Kendal Museum of Natural History and Archaeology

Kendal Museum of Natural History and Archaeology
Station Road




01539 815597

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Kendal Museum
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Kendal is situated on the edge of the English Lake District and is home to one of the country's oldest museums. Founded in 1796, Kendal Museum's fascinating collections include local Archaeology, History, Geology and a Natural History collection from around the globe. Kendal Museum also has a changing programme of temporary exhibitions, events, courses and lectures. Children and families are warmly welcomed with hands-on exhibits, worksheets, activities during school holidays and a branch of The Young Archaeologists' Club. Education is seen as a primary function of Kendal Museum. Our aim is to enable visitors of all ages, and especially those from schools, to gain a deeper understanding and enjoyment from the material in our collections.

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Opening hours

Open Tues-Sat
10:30-17:00 (last entry 16:30)
Please allow at least one hour for your visit.
Closed between Christmas and New Year.

Admission charges

£4 adults
£3 concession
Under 18s and students go free


  • Museums Association

Collection details

Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Maritime, Music, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • 20 September — 29 November 2014 *on now

Now in its 50th year, the internationally-recognised annual competition has drawn over 48,000 entries from 98 countries, from amateur and professional photographers alike. The rigorous selection process has brought together judges from across the globe, to choose the best entries. Through the lens of wildlife photography, the exhibition captures the intrigue and beauty of our planet, giving us a glimpse of the natural world.

The touring exhibition will be downstairs in our temporary exhibition gallery.
Please note the temporary exhibition area is not accessible to wheelchair users. We will be showing on loop images from the exhibition with pictorial information in the hospitality area which is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair users and a companion will receive entry free of charge for the duration of this exhibition.

A selection of gifts will be available in our shop in conjunction with the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£4 adults
£3 concession
Under 18s and students go free

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Young Archaeologists' Club (YAC)

The Kendal branch of the Young Archaeologists' Club is hosted by Kendal Museum who meet once a month for fun sessions ranging from cave painting to visiting an excavation and finding out what archaeologists actually do. As well as the montly theme, the Club have lots of hands-on activities and members usually make something to take home.

How to obtain

There is currently a waiting list to join the Club, but if you would like to put your name on the list, or find out more, please contact us: or 01539 721374.