Keswick Museum & Art Gallery

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Fitz Park Station Road
CA12 4NF

The museum tells the story of Keswick and the surrounding area. Keswick has a unique history, with lots of 'firsts, including the first pencils, some very famous residents, and lots of beautiful scenery. It was purpose built in 1897 of local green volcanic state and St Bees sandstone and is set in the beautiful Fitz Park. The park has many facilities including tennis, putting, bowls, a children's play area and picnic area. It is the only purpose built museum in the Lake District, and it still retains its Victorian feel. There is a lot to see in the Museum and children love it. Some of the stories in the Museum include: The Discovery of the Lake District as a tourist destination over 200 years ago The honeycombing of the area by mining for precious metals by order of Queen Elizabeth I The first recreational use of the fells as the sport of Rock Climbing was invented, and the amazing photographs taken by the mountaineering Abraham brothers. The discovery of Lakeland's beauty by the romantic writers and poets of the 1800s. The development of the environmental movement with the founding of The National Trust, principally by one of Keswick's leading citizens, Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley. In addition the Museum exhibits: A stunning collection of crystals and minerals Flintoft's amazing 4m Scale Model of the Lake District Original letters by Southey, Wordsworth and Walpole The famous 664 year old cat The remarkable Musical Stones, played by Royal Command for Queen Victoria. Napoleon's Teacup! Britain's rarest fish The skin of a giant cobra A mantrap

Further information

Opening Hours:

Open daily 10am - 4pm Closed 24–27 December and 01–03 January each year


Adult - valid for 12 months (16 years +) £4 Student - valid for 12 months (over 60 or with a student card) £3 Child - valid for 12 months (5–15 years) £2.50 Child (under 5 years) Free Family day pass (2 adults & up to 3 children) £10 Friends of KMAG Free


  • Museums Association

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Facilities and services


  • Education facilities available
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas


  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Guided tours
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Touch exhibits

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