The Beacon Museum are working towards a date to reopen on the 18th May 2021 in line with the government’s road map. We will be able to confirm all details of our reopening nearer the time. We are working hard behind the scenes and getting ready to welcome you back. There will be new exhibitions and digital inter actives to explore whilst ensuring we follow all Covid-safety measures.
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Discover the past, present and future at the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven. Situated between the Georgian town’s former coal mines and iconic harbour, the museum and gallery tells the story of historical Copeland, which boasts two world heritage sites and includes stunning coastline as well as dramatic Lake District landscapes.

At the Beacon Museum you can watch Viking silver unearthed, become a crew member on a trading ship, play a Roman board game, smell (yes!) life in a slum, present a weather forecast, and revisit favourite childhood toy crazes, But that’s just a start. Science lovers can delve into the living heritage of the west Cumbrian nuclear industry in the interactive Sellafield Story exhibition. And of course, there is also an extensive collection of fascinating objects and artwork, plus local and touring exhibitions throughout the year.

But be sure to take a moment to take in the best coastal views in town from our panoramic viewing gallery, complete with telescopes. We can’t wait to see you!

From Viking silver to Victorian trading ships, a vibrant collection of historic objects and artwork is accompanied by a blend of local and touring exhibitions throughout the year.

Science lovers can delve into the living heritage of the west Cumbrian nuclear industry within the interactive Sellafield Story exhibition, and revellers can take in the best view in Whitehaven from the panoramic viewing gallery.

The best of the west is here at the Beacon Museum

The museum was recently awarded £252,000 by central Government as part of its £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

Additionally, the Beacon Sparks project that will progress during the period of closure is bringing the museum to life through a series of digital interactives.

The project aims to revitalise the visualisation of local history with subjects including history, art and science transformed for visitors to learn and enjoy.

2020 Opening Hours

Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm  Mondays closed except during school holidays
(last admission 3pm)

Sunday 11am- 4pm
(last admission 3 pm)


The Beacon
West Strand, Whitehaven,
Cumbria. CA28 7LY.


Stick around

There are lots of things to do in Whitehaven and the surrounding area to help you make the most of your visit.

The Bistro

The Beacon shop

Things to do in the area

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