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This list of museums in Cumbria, England contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Image Town/City Type Summary
The Beacon, Whitehaven Image needed LHB Whitehaven Multiple website, local history, art, industry, natural history, maritime heritage
Cars of the Stars Motor Museum Image needed LHB Keswick Automotive Celebrity television and film vehicles (Currently closed - 2010)
Cumberland Pencil Museum Image needed LHB Keswick Industry Pencil making
Dock Museum Image needed LHB Barrow-in-Furness Local Local history, shipbuilding, steel industry, World War II bombings
Haig Colliery Mining Museum Image needed LHB Whitehaven Mining Coal mining
Helena Thompson Museum Image needed LHB Workington Multiple website, period rooms, costumes, decorative arts, local history, industry, culture, agriculture
Heron Corn Mill Image needed LHB Beetham Mill website, restored watermill
Hub of the North Pennines Museum Image needed LHB Alston Multiple website, vintage cars, motorbikes, bicycles, local history, agriculture, model railroad
Hutton in the Forest Hutton-in-the-Forest 04 Penrith Historic house Medieval manor house and gardens
James Bond Museum Image needed LHB Keswick Automotive website, vehicles and props used in the James Bond films, sister museum to the Cars of the Stars Motor Museum
Keswick Mining Museum Image needed LHB Keswick Mining website, mining in the region, rocks and minerals
Lakeland Motor Museum Image needed LHB Backbarrow Automotive Classic automobiles and memorabilia
Levens Hall Levens Hall 03 Kendal Historic house Manor house, topiary garden, steam vehicle and engine collection
Maryport Maritime Museum Image needed LHB Maryport Maritime website, Maryport's maritime and painting history, also industry, social and political history
Millom Heritage Museum And Visitor Centre Image needed LHB Millom History Period store displays, iron mining, rural trades, 19th century miner's cottage, agriculture, archaeology, poet Norman Nicholson, local history
Museum of Lakeland Life Image needed LHB Kendal Multiple Llocal history, period rooms, agriculture, mining, Arts & Crafts movement, costumes
Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre - - 60938 Nenthead Mining website, mineral mining past of the North Pennines, lead and zinc mine, equipment, buildings
Penrith and Eden Museum Image needed LHB Penrith Local website, local history, geology, archaeology
RAF Millom Aviation & Military Museum Image needed LHB Millom Military World War II British Royal Air Force bombing and gunnery school, airplanes, engines, military vehicles, weapons, artifacts
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Image needed LHB Ravenglass Railway Heritage railway and museum at the station
Solway Aviation Museum Solway Aviation Museum, Carlisle Airport, Cumbria - - 50887 Carlisle Aviation Located at the Carlisle Lake District Airport, World War II aviation and local aviation history
Stott Park Bobbin Mill Stott Park Bobbin Mill Steam Engine Newby Bridge Industry Operated by English Heritage, former bobbin mill with preserved steam engines
Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum Image needed LHB Threlkeld Mining website, former microgranite quarry, exhibits, tools and artifacts from area mines. Includes the Vintage excavator collection
Windermere Steamboat Museum Image needed LHB Windermere Maritime Boat collection, museum under development

Defunct museumsEdit

  • Cumberland Toy and Model Museum, Cockermouth, website
  • Florence Mine Heritage Centre[1], Egremont, Cumbria


  1. Visit Egremont: Florence Mine Heritage Centre

See alsoEdit

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