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“Fabulous place to visit”
Review of The Beacon Museum

The Beacon Museum
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Whitehaven
Certificate of Excellence
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Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Fabulous place to visit”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

With gorgeous views across the Solway, interactive displays and a focus on history which covers sailing and fishing through to coal mining and latter day industries, as well as a neat little shop, and photos / paintings on display on the gallery, this is a fabulous day out .... Especially if it's a wet and windy day in the north west

Visited March 2013
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Whitehaven, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Glad to see it's being supported!!”
Reviewed 2 November 2013 via mobile

We went to the beacon specifically to see the Sharks and Ice Age exhibition as we have a 2 year old who loves all that kind of thing!

We were greeted by a very polite lady at the reception desk who explained the way around. It was interesting how the mix of the traditional local history exhibits and the sharks made for a rounded visit experience. A little like local history induction on the sly!

Very good municipal museum, excellent special exhibit - especially the Ice Age exhibit which our son was enthralled with!

Glad to see that it was quite busy too and the facility is getting support and use. I hope the impending partnership with Sellafield and their commandeering of one of the exhibition floors doesn't mean the beacon loses the connection to local history, however I think special exhibits might be a thing of the past.

Great facility, great museum, should be better supported!!!

Thank TheDJsOnTour
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Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Interesting Visit”
Reviewed 30 October 2013

We visited the beacon whilst on holiday. We all found it very interesting. Loved the exhibition about the sharks very informative. Have visited before and always really enjoy it.

Visited October 2013
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Silsden, West Yorks
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Good for whiling away a couple of hours”
Reviewed 28 October 2013

Something for adults and kids and informative. Good views of the marina from the top and good telescopes for views to Scotland. Enjoyed learning about sharks.

Visited October 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Interesting place to visit.”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

We were in Whitehaven and it was raining, saw the Beacon and went in to get out of the rain. The lady on the desk explained what it was about so we decided to go in. Basically it is the story of Copeland - its pre-history before the Romans and the Vikings, its shipping trade and the history of the mines. There are lots of interesting displays and photographs of Whitehaven in both its heyday and its decline and its re-imergence as it is today. If you take children there are lots of things for them to get involved in on all floors. The top floor explains a lot about the weather and has the story of John Paul Jones who attacked Whitehaven in 1776, the view from here is quite spectacular, as by then the rain had stopped. So for somewhere that had been a shelter from the rain, we came out knowing a lot more about the area than we had when we went in. Also worth a mention is the Ice Age display, quite a small exhibition of Woolly Mammoths, Sabre-Toothed Tigers etc, worth a visit, but not brilliant.

Visited September 2013
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