The Beacon Museum
The Beacon Museum, situated on Whitehaven’s beautiful Georgian harbourside, tells the story of the rich history of this fascinating corner of the Western Lake District.
There is a fantastic interactive exhibition which tells the story of the nuclear industry in West Cumbria, past, present and future.
Beginning at the top of the museum, visitors can expect to enjoy the best view in town in our viewing gallery, looking out across the Solway. That floor also features an interactive POP Gallery exploring leisure and culture in 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s.
Downstairs the story of West Cumbria begins with the hands-on history of the area from Norse Settlers to twentieth century industries.
Our second floor exhibition tells the story of how West Cumbria supported the war effort and, afterwards, how new technology was pioneered right here to give the UK a nuclear deterrent. The exciting, interactive new exhibition charts, warts and all, how that early weapons programme grew into a nuclear industry which has supported Cumbria’s economy for the past 60 years, and looks at what the future might be for energy.
Whatever your age, The Beacon Museum is a great place to learn and have fun. After your visit, be sure to take a look in our gift shop before relaxing in The Wellington Bistro for lunch or a cuppa.
Also don't miss the gift shop, which stocks a whole range of locally sourced gifts.
We also have the family-run Wellington Bistro and Café on our ground floor.
With rotating exhibitions in our Harbour Gallery and events scheduled throughout the year and school holidays, it’s the perfect time to visit The Beacon.
Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4.30pm. Last admission 3.45pm. Closed Mondays except for school and bank holiday Mondays.
Closed 24th to 26th December inclusive.
Adult £5.50, Concession £4, Child £2 (under 5s free), Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £10.
- Museums Association
Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Maritime, Natural Sciences, Social History, Weapons and War
Mysteries of Victorian Whitehaven
- 11 July 2015 10am-4pm
Go back in time and explore the 19th century industrial Whitehaven. Learn what life was like for the working class and find out how they survived without electricity or sanitation. Touch real Victorian objects and find out how we can learn from them. Hear how children were put to work and discover the conditions they lived in. Discover the amazing history of Whitehaven with your eyes and feet and see how many changes have taken place and hear the stories of some historic figures.
Beacon Museum admission fees apply to allow you to take part in the guided tour. Mystery objects and Victorian Handling free activity in museum reception.
The Beacon Museum