Kendal Museum of Natural History and Archaeology

Kendal Museum of Natural History and Archaeology

Location : Kendal

The Museum of Natural History and Archaeology is one of the oldest museums in the country, housing outstanding displays of natural history and archaeology, both local and global. With many examples of Lakeland flora and fauna, the Museum charts developments from prehistoric times to the 20th Century.
Artefacts from the Galava Roman Fort at Ambleside are held at the Museum, and there is a tombstone which tells of a record clerk killed by enemy action.
There is a Natural History Gallery which provides glimpses of many Lakeland habitats in the form of a miniature nature trail.

The World Wildlife Gallery houses a unique selection of rare and extinct animals from different continents. It gives an insight into the ideas behind Victorian collecting, and highlights the importance of conservation today.
The Wainwright Gallery (above) charts the emergence of Cumbrian man from the Prehistoric period, and houses examples of local Roman artifacts. The Victorian flavour of the Museum has been captured, with many curios of display, including Greek and Egyptian relics. The 20th Century is marked by the recreation of the office of Alfred Wainwright, fell walker and Honorary Curator.
At the Museum there is an ongoing display which tells the story of Kendal Castle, its people and the life of the town. There are displays showing medieval objects and reconstructions of the Castle

There is an established wildlife garden with varied habitats and wild flowers that attract butterflies and birds.
There is parking (by meter) and a gift shop. The museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesday.
2021 Opening times:

  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9:30am – 4:30pm (last entry 4:00pm).
    2021 Admission fees:

  • Adults (including seniors): £5
  • 5 – 18 year olds: £2
  • Under 5’s: Free!
    Station Rd, Kendal, LA9 6BT. Tel 01539 815597
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    Grid Ref : SD 517931