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Armitt Museum

Open Now: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Always interesting, run with passion

It's not the biggest museum in the world, but it makes up for it with a passion that's clear to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Glasgow, United Kingdom
A delight

Informative with so much information packed into a small space. I relished learning so much about... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jill H
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The Armitt is Ambleside's Museum featuring a permanent exhibition 'Beatrix Potter -Image and Reality', together with the Kurt Schwitter's gallery and much more. Described by 'The Times' as 'a gem' this is a must for all Beatrix Potter fans.
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Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9BL, England
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All reviews kurt schwitters library upstairs beatrix potter local history peter rabbit lake district business woman great collection worth a visit wealth of information second hand books on display book shop fascinating insight a real gem information boards rainy day
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's not the biggest museum in the world, but it makes up for it with a passion that's clear to detect. The seasonal exhibitions are always inspiring – every time you think you know the Lakes, there's something more to find – and over the...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Informative with so much information packed into a small space. I relished learning so much about Beatrix Potter and seeing so many of her paintings. The library was just as one should be. Location great ( right opposite the car park)

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jill H
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

As some have mentioned, the museum is in the smaller side, yet contains a wealth of information on Potter as well as a room on Schwitter. (The Armitt’s website is extensive. You’ll find much more info on local personalities such as Potter, Ruskin, the Armitt...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 13 October 2018

On my 22nd visit to Cumbria in 23 years I finally got around to visiting the Armitt this week. Shame on me! Marj, on reception, was friendly, welcoming and informative. The museum itself was excellent value at £5. I stayed almost 2 hours but could...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 18 September 2018

Visited free with Art pass ut would have happily paid. There was an exhibition on Beatrix Potter and Schwitters, both had rather a lot to read, but very informative. Upstairs an exhibition on women and feminism which was really good, I wish they had a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 31 August 2018

We hadn't expected the collection to be so rich and varied: Ruskin, and Beatrix Potter one could anticipate, but Schwitters was a wonderful surprise. In addition to the collection there is an interesting library on the first floor, and I would have liked another two...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Peter V
Reviewed 28 August 2018

We have been to Ambleside many times and never visited. Interesting and had an exhibition about Beatrix Potter - the Woman and her life rather than her books. Library upstairs full of local history At £5 each worth the fee

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 19 August 2018

Interesting museum, with small gift/book shop. Found exhibits and information boards interesting about Beatrix Potter's life, including her farming and watercolour painting. Another exhibition about a locally based painter - listening to staff anecdotes and conversation with visitors having a local connection made this more...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank A1M2G
Reviewed 18 August 2018

Visited because it was raining cats and dogs,well it is the lake district. We were so glad we did ,lots of interesting facts about Beatrice Potter that we did not know,what a fabulous and interesting woman she was ,so talented in so many ways. Not...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Alan V
Reviewed 5 July 2018

This small museum would be easy to miss, being situated on the edge of central Ambleside near a busy road junction. But it's well worth seeking out. The exhibits are laid out and annotated in such a way as to engage the interest. The Beatrix...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Paul R
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10 April 2018|
Response from Roving115881 |
Do you have any history of when Borrans Court was built and when was the very top flat added? Also which member of the Cunard family inherited it. Unfortunately not had time to get in to see you but had a lovely stay in... More
21 August 2017|
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Response from Graham K | Property representative |
Susan, We often receive requests for assistance in researching houses. If you contact our curator, Deborah Walsh, on 01539431212 you can arrange to meet her to see what information we have.
26 July 2016|
Response from Graham K | Property representative |
Yes, as long as you don't use flash and the photos are not for publication. Trustee