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“Lots of unusual animals” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kendal Museum

Kendal Museum
Ranked #10 of 37 things to do in Kendal
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Founded in 1796, Kendal Museum's fascinating collections include local archaeology, history, geology and natural history from around the globe.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lots of unusual animals”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014 via mobile

We visited this museum as we were in the Kendal area and found it fascinating and very educational looking around the different types of fossils, minerals, stones. We found the different type of animals the most fascinating and learnt a lot from the educational information that was provided. My husband even had a picture with a polar bear. It was free to enter the museum and we were given the opportunity to give a donation which we did not mind. Very worth going, especially with young children but also could fun for adults also.

Visited June 2014
Thank Emma C
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Bromborough, England, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Brilliant way to spend a couple of hours”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

Went on our honeymoon and spent a couple of hours walking round, brilliant little museum and found all the taxidermy very interesting. My wife high fived a polar bear :-)

Thank Mark S
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North of England
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

This is a great little museum tucked away just off the road. Tiny little car park too! Love the way the exhibits are displayed, some really interesting things here and the staff are very friendly and welcoming!

Visited May 2014
Thank beattie636
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Windermere, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“A great little museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

I hope this museum survives....it deserves too. I often think these places are like public libraries we need them so much as a place that children can visit as an alternative to the internet. When I visited there were few other visitors but a family was there and the kids were enjoying the exhibits. The museum is free to go in. The staff are enthusiastic and welcoming. A great little museum.

Visited May 2014
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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great little museum - glad we dropped in.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

Lovely little museum with some fab things to have a nosy at. My favourite bits include the xylophones made of slate, the John Hamer collection of rocks and minerals, and the nature trail dioramas showing wildlife in their various habitats around the Lake District. Fantastic stuff. We liked trying to spot all the different creatures in each one. It's a great way of showing something that otherwise wouldn't have leapt out to me as interesting.

We were also very impressed with the World Wildlife Gallery. As a previous reviewer has said, 'taxidermitastic' - cannot believe a handful of men managed to shoot quite so many species of antelope/deer. Didn't even know there WERE that many species. Keep an eye out for the one that looks like Leonard Nimoy. Brilliant stuff. There's also a really sad-looking spider monkey, and a polar bear with a visible bullet hole. We liked the cases of all the different birds, and it's all laid out very well - it's nice and easy to follow in geographical groups. Some of the stag heads are mind blowing.

The Kendal and Westmorland Gallery was a work in progress when we visited, but it's coming together really well and there look to be some really nice pieces in there.

We were the first people in the museum at 10.30 am, and the staff at the desk were very welcoming and friendly, explaining the different galleries to see and about the work taking place. All in all this was a really nice little museum, definitely worth a look round, and it was completely free to visit.

Maybe there wouldn't be a great deal for very young children to do, but that's not a bad thing. Some museums are too worried about being family-friendly and end up feeling like an indoor play area with fact boards.

Visited March 2014
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