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“Great piece of history”

Laurel and Hardy Museum
Ranked #4 of 26 things to do in Ulverston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Now open in our new location. We have a vastly improved exhibition area for you to learn about the life and work of Stan Laurel, with many information boards, personal items and pictures to see. Our cinema area can accommodate around 30 people, showing films and documentaries all day. This is the first phase of our expansion plans with new things being added all the time. The Laurel and Hardy Museum in Ulverston began as the private collection of Bill Cubin, a lifelong fan. Now being run by his grandson, we hope to entertain and inform you about the worlds' best loved double act. New display recently opened. The museum began life as private collection, a wonderful jumble of memorabilia. Our new display attempts to recreate that feeling. A small room packed to the gills with pictures, statues, mugs, records, anything and everything to do with The Boys.
Reviewed 8 July 2014

On a recent trip to the Lakes we wondered why there were so much Laurel and Hardy memorabilia around, then we found this great little piece of history tucked away in the Cumbrian hills. This museum is filled with amazing facts about the duo as well as the history of Stan Laurel's roots in Ulverston.

A great place to visit and well worth the stop off.

1  Thank LadyKrmadjian
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"small cinema"
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"well worth a visit"
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"big screen"
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"cinema area"
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"non stop"
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"entrance fee"
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"their lives"
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"around the corner"
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"great little place"
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"old style"
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"picture house"
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"argyle street"
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"music box"
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"young man"
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"display boards"
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"lots of history"
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"interesting facts"
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

As a huge Laurel and Hardy fan I was over the moon to visit this place.
I do agree with the poor reviews that perhaps it's not great value for money but bear in mind this it to help running costs.

I do think the memorabilia is overpriced and the young man working there lacks knowledge so the job is wasted on him. I also felt he was making some prices up on the spot.
The also sold some irrelevant items such as tea leaves and whatnot but as a fan, who cares. I made it there and loved it and laughed my head off watching films I have seen many times over.

A true gem of a place but every gem now and again needs to be polished.

1  Thank IMM12197612
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

The museum was exceptional in its contents. My family and I are life long followers of Laurel and hardy and enjoyed the museum from the perspective of the information available and the continuous films being played - amazing. BUT - it needs some love and attention. A lick of paint and new carpets would not go astray and make the cost of £4:50p per person more value for money. The toilets could also do with a little love - once again some simple measures (paint and tidy up) - not mega bucks but would lift the place immediately to 'excellent'.

2  Thank FMD55
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

A lovely little museum filled with lots of Laurel & Hardy memorabilia.

The owner was very friendly and the price was reasonable at £9 for a family ticket.

The highlight was the old style cinema seating and a screen showing all the classic movies from the great duo.

2  Thank kellyfantastic
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

The museum is now situated in an old cinema in the town which, in theory, suggests a great setting in which to laud the comic duo. Especially as its former residency in rooms hired by creator Bill Cubin were bursting at the seams. However, somehow the material looked a little lost in the roomy cinema. I guess much of the information you would need to know is there - I found the section on their love-lives and marriages particularly interesting - but this and other sections could probably have been expanded and exhibited in a more captivating way. I had two boys (aged 10 and 12) with me who are both big fans and capable of becoming engaged with museum exhibits but nothing was set out in a way that arrested their interest except for the big screen which played classic films throughout (and is the focal point of the exhibition). Other niggles were the poor gift store, where it seemed t-shirts for 3 and 4 year olds were the biggest seller and loos that needed a clean. All that said this is an important museum and it was lovely to see furniture from Stan's grandparents' house and to imagine the young Stan singing around the piano. I guess it boils down to an injection of finance, the young lad on the door was welcoming enough and looked to be running the show on his own. With just a little more imagination and user-friendly exhibits, much more could be made of the place. As a side note, I often wonder when a decent film will be made about the lives of these complex and captivating comedians. At the end of the day, the world is certainly a much better place for this museum.

4  Thank John N
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