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The museum is beside Dove Cottage, which is where William Wordsworth, the poet who wrote, "I wandered lonely as a cloud" (Daffodil poem) lived while he produced his best work. It has a permanent display which shows his life history through pictures, maps, manuscripts and letters. There are paintings and sculptures as well as some of his personal possessions and a social history about the area in the 1800s.
There is always a special exhibition in the downstairs gallery which changes twice a year. Recently these have included the life story of Turner, the lives of women in Grasmere through the ages, Watercolours of the Lake District by amateurs of the 18th and 19th centuries, Constable's paintings and in summer 2009, Edward Lear, the Landscape Artist - a show of about 80 sketches and watercolours of Lakes scenes made in 1836 as he toured the area. A show of such significance it has a two page review in the Guardian Review!!
Entry is included inthe Dove Cottage ticket or you can get an exhibition only ticket.
There is a programme of talks and readings of poetry, old and new. On Wednesday afternoons at 2.30 there is a free poetry reading, often featuring new work by the Wordsworth Trust poet in residence.
Don't miss the fab new shop which opened in 2009.
Parking is free if you are a paying visitor to the Cottage and Museum.