The Beacon in Whitehaven offers an interactive experience for all the family. Absorb yourself in the amazing views through the powerful telescopes in the Viewing Gallery, present your very own weather forecast in the Weather Zone and explore the lighthouse style building to discover local history through the ages using interactive touchscreens, sights, sounds, and smells. Dig up your very own Roman artefact or join the crew and jump aboard the Maria Lowther Ship! From pirates, police, and the lives of the rich and poor - to games, ghosts, disease and death!
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. Visit www.thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk for more details.
Museum, Archaeological site, Science centre, Ship or maritime heritage site
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm. Closed Mondays (Except school & public holidays). Last entry 45 mins before closing.
Children under 16 yrs: £2
Under 5s free
- Museums Association
Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Maritime, Natural Sciences, Social History, Weapons and War
"Ice Age - Life After Dinosaurs" and "Shark! Myths and Reality"
- 13 July 2013 — 5 January 2014 *on now
Following on from the huge success of the BBC Walking with Dinosaurs Exhibition in 2011, “Ice Age – Life After Dinosaurs” and “Shark! Myths and Reality” continue the story where the dinosaurs left off.
Be transported back to a time when the Earth was dominated by a diverse range of magnificent mammals. The “Ice Age – Life After Dinosaurs” exhibition features full size replicas of giant beasts including the Woolly Mammoth, the Woolly Rhino and the fearsome Sabre Tooth Cat as well as real and replica fossils.
“Shark! Myths and Reality” will turn everything you thought you knew about sharks upside down, bringing visitors face to face with life size replicas of these ancient hunters, including the Great White. This exhibition aims to dispel the many myths about sharks as mindless killing machines. Built in co-operation with The Shark Trust, it tells the real story of these fascinating underwater creatures.
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- Any age
Adult £6.50, Concession £5, Child £2, Under 5s FREE. Family ticket £15