Keswick Museum & Art Gallery
The museum tells the story of Keswick and the surrounding area. Keswick has a unique history, with lots of 'firsts, including the first pencils, some very famous residents, and lots of beautiful scenery.
It was purpose built in 1897 of local green volcanic state and St Bees sandstone and is set in the beautiful Fitz Park. The park has many facilities including tennis, putting, bowls, a children's play area and picnic area.
It is the only purpose built museum in the Lake District, and it still retains its Victorian feel. There is a lot to see in the Museum and children love it. Some of the stories in the Museum include:
The Discovery of the Lake District as a tourist destination over 200 years ago
The honeycombing of the area by mining for precious metals by order of Queen Elizabeth I
The first recreational use of the fells as the sport of Rock Climbing was invented, and the amazing photographs taken by the mountaineering Abraham brothers.
The discovery of Lakeland's beauty by the romantic writers and poets of the 1800s.
The development of the environmental movement with the founding of The National Trust, principally by one of Keswick's leading citizens, Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley.
In addition the Museum exhibits:
A stunning collection of crystals and minerals
Flintoft's amazing 4m Scale Model of the Lake District
Original letters by Southey, Wordsworth and Walpole
The famous 664 year old cat
The remarkable Musical Stones, played by Royal Command for Queen Victoria.
Britain's rarest fish
The skin of a giant cobra
Currently closed for the wimter
Free but donations appreciated
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