The Dock Museum

The Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness: Hours, Address, The Dock Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Dock Museum
4.5
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Dock Museum is a striking modern building on a scenic channelside site with free admission. Built in a historic nineteenth century dock, the museum is home to a wealth of objects on the social and industrial history of the Furness area. Barrow-in-Furness was a small farming village rapidly transformed into a bustling industrial town within a few decades. It has been the cutting edge of technology for more than a century with submarines, airships, warships and beautiful liners being built in this little-explored town. Find out more about the fascinating heritage of the area from cave finds, Viking treasure, Victorian life, Anderson shelters and the Second World War as well as Barrow’s long history building vessels (and still building submarines today). Our facilities include landscaped site and channelside walks linking to the Cumbria Coastal Way, playground, cafe and we are fully wheelchair accessible.
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smeg
Leicester, UK2 contributions
Interesting place
Jun 2021 • Couples
Great place 2 visit museum nice & modern everything kept clean staff friendly & cafe good but soya milk would be good apart from that all good
Written 29 July 2021
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MJK
Coventry682 contributions
Interesting place, friendly staff, good coffee
Jul 2021
To be honest, there aren't many interesting places to visit in Barrow-in-Furness, so The Dock Museum was our obvious choice - and we didn't regret even a minute of our time, we spent there!
Many interesting exhibits and plenty of information about the town and the region, both in the context of local nature, history and the industry that shaped the place. The big part of museum is dedicated to the ships and warships (including several big scale models) that were created here and are still being made.
The location of the museum is very original, because everything is on the site (or rather inside) of the old dock - hence the name. To make our visit even better, we, we had a good coffee and snack at the museum's coffee shop. I should also emphasized that staff was very friendly and genuinely interested in making our visit there as interesting as possible.
Written 27 July 2021
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HP2
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Great place friendly staff
Jul 2021 • Solo
Went on a solo trip from Lancaster on the train. Not far walk from the station. A great place to visit for the day. I spoke to the staff member Paul who was very helpful and gave me contact details of the collections manager as I am interested in historical research and public history. Good gift shop with local studies and something for all.
Written 4 July 2021
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boyd1952
Newton Aycliffe, UK786 contributions
Good service.
Jun 2021 • Couples
Called to go to cafe for drink & snack. Great warmly asking us to track & trace easy as I have the app on phone. Straight into cafe been reorganized for Covid restrictions. Reduced menu but still plenty of choice. We just required drink & snack which we choose Millionaire's Shortcake it was so yummy good job it was the last two pieces. Staff friendly, welcoming & helpful. Clean & well organized.
Written 30 June 2021
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robin w
2 contributions
Don't trust the website
May 2021 • Couples
Went to barrow by train to visit this museum on Saturday. Despite what the website says the museum was closed (on Saturday and Sunday). Some tourist attraction!
Written 22 May 2021
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exYorkie148
Carnforth, UK146 contributions
Great place
Oct 2020 • Family
A very welcoming, well organised museum. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The quiz provided for children was very good and well received. There was lots to interest all ages. We visited on a very wet day, so the children couldn’t use the playground and outdoor space which was a shame - it looked really good.
The cafe is well worth a visit too. Great cakes and good value, tasty meal deal of soup and toasty.
Written 29 October 2020
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Carol M
Manchester, UK134 contributions
Interesting visit
Oct 2020 • Couples
What a wonderful museum, full of interesting facts about the area, and a selection of film shows too.
Some great ship models.
Staff were fantastic and covid safe.
Thank you, and I'd definitely visit again.
Written 22 October 2020
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Bran007
Coventry, UK92 contributions
First visit to the Dock Museum
Sep 2020
This was a real surprise - very large and built inside a dry dock! A fascinating collection of artefacts and information about Barrow's great ship building heritage. An excellent little film theatre with several different short films to view. We spent about 1.1/2 hours there and had a coffee in their cafe. It was very very quiet only about 8 other people in there so no problems with social distancing and plenty of hand sanitiser available. Free to go in but donations appreciated. Well worth a visit.
Written 26 September 2020
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Climber52
Bolton , Lancashire96 contributions
Barrow’s Dock Museum - worth a visit
Aug 2020
Covid-19 protocols in place mean that this is a place you can safely visit . ( Contact details taken on arrival , masks worn , hand sanitising available and marked entry / exit routes . )

Good car parking . Free entry ( suggested donation of £2 per person which we were happy to pay . )

A very good , smallish , museum with scenes and artefacts depicting the history of Barrow-in-Furness and surrounding area .

For me one of the highlights was the models of ships / boats . Absolutely amazing !

As an added bonus there is an on site cafe with friendly helpful staff and freshly made sandwiches ( and a sneaky bowl of chips ! )

Outside there is a play area and plenty of places to sit and watch the world go by .

All in all well worth a visit .
Written 23 August 2020
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Iain N
St. Andrews, UK56 contributions
Very Good Museum
Aug 2020 • Couples
A very good museum with lots of different local information, not just related to Barrow’s maritime history. Well worth a visit. Nice little coffee shop with good baking.
Written 12 August 2020
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The Dock Museum is open:
  • Wed - Sun 11:00 - 16:00