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This museum was founded in 1796 and serves to illuminate the local archaeology, history and geology, and also features a natural history collection culled from sources around the globe. Numerous exhibits have hands-on displays that cater to children. The Wainwright Gallery holds a variety of artifacts, such as prehistoric tools and Roman coins, jewelry and sculpture. There is a display about Kendal castle, which can still be visited to this day. The World Wildlife Gallery houses displays on evolution and ecology, as well as containing samples of animals from all over the globe. Children can follow the "creepy crawly trail." The Natural History gallery outlines the geology of the region, including the intense volcanic activity that created the great mountain ranges in the area. A new collection of rocks and minerals was recently donated to the museum. Temporary exhibitions as well as special events take place at the museum on a regular basis.
The Kendal Museum is located directly opposite the Kendal train station on Station Road. Operating times are from February through December, Monday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5pm (4pm in Feb, Mar, Nov and Dec). Admission is £2.70 for adults and £2.10 for seniors, free for children. Parking is free for visitors.