Kendal Museum of Natural History and Archaeology

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

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Behind the scenes of Kendal Museum with the archaeology curator

  • 16 July 2015 11-11:45am

On Thursday 16 July between 11.00 and 11.45 our Archaeology Curator Morag Clement will be giving a talk and tour on Kendal Museum's recent projects. There will also be an opportunity to take a look behind the scenes in the archaeology store. Places are limited, please book in advance with reception of the museum.


£5.00 per person, no concessions.


Archaeological finds afternoon with Dot Boughton, Portable Antiquities Finds Liaison Officer

  • 17 July 2015 11am-2pm

On Friday 17 July between 11.00 and 14.00 Kendal Museum will be hosting a drop in Archaeological Finds Afternoon with Dot Boughton, Portable Antiquities Finds Liaison Officer for Cumbria and Lancashire. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring along the treasure you have found. Or maybe you have some questions about the finds identification process. Dot will also have examples of finds for you to look at.


Money, money, money! Coinage family fun drop in afternoon at Kendal Museum

  • 23 July 2015 12-4pm

On Thursday 23 July between 12.00 and 16.00 celebrate all things monetary. Kendal Museum have a fun afternoon in store for our visitors based on our coin collections. See the new displays funded by Art Fund and the augmented reality project that brings to life the stories behind the coins. Our Archaeology Curator Morag Clement will be on hand to answer your questions.
Surprises such as a re-enactor will also be here on the day.


£1 per child


Kendal Museum of Natural History and Archaeology
Station Road




01539 815597

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