Ruskin Museum
Ruskin Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Set in the heart of Coniston, The Ruskin Museum tells the fascinating ‘Story of Coniston’ and the many heroes that have lived and worked here. It is a Museum for all ages with something of interest for everyone. FREE CHILDREN'S ACTIVITY - The 'CONISTON HEROES TRAIL' will help your children discover local history whilst having fun The Ruskin Museum is a place to discover and be amazed by: the sheer courage and endeavour of World Water and Land Speed Record holders Donald Campbell and his father Malcolm; the inspiration of Victorian polymath John Ruskin, his influence of on our lives today and the beauty of his drawings; the toil and resilience of the early copper miners and quarry men; the imagination of Arthur Ransome and his tales of Swallows and Amazons; the bravery of the first rock climbers, founders of the Mountain Rescue; and the creativity and dedication of the Langdale Linen and Lace makers.
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  • Craftylady62
    Ulverston, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    FANTASTIC Little Museum with a big heart ❤️
    FANTASTIC Museum with masses of interesting facts, displays and information all about Coniston and the local area. The Bluebird and Douglas Campbell section is amazing and a real credit to him and his family and it will be amazing when the Bluebird finally comes home to its rightful place. Check out the Ruskin Lace work, it is incredible. We spent nearly 2 hours in the museum and went back later to see more. Brilliant little museum with a big heart. Great staff who are well informed and clearly passionate about the museum.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 October 2023
  • Gwen G
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting place!
    Great little museum! Lady at the reception was lovely! Sorry forgot your name! Lots of interesting things to look at, especially the Blue Bird wing! Hoping that the Blue Bird gets returned to them soon! Shame the Ruskin museum is missing out on this marvelous boat and exhibit. Hopefully next time we come it will be in its rightful place!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 October 2023
  • Neil M
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bluebird
    I enjoyed the museum particularly the bluebird wing. (I heard the good news that bluebird is coming home) I am pleased. But the whole museum was nice to visit. I'll be back to see bluebird in her rightful home. I look forward to seeing her there.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 February 2024
  • Tom B
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom943 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Local History with a National Touch
    An excellent local museum. Shallows and Amasons to Bluebird speed records. The ticket lasts for 12 months too. Shortly the restored recovered Bluebird from the 1967 crash will be returned to the museum. It's a great museum in the heart of Coniston.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 March 2024
  • johnhouston2
    Knaresborough, United Kingdom5,237 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent museum with an exciting new exhibit.
    This is a fabulous museum and the exciting news is that Donald Campbell’s iconic Bluebird has been rebuilt and returned to Coniston. It is in the Ruskin Museum, which is in the centre of the village, but NB that the museum is closed until the 19th march while Bluebird is being installed. Pity they hadn’t included this small detail on their website!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 March 2024
  • bluemoonrose
    Illogan, United Kingdom217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A thrill to see the Bluebird
    So pleased to be in the area just as Bluebird has returned “home”. The museum holds a fascinating collection of items including of local mining history, geology, rock climbing, lace and linen making, Ruskin’s work - but for us the star was to be found in the bluebird wing. A fascinating collection telling Campbell’s story - and a thrill to see Bluebird herself. Looking forward to seeing her back on the water in years to come. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 March 2024
  • ArteEtLabore2013
    Blackburn, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant museum!
    Such a shame to see this quality location being given One Star reviews as a direct result of the Bluebird dispute between t between Campbell's family and the restoring engineer. It shows a total lack of detailed knowledge of the situation. The amazing museum merely hosts the breathtaking Bluebird artefacts, for the benefit of Coniston and local/national/International history lovers everywhere. If you want to share your questionable conspiracy theories and views, please do it elsewhere, and don't damage the reputation of this lakeland gem. The museum is great, please support it and allow it to grow.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 April 2024
  • frank r
    Liverpool, United Kingdom232 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit
    As Bluebird has returned to its home we had to go and see this wonderful exhibit. It has to be one of the go and see it things to do. To be honest we never took in the rest of the museum as being a bit of a speed freak that was my main interest. They had film shows by Malcome and Donald Campbell which we found so interesting. Coniston may be overlooked by its bigger lake ( Windermere) but it's such a good place to visit as the people are so nice. We also visited Donald Campbell's grave which is a short walk from the museum, just to pay homage to such a brave man.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 April 2024
  • B7930MRstevenm
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Exhibition now with Bluebird
    Fabulous exhibition now including the restored Bluebird. Very informative for the enthusiast as well as the curious. Lots to see including the original jet engine, Campbell's jet boat etc. Well worth the small entrance fee.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 April 2024
  • michael c
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Getting in takes too long
    On visiting the Ruskin Museum I joined the queue in the rain, on reaching the entrance 20 minutes a notice to my left informed me to purchase anything from the shop and rejoin the queue, which had moved forward so I felt that I was pushing in. Why are there not more paying in terminals to speed people through? instead of just one. most visitor centres have the shop on the way out and not on the way in, however the exhibition and displays were well worth the visit and good value for money.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 April 2024
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Christian W
Guildford, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I must confess the sole reason in visiting this museum was to see the Donald Campbell exhibition, but was very impressed with the other parts of the place. You can see the dedication and passion in the high quality of the exhibits. The Campbell family should feel very proud in this brilliant wing dedicated to our speed hero. They still only have the original engine found in the lake, but the whole boat is still being restored. Don't let this put you off because they have a lot of Campbell items to keep you interested. They also have a great gift shop and you can stock up on Donald Campbell stuff, I also found some books that are out of print, so was very happy. The added bonus was the lovely and chatty lady (sorry terrible memory in names) who made us feel very welcome and gave us some some good direction advice in getting to the Lakeland Motor Museum. Coniston is lucky to have this place.
Written 17 March 2020
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Dear Christian Thank you very much for your kind review. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit hope you managed to get to the Motor Museum ok. I shall pass on your compliments to our staff member. Hopefully we shall be able to welcome you here again soon. Thanks again.
Written 19 March 2020
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Dxfour Z
Caerdydd, null, United Kingdom36 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Have to say if you wish to visit the museum exclusively for the Campbell and the Bluebird I would not bother. Although there was a lot of historical items including personal for the Campbell connection I was very disappointed with the main attraction the bluebird. On the web site it shows an image of the engine some damaged body word but also sponsons etc on display however what was on display was the engine the piece of damaged metal work with a painted outline of the boat on the floor. Yes I know that the boat was repaired and has been run again but the website makes it look like there was much more to see than was actually there. Yes there is other interesting items there for more than the Bluebird/ Campbell story but reading on the site " New Bluebird Wing Ruskin Museum Director Vicky Slowe spoke of Gina's generosity and an appeal was launched to raise money for the building of a new wing to house the restored K7. This culminated in the opening of the museum’s new Bluebird Wing in 2008." I did expect more than what was there and feel that this quote from their website is very misleading. There is a lot of information on screens which you can search but you could easily find this information (or at least most of it) on your computer and save the admission fee.
Written 25 August 2020
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Thank you very much for visiting us and feeding back your thoughts on the Museum and it's collection. As it happens we are currently in the process of updating our website which should be going live shortly. Thank you again
Written 28 August 2020
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Tony H
York, England, United Kingdom16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Whilst in the Lake District we visited this lovely little museum, mainly for the Donald Campbell exhibition. The weather was glorious so people were lapping up the sunshine in beer gardens and the like. Therefore the museum was quiet and we had the place to oiurselves throughout our duration of about 20 mins.
Written 5 August 2021
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tonysM1460PS
Bowness-on-Windermere, UK53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
Day we visited it was wet we found this museum whilst walking about what a find the Gentleman behind the desk was lovely and welcoming.
The facts in the museum where great learnt a lot and loved Bluebird room so interesting my son who is 14 years old was fascinated as where we.
Worth a visit in a lovely part of the world well done all.
Written 11 November 2020
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Ian C
London, UK23,735 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Eminent people who owned houses along the Coniston Water include John Ruskin and Arthur Ransome, while one of the main achievements on the lake was Donald Campbell's attempts at breaking the water speed records over the years. All are celebrated in the Ruskin Museum in Coniston, while Ruskin is also buried in the churchyard a short distance away

The Museum tells the story of the local area, its copper industry and its lace industry - which was a surprise to me - and these unique individuals, plus others who have contributed to the history of Coniston - so much achievement in one place. The museum is well worth visiting as an introduction to the area.
Written 26 October 2020
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michael c
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
On visiting the Ruskin Museum I joined the queue in the rain, on reaching the entrance 20 minutes a notice to my left informed me to purchase anything from the shop and rejoin the queue, which had moved forward so I felt that I was pushing in. Why are there not more paying in terminals to speed people through? instead of just one. most visitor centres have the shop on the way out and not on the way in, however the exhibition and displays were well worth the visit and good value for money.
Written 4 April 2024
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Gary S
West Malling, UK69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
Visited the museum as the weather was set to be wet & cool all day. We passed a good hour or so there reading about the area, Ruskin & Bluebird. Very educational. Lots of interesting items on display covering a broad range of history. A small charge applies to enter.
Written 6 August 2021
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BP87
Leeds, UK189 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Popped by on a very wet Lakeland day. Tbh in the 30+ years I've been coming to the lakes I didn't realise the museum was here. Was mainly out of trying to find a dry activity to do I stumbled across this fantastic little museum.
I've always been a historical fan boy of Donald Cambell and his record attempts and this museum has a fantastic little wing all about the chase for 300mph and the fateful day. It was humbling seeing what's left of Bluebird and the helmet worn on the David disaster.
The other elements of the small museum are also great, learning about Conistons WW1 Victoria cross hero and the mines was also excellent.
I'd be lying if I said I had much interest for Ruskin however the museum had laid out that part very well. If you did have an affinity for the painter you would like it.
Staff really pleasant.
The Halloween trail was a nice touch for my daughter who would have been rather bored otherwise. This is definatley an adult museum.
Have reccomended to my parents to visit.
Thank you.
Written 28 October 2020
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simon
London, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
Not just for rainy days. A wonderful eclectic mix of local tales. Ruskin and Campbell are the two big names, and while they share no common ground, their contributions to Conistons’s history sit comfortably alongside each other in this wonderful museum. Both men’s stories are well told; Ruskin’s studies of travel, art and Campbell’s pursuit of world records. The Bluebird wing is a fabulous collection of artefacts and will delight anybody fascinated by speed. There’s also the history of local copper mining, Neolithic settlers and Swallows and Amazons. All four of us (kids 6 and 11) loved it. Highly recommend.
Written 28 October 2021
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Mark S
West Midlands, UK106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2020 • Friends
This is a great little museum in Coniston that covers local history and heritage.

There is a very good display on Donald Campbell which includes some fragments of the Bluebird K7 wreckage. Other displays include a history of slate and copper mining and the boat which inspired Arthur Ransome to use it in Swallows and Amazons.

There is a gallery on the life of John Ruskin which was very interesting, I am now interested in going to Brantwood which was his home in Coniston.

Very friendly staff. I really recommend this museum!
Written 6 August 2020
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Dear Mark Thank you for coming to see us and for your positive feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back soon
Written 15 September 2020
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