The Armitt: Museum, Gallery, Library

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The Armitt: Museum, Gallery, Library

The Armitt: Museum, Gallery, Library
4.5
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Founded by Mary Louisa Armitt in 1912. The Armitt's collections are full of quirky and unusual items that tell the history and heritage of Ambleside and its people. From its founding as a subscription library, the museum has evolved and collected a variety of artefacts over the years, including Beatrix Potter’s fungi watercolours, Roman remains from the Ambleside fort, and Kurt Schwitters paintings, to name just a few.
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suebell262
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK148 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Loved our visit today - very welcoming and interesting venue. We particularly enjoyed Beatrix Potters watercolours and the film about Herdwicke Rawnsley defender of the lakes. Well worth the £6 entrance fee - thank you x
Written 19 September 2021
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Thank you for your great review. We are so pleased to hear you had an enjoyable visit and very much look forward to welcoming you again.
Written 22 September 2021
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haileyaujambon
Edinburgh, UK33 contributions
Jul 2021
Good place to kill an hour or so. There's some interesting history of the area, particuarly about the development of the Lake District as a protected park. It's a fairly small museum, but well curated.
Written 7 September 2021
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Thank you for your review and for visiting The Armitt. We are glad you found it interesting and went away learning something new! We hope to see you again.
Written 22 September 2021
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English Lakes Tours
41 contributions
Aug 2021
We attended a book launch and were lucky enough to be able to see some of the fascinating treasures held at the Armitt Library & Museum. This place is a real treasure trove tucked away next to the University of Cumbria in Ambleside. Don't miss it, it has some amazing things relating to really famous people such as Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin, Harriet Martineau and the pioneer of home schooling, Charlotte Mason. They also have a really good second-hand bookshop.
We regularly visit on our Tale of Beatrix Potter Tour and our guests are delighted by her first editions and mycology watercolours.
Written 16 August 2021
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Thank you for your review of The Armitt. We are thrilled to have such wonderful feedback and are glad you could join us for the book launch. Thank you also for bringing your tour visitors to us. We love welcoming people and hope to see you and your groups again soon.
Written 26 August 2021
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mailtobarrymckay
Appleby-in-Westmorland, UK5 contributions
May 2021
My wife and I recently visited the Armitt and were delighted by the range of exhibits and the warm welcome from the knowledgeable staff. There is a fine display highlighting Beatrix Potter's contribution to the local environment (and some of her wonderful watercolours) some very fine pictures to see including some very rare soft-ground etchings by William Green and many other delights. A visit to this excellent museum is well worth a detour!
Written 7 June 2021
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admills23
Aughton, UK3 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
I went to the Lake District to go walking and do Helvellyn whilst there was snow. Unfortunately, j injured my leg on my first day there and needed something to do. This filled in for a few hours whilst my party went climbing. The highlight for me was second edition King James Bible. This was about 400 years old.
Written 12 November 2019
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Amanda H
Youlgreave, UK27 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Lovely little museum. In October when we visited had a fabulous exhibition on Beatrice Potter, her life, her farms, and her interest in science of the nature. Marvellous collection of her original watercolours of botanical mushroom studies and a collection of her personal copies of her famous Peter Rabbit etc books and original manuscripts. A good supplement to visiting her farm at Hill Top and the gallery in Hawkshead.
Written 20 October 2019
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Mary E
Aldridge113 contributions
Aug 2019
I visited to see the current exhibition about Beatrix Potter and, although I have read her biography, I still learned a lot about her early life and her work in conservation - she really was years ahead of her time ! not expensive and well worth the visit.
Written 3 September 2019
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slightlydisapp0inted
Altrincham, UK158 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Disregard my username. The Armitt Museum contains a wonderful collection of artefacts and information about Beatrix Potter and holds a number of her family's books and her own 1st editions of the Peter Rabbit series along with excellent information boards detailing Beatrix life as she not only wrote books but was a successful farmer along with many other attributes. The museum gives a fascinating and insightful view of this remarkable women's history. There is a gift shop and a range of new and second-hand books. Toilets and parking available.
Written 24 June 2019
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Jmersich
Owen Sound, Canada4 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Very informative and well displayed exhibits of the area and especially enjoyed the information about Beatrix Potter, a most remarkable woman.
Written 9 June 2019
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lovefoodntravel2015
London, UK92 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Went to this museum following write up on tripadvisor, if you do want to find out more about Beatrix Potter, well worth the visit. Interesting history about national parks and the National Trust. A small fee to pay to enter.
Written 21 May 2019
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