Best Museums and Art Galleries In Cumbria

We've rounded up the best museums and art galleries in Cumbria in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 26 Cumbria museums and art galleries to pick from.Alternatively, why not explore some other sightseeing days out nearby, including tourist attractions. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the museums and art galleries we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

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The Puzzling Place

  • Keswick
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Puzzling Place's World of Illusion takes the theme of Illusion and runs with it. It is home to their ‘Anti-gravity Room', ‘Ames Room', ‘Hologram...

Derwent Pencil Museum4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Keswick
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Derwent Pencil Museum (previously Cumberland Pencil Museum), situated in Keswick, Cumbria, in the heart of the Lake District, is a great all weather...

Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum

  • Grasmere
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum will take you back to the era when Wordsworth was writing his poetry. Little has changed in the cottage and it...

The World of Beatrix Potter

  • Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The World of Beatrix Potter is a vibrant family attraction, bringing to life all 23 enchanting stories in a magical recreation of the beautiful Lake...

Lakeland Motor Museum4.5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Newby Bridge
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Little car enthusiasts will love exploring transport of the past at Lakeland Motor Museum. From futuristic vehicles to those of the 80’s there’s plen...

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery has something for everyone! During the holidays and at selected weekends, we provide drop-in sessions based on th...

Cumbrias Museum of Military Life

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Cumbrias Museum of Military Life Cumbria's Museum of Military Life tells our story, Cumbria's County Infantry Regiment and its soldiers past and pres...

The Rum Story

  • Whitehaven
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Rum Story is set in the original 1785 shop, courtyards, cellars and bonded warehouses of the Jefferson family and has been authentically designed...

The Beacon

  • Whitehaven
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Beacon is a landmark building next to the harbour in Whitehaven with an award winning permanent exhibition space with several easy access floors...

Solway Aviation Museum

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Solway Aviation Museum is a collection of aircraft, aviation artefacts and displays reflecting Britain's position as a former world leader in aircraf...

Millom Discovery Centre

  • Millom
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Take kids on a journey through time with quizzes, toy trains and dressing up at Millom Discovery Centre. Who says history has to be boring?! Located...

Furness Abbey

  • Barrow in Furness
  • Outdoor
  • Landmarks

Furness Abbey is a really stunning historic ruin with plenty of features to explore, plus a lot of green space around it to run about in and see it f...

Killhope Lead Mining Museum

  • Bishop Auckland
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

If you are looking for somewhere different to go for a day out, bring the family to Killhope, the North of England Lead Mining Museum in the beautifu...

The Dock Museum4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Barrow in Furness
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Barrow in Furness grew from a tiny 19th Century hamlet to the biggest iron and steel centre in the world in just 40 years. Built in an historic gravi...

Lancaster Maritime Museum

  • Lancaster
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Dive right into history at the Lancaster Maritime Museum! You will feel as though you’ve been thrown right into the century as you explore the mariti...

Lancaster City Museum

  • Lancaster
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Lancaster City Museum is a great place to start if you are visiting the city and want to know more about it or even if you have lived there all your...

Dales Countryside Museum

  • Hawes
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The charming Dales Countryside Museum tells the story of the local folk and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales from deep past up to present times, and...

Vindolanda

  • Hexham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Vindolanda and theRoman Army Museum bring history alive. Vindolanda is a fascinating Roman fort and civilian settlement lying just to the south of Ha...

Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

  • Dumfries
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The locally treasured Dumfries Museum tells the unique story of the land and people of Dumfries and Galloway, with points of interest including the f...

Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum

  • Dumfries
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The restored Control Tower of the former WWII airfield at Dumfries, Scotland is the centrepiece of the Museum and is now a listed building. The Museu...

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