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Armitt Museum

Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9BL, England
+44 15394 31212
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Thoughtful and engaging museum

This small museum would be easy to miss, being situated on the edge of central Ambleside near a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Paul R
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
Never knew this place existed

Went here on our tour with English Lakes Tours and it was amazing to see a different side to... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2018
ernie478
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“kurt schwitters” (16 reviews)
“beatrix potter” (48 reviews)
“worth a visit” (7 reviews)
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Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9BL, England
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+44 15394 31212
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"lake district"
in 11 reviews
"great collection"
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"on display"
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"second hand books"
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"fascinating insight"
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"a real gem"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Paul R
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

Went here on our tour with English Lakes Tours and it was amazing to see a different side to Beatrix Potter. My daughter thinks she just wrote about cuddly animals but is was very interesting to see her drawings of fungi and mushrooms and it...More

Thank ernie478
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Reviewed 25 May 2018

The BP exhibition is very interesting, you learn a lot about her involvement with the National Trust, her early interest in and contributions to mycology, how she helped preserve what we have today in the Lake District, her relationship with the Girl Guides, nursing, and...More

Thank Dan C
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

After 30 years of visiting the Lakes we finally got round to trying this little museum on a wet day. Billing itself as an important part of preserving Ambleside history we were a little disappointed with the number of local artefacts which were actually on...More

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Reviewed 28 February 2018

I passed the Armitt Library for years before I finally made it a priority. It has an important collection of two local arts of international importance: Beatrice Potter and Kurt Schwitters. Potter left many of her non-blue jacketed rabbit works to the Armitt. She was...More

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Reviewed 22 February 2018

The staff are friendly and informative, A really lovely exhibition of Beatrix Potter's whole life not just the little books.

Thank blackmill6
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

Some great Beatrix Potter collections. Very friendly place to visit - ideal to spend an hour or two.

Thank Corrie N
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Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

What a fantastic place lovely displays very good Beatrix Potter information price is excellent lovely books needs to be advertised. Lovely hidden gem

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Graham K, Trustee at Armitt Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2018

Julie, I am delighted that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to you visiting us again..

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

This is an absolute gem: fascinating exhibition about all aspects of Beatrix Potter's life and some wonderful paintings by Kurt Schwitters. There is the added bonus of the well-stocked secondhand bookshop in the entrance and the lovely library upstairs. Easy to park and well worth...More

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Reviewed 19 January 2018

Enjoyed this museum very much. It was a lot bigger inside than it looks from the outside! Good display of Beatrix Potter materials.

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Susan L
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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.
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Yes, as long as you don't use flash and the photos are not for publication. Trustee
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