The Beacon Museum

The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven: Hours, Address, The Beacon Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Beacon Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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grahamo954
Barnsley, United Kingdom43 contributions
very interesting museum
Sep 2021
the whole museum is very interesting and well worth a visit both for locals and visitors alike. \only problem we had was the lift was out of order and as we both have arthritis it was a struggle up and down the stairs but well worth it. Had a lovely coffee in the cafe after.
Written 17 September 2021
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Kirsten B
Oudtshoorn, South Africa4 contributions
Fascinating interactive museum, the kids loved it!
Aug 2021 • Family
Our kids had a fabulous time here. They spent HOURS going through all the exhibits. We were so impressed by the number and quality of the interactive exhibits. We've never been to such a fascinating museum before, absolutely loved it!
Written 4 September 2021
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mikepadgett2017
Redditch, UK10 contributions
Interesting museum with lots of topics
Aug 2021
We visited the museum and was amazed at the different topics that were covered over the four floors. Many of the exhibits are brought in at different times so each visit could potentially have something new. Would recommend for families as there are some interactive exhibits that will keep them interested.
Written 1 September 2021
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MACave65
Colchester, UK57 contributions
Amazing Find
Aug 2021 • Couples
Stumbled on this museum almost by accident, and can honestly say it is one of the best we have encountered. It has lots of historical information and is full of interactive displays to spark your interest and keep children interested. During our visit, we noticed one of the staff spending quality time with children. We can more than recommend this to anyone, especially families, and sure you will come away as pleased as us. All the staff were welcoming and friendly and made our visit extra special.
Written 30 August 2021
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Cosmopolitan800580
United Kingdom100 contributions
A must if you have children
Aug 2021
This museum has some of the best interactive displays I have come across in a small museum. It is also kept up to date. There is a panel on covd and the section on slavery - Whitehaven was the 5th most important port in terms of involvement - includes contributions from freed slaves to the abolitionist movement. The classic plan of a slave ship was of a Whitehaven vessel.

There is a floor devoted largely to Sellafield and the Nuclear power industry.

The steer your sailing vessel into harbour should appeal to young gamers, especially if they can bring the ship alongside without crashing into the pier.

Staff at the entrance desk are friendly and although you do have to pay, the prices are reasonable for somewhere you could spend a wet morning without becoming bored. If you didn't know how important Whitehaven was in the tobacco trade before the War of Independence you will after your visit.

There is a pay and display car park and a cafe.
Written 20 August 2021
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MJK
Coventry739 contributions
Interesting museum, nice place
Jul 2021
We have had a "Whitehaven Marina walk" and the museum was a part of it. Nice location and good place to learn something about Whitehaven and its history.
They try to make it even more interesting, as "Medieval Medicine" exhibition was a part of it.
Written 28 July 2021
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yorkshirelad
York, England, United Kingdom258 contributions
very interesting museum.
Jul 2021
great place to learn something. Cafe was very good and reasonable prices. Did not have lunch there but meals looked very good. Our lemon cake and coffee was lovely.
Written 10 July 2021
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Helen A
Northwich, UK48 contributions
Informative and fun
Jun 2021 • Couples
Fascinating museums with interactive exhibits, so much to see. Great views over harbour. Lovely staff and excellent cafe with marina views, sitting in the sun there was lovely. White haven is lucky to have this beautiful museum it’s top class.
Written 10 July 2021
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A W
Croydon, UK16 contributions
Super Museum
May 2021 • Couples
Super museum with an excellent touring exhibition on Medieval Medicine. There is so much to see and do here. We will be back!
Written 20 June 2021
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Emanuel F
7 contributions
The Beacon museum a place to look out for!
May 2021 • Solo
I came to see the photographic exhibition of the natural world and that was mind blowing. Great pictures with explanations of the subjects. So might as well enjoy the rest of the museum. Well lovely clean and interactive displays about Whitehaven, the harbour the history of trade, mining, and sellafield. Love the tv screens that lets you explore and how great to be a weather forecaster for real with the text to read out for real. Views from the building over the harbour are great and even on a miserable weather day it looks fab. Did I mention the staff? Well so friendly and helpful, providing options for an annual fee. This is a must to teach children to see the history and a must for adults to enjoy the relics and information provided. I could highly recommend this place for a visit.
Written 23 May 2021
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The Beacon Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 - 16:00
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:30