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Kendal Museum

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Address: Station Road, Kendal LA9 6BT, England
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+44 1539 815597
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

Founded in 1796, Kendal Museum's fascinating collections include local...

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

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A hidden gem!

We dived in here to escape torrential rain and were really glad we did. The museum has four distinct areas...a local history museum with a large collection of Wainwright... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 December 2016
Swindon, United Kingdom
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

it was raining so we went for visit to the Kendal Museum we had a good time checking out all the interesting items in the museum we found it was a very good way to pass the time

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As small museum go this one packs a lot in. The Victorians were always stuffing animals and this museum shows in 'tableau' form and these are quite amazing. Look at some of these tableau’s and you quickly get lost in spotting all of the exhibits. The Polar Bear has to be seen to be believed. There are exhibits from the... More 

Thank Vinrav
Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

We dived in here to escape torrential rain and were really glad we did. The museum has four distinct areas...a local history museum with a large collection of Wainwright memorablia, an eclectic and extensive range of taxidermy quite unlike many you would find in a small museum like this. Upstairs houses many geological finds of the region and in the... More 

Thank StelucLive
Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Quite a modest collection, but well presented and well worth a visit. Our main aim in which we were not disappointed was to view items connected with Alfred Wainwright. We were quite thrilled at these and most especially his boots which almost reduced us to tears as were gazed on them with fond memories of many excellent walks in his... More 

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Southport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Really interesting little museum, full of local memorabilia. It is well set out and informative. Great section on local photographer who recorded Lakeland history in the early part of 20th century. Enough to keep children occupied and adults interested.

Thank Gerri H
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Exhibits were dark and dingy, cluttered and no flow at all to the museum. It is in a time warp where museums were 30 plus years ago. I have scored it poor and not terrible because of the friendly member of staff who greeted us. The museum is dire over-stuffed with a range of disjointed artefacts of not much rarity... More 

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KendalColl ., Manager at Kendal Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments, customer feedback is always appreciated. We are sorry to hear that your experience at Kendal Museum was less than a positive one. Kendal museum is one of the oldest museums in the country with a wide range of natural history and archaeological specimens. In order to stay relevant Kendal museum is part of Kendal college... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Popped in on a rainy day, great value for £2 per person. Spent about 1 hour in the museum, some interesting natural history exhibits.

Thank Claire S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

We visit here on our second last day of our holiday. Was fantastic and wish we could have stayed longer. Great collection got q fairly small museum and my three children appeared to really enjoy the torch light tour. Well with the visit.

Thank Victoria G
Kettering, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

The museum, although small is excellent value for money. Myself and my partner visited in July, and completely loved it. The taxidermy collection is fantastic, showcasing animals from all over the world. The Beatrix Potter exhibition that was on when we visited was not quite up to what we expected, but the stuffed animals made up for it 100%.

Thank Louise D
Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

It is worth £2 to call in at the museum and have a browse around. There are different sections to the museum with a taxidermy section, a large collection of minerals, information about Wainwright, and also a lot of information about Kendal and the Lakeland area including a Viking boat. Also, lots of items to view as well.

Thank vivEngland

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