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Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry

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Address: Kendal LA9 5AL, England
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+44 1539 722464
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10:30 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 10:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Immerse yourself in Lake District History at the Museum of Lakeland Life...

Immerse yourself in Lake District History at the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry. Inside you can explore a typical Victorian farmers home from the food in the kitchen, to the elegance of the parlour. Other galleries tell the story of the Arts and Crafts movement, and the industrial history of this beautiful part of the world. Here you can discover the Lake District’s past in farming, mining, tanning, and many other ways that people have made a living amongst the fells.

The Museum allows you to discover how people have lived in the Lake District and how the unique landscape has shaped their lives. You can also find out about Arthur Ransome, one of the Lake District’s most famous authors, and colourful characters. And why not stroll down the Victorian high street before you go to find out about the toys, food, and even medicines of the past.

The Museum of Lakeland life is a must see for anyone interested in the history of this beautiful area, and with changing exhibitions looking at all aspects of Lakeland Life there will always be something new to discover.

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Lovely little museum

I attended with my girlfriend in Feb 2017 when trying to avoid the rain! It was £5 to enter and was well worth the entry fee, showed a good idea of Lakeland life and was quite... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Chris G
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I attended with my girlfriend in Feb 2017 when trying to avoid the rain! It was £5 to enter and was well worth the entry fee, showed a good idea of Lakeland life and was quite entertaining with simple ideas to keep them interested. Could spend a good couple of hours here

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James D, General Manager at Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks so much for the review. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the museum! We regularly change the exhibition and will be opening our Fun on the Fells exhibition this weekend so please do visit us again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Great little museum on a short lunch stop on the way into Scotland. Took about an hour, was free, and was fantastic in the introduction to Lakeland life. Highly recommended

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Mervent, Pays de la Loire, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

What a delight to find this museum in the middle of Kendal with easy parking - on a drizzly cold day in January! A succession of realistic room-settings enable you to imagine what life must have been like in the 19th century in this area. Another dimension is the industry section, with descriptions of the multifarious trades carried on in... More 

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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

At first thought it a little expensive, but once inside and food such interesting information, it was well worth the entrance fee. It was laid out in such a way, everything was clearly marked with information leaflets

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Matlock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

It was a bit of a drizzly day, so we decided to visit this museum. Our expectations weren’t very high, but we were pleasantly surprised at the range of objects on display, and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. It seemed that we were the only visitors at the time, so perhaps more could be done to advertise this interesting perspective... More 

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We popped in as we past and were glad we did. Interseting collection with many that are close up. Well worth a look

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Visited in order to drop off my sheep for the auction. I received a lovely welcome and thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits. The shop was relevant and excellent too. I am going to make the Tatie Pie from your recipe. Well done to all involved.

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Been there with my family. It was an interesting hour for all of us. There was even an ongoing arts activity and my daughters were invited to join. Would recommend if you are in the area

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

By moving through a series of "rooms" from various time periods, we got an interesting insight into the history of the Lake District. Much better than the Abbott Hall next door.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Our walking holiday in the Lakes was rained out, so we looked for something to do. We were so glad to have found this Museum. There are fascinating displays of a 300-year old farmer's bedroom, craftsman's workshops, the Arthur Ransome gallery and more. Plus we visited the attached Art Gallery which has some beautiful paintings and historical photographs on display.

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