years since the birth of Sir Joseph Bazalgette whose major achievement was the creation of central London’s sewer network in response to ‘The Great Stink’ of 1858. He helped relieve the city from cholera epidemics and clean the River Thames- what a guy!!
💩 🚽

#youngarchaeologistsclub #yacs #bazalgette #kendalmuseum @ Kendal Museum

Happy Valentine's Day from Kendal Museum!This Valentine’s card from the early 1800s is on display in our Cabinet of Cu...
14/02/2019

Happy Valentine's Day from Kendal Museum!
This Valentine’s card from the early 1800s is on display in our Cabinet of Curiosities. The elaborate gesture of love is illustrated by hand and recounts a poem that reveals itself upon unfolding of the card. Sections of the poem are numbered for the recipient to follow the verse, it reads:

What power of envy can pretend, to say that I, false lines have penned?
The inside is sweet turtle dove, to you a moral of my love,
my heart with love it is in pain, love wounded is and breaks in vain,
and this my heart which you behold, will break as you these lines unfold.
My dearest dear and blest divines, I've painted here your heart and mine,
but cupid with his fatal dart, hath wounded this my tender heart,
and hath bewixt us put a cross, which makes me so lament my loss,
yet I'm in hopes, hear this be done, that both our hearts will be in one,
you are my dear and only dove that hath my heart enflamed with love,
if no abstinence nor relief, do put a stop to this my grief,
pale death at last shall stand my friend, and bring my sorrows to an end,
and so I you lamented lover, rest till your answer he recover.

We have large boards depicting comic art female heroes going free at Kendal Museum. There are 18 in total and are set to...
14/02/2019

We have large boards depicting comic art female heroes going free at Kendal Museum. There are 18 in total and are set to be thrown away. If you are interested in picking them up please call in during our opening hours, either today or next week. We are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday- 10am until 4pm. Please share around to people who may be interested in this comic art freebie!
Collection only. Donations are always welcome.

A creative approach to Geology sponsored by The Royal Society.  We enjoyed rocking it for two days with Stramongate Prim...
05/02/2019

A creative approach to Geology sponsored by The Royal Society. We enjoyed rocking it for two days with Stramongate Primary School.

1st Kirkby Lonsdale Beavers meeting the Polar Bear before their sleepover.
04/02/2019

1st Kirkby Lonsdale Beavers meeting the Polar Bear before their sleepover.

1st Kirkby Lonsdale Beavers had a sleepover in the museum on Friday night. A fantastic time was had by all!
04/02/2019

1st Kirkby Lonsdale Beavers had a sleepover in the museum on Friday night. A fantastic time was had by all!

It was great to share your party. Come again soon!
26/01/2019

It was great to share your party.
Come again soon!

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!

Today we hosted a fabulous tour, draw and tea event for Creative Arts Hub!The museum’s natural history curator Carol D...
24/01/2019

Today we hosted a fabulous tour, draw and tea event for Creative Arts Hub!
The museum’s natural history curator Carol Davis gave a tour and talk, followed by a self-led observational drawing session with objects from our collection. All topped off with a delicious cream tea! We loved having you all at the museum, come again soon!

To book a similar event call us at 01539 815597 or email [email protected]

#museumtour #drawing #creativeartshub #kendal

We have new and improved geology cabinets on display in our Lake District Natural History Gallery. Come and explore the ...
24/01/2019

We have new and improved geology cabinets on display in our Lake District Natural History Gallery. Come and explore the unique geological history of the Lake District and marvel at our stunning rocks and fossils!

#geology #lakedistrict #rocks #fossils #kendal

We’re excited to be featured in Britain’s 2019-2020 Lonely Planet guide! As Lonely Planet is the world’s number on...
17/01/2019

We’re excited to be featured in Britain’s 2019-2020 Lonely Planet guide! As Lonely Planet is the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, we thought we’d place the sticker next to our local guidebook hero, Mr Alfred Wainwright!

#lonelyplanetsticker #lonelyplanet #guidebook #kendal #museum #explore

Organised and funded by our Young Archaeologists' Club, Kendal Museum will be hosting a Viking day on Saturday 16th Marc...
09/01/2019

Organised and funded by our Young Archaeologists' Club, Kendal Museum will be hosting a Viking day on Saturday 16th March 2019. The Museum will be open to the public on this date, giving you a chance to get involved with all things Viking and to explore the collections on a weekend. Keep your eyes peeled for more information!

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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

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

01539 815597

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