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Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry

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Address: Kendal LA9 5AL, England
Phone Number:
+44 1539 722464
10:30 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 10:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Interesting and informative museum

Decided to visit on a day a bit wet and cold for walking. Spent 2.5 hours here. So much to see and read about the history of life and industry in the Lake District. (Some... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2016
Pat B
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 28 April 2016

Decided to visit on a day a bit wet and cold for walking. Spent 2.5 hours here. So much to see and read about the history of life and industry in the Lake District. (Some people seemed to rush around in ten minutes, but that seems to be the case in many museums). Friendly and helpful staff. As always some... More 

1 Thank Pat B
Leicester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 April 2016

Lovely little museum. Children loved it and lots of interest for all of us. Arts and Crafts movement, Arthur Ransome, great reconstructions of rooms etc.

Thank braddy2016
Dumbarton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2016

Very good museum, giving a good flavour of life in the area through the ages. Well worth a visit. Static displays but all have good explanation panels.

Thank jacm949
Rangiora, New Zealand
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Reviewed 13 February 2016

Although compact this museum gives an overview of Lakeland life. It has static displays of all aspects of daily life both in the home and the many occupations of Kendal as well as some of those with connections to Kendal such as Arthur Ransomed. Worth a visit.

Thank suemissen
Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 December 2015

The Museum of Lakeland Life makes for a very pleasant and interesting visit. The street feature with old shops is, to be honest, not as good as many others I have seen elsewhere, but this is made up for by the very interesting domestic interiors, and when you take the total exhibit into consideration there is plenty to see. We... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 October 2015

Highly recommended for those with curious kids, also anyone interested in domestic history. It ranges from milk bottles, to tenterhooks, red flannel petticoats and a good exhibition about Arthur Ransome, a surprising man.

Thank Alitho10
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2015

Went here one afternoon, the museum was due to close in 30 minutes time, not enough after I saw what was there! Allow at least an hour. You start downstairs, recreations of old shops and the sounds of the time and then you go upstairs, so much to see, all old things from the area. I was lucky to have... More 

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Reviewed 23 August 2015

We spent a couple of hours in this delightful museum as we were looking for something to do away from the persistent rain! It is informative and well laid out and has some interesting machinery and furniture. There is room dedicated to Arthur Ransome which provides an interesting overview of his life.

Thank Little Jenny
Runcorn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 August 2015

An interesting museum with a wide mix of exhibits from 18th century; pharmacy, toy shop and tailor’s shop. Sheep farming, mining, Arthur Ransom exhibition, scenes from houses from yesteryear; bedrooms, kitchens, front parlors. Plus Arts & Crafts Movement in the Lake District. Price Adult £5* (Buy one day get 12 months FREE), joint Museum & Gallery £9 (without donation £8.60)

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Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 July 2015

I visited on a joint ticket with the Abbot Hall Art Gallery valid for a year. The exhibitions took my mind off the cares of the world and the rooms are a little different. Great if you love Swallows and Amazons. Paying car park at the entrance which might be £2.30

Thank KennethC767

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