The Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry (Temporarily Closed)

Abbot Hall, Kendal, LA9 5AL
Exterior of the MuseumT

Exterior of the Museum © Lakeland Arts

Opened in 1971, the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry celebrates the rich history of the Cumbrian people in the 18th and 19th centuries, giving visitors an opportunity to step back in time and catch a glimpse of life for people in a rural society.

The museum is located in the centre of Kendal and, therefore, is an interesting way of passing a couple of hours during your visit to the town.

Planning Your Visit

Contact Details:
01539 722 464 / Website
Please see official website
Seasonal Opening:
Closed for Redevelopment

Things To See

MOLLI Kitchen

MOLLI Kitchen © Lakeland Arts

Though small when compared to the museums found in larger cities, the Museum of Lakeland Life is packed with exhibits that will allow you to connect to the Cumbrian ancestors. There are recreations of Cumbrian farmhouses from the period with the kitchens and bedrooms in particular giving you a fascinating insight into the lives of people who have gone before us.

Children will love the post office that is complete with Postman Pat and his faithful cat Jess, as well as the Victorian toy shop and the delights it has to offer. Learn about medicine from the period in the pharmacy or how farmers and miners made a living with their carefully crafted tools.

A section of the museum is devoted to Arthur Ransome, author of Swallows and Amazons. Much of his work was inspired by the landscapes of the Lake District and the museum has a collection of his original manuscripts and illustrations. More recent history is covered in the Joseph Hardman exhibit. A photographer for the Westmoreland Gazette between the 1930s and 1950s, his award-winning images captured life on the fells and the museum is home to collection of 5000 of his negatives.

There are exhibits that change on a regular basis with previous exhibits including Victorian Fashion and Food In Cumbria. Children are provided with quizzes to complete as they explore the museum, whilst workshops for children are held throughout the school holidays.

Useful Information

The Abbott Hall Coffee House is located in the same building as the museum and serves hot and cold lunches, cakes, and drinks, as well as options for children.

In the museum shop, you can buy locally made crafts and artwork, as well as books, toys, and gifts.

Unfortunately, there is no lift in the building due to its historic nature, and, therefore, only the ground floor of the museum is accessible by wheelchair.


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