Discover the past, present and future at the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven…

Plan your visit

From Pre-History to the Present, our interactive galleries and exhibitions are waiting for you to explore.

We’re following the latest Government guidance on COVID to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable.

Here’s everything you need to know before visiting us.

We are now closed, however we are open tomorrow 10:00 – 16:30

West Strand
Whitehaven
Cumbria
CA28 7LY

Santa’s Grotto & Christmas activities

Visit Santa this Christmas at the Beacon Museum.

  • Write and post a letter to Santa.
  • Explore the Museum along the Scrooge Christmas Trail.
  • Join the elves in the magical workshop to create a Georgian themed Xmas card or peg doll.
  • Meet Santa in his Grotto.
  • star rating  A wonderful museum! Plan on spending a few hours both in the musuem and enjoying the spectacular views. The exhibits are very interesting and extrememly well done. ... read more

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    October 18, 2021

    star rating  the whole museum is very interesting and well worth a visit both for locals and visitors alike. only problem we had was the lift was out of order and as... read more

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    September 17, 2021
  • star rating  Our kids had a fabulous time here. They spent HOURS going through all the exhibits. We were so impressed by the number and quality of the interactive exhibits. We've never... read more

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    September 4, 2021

    star rating  We visited the museum and was amazed at the different topics that were covered over the four floors. Many of the exhibits are brought in at different times so each... read more

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    September 1, 2021
  • star rating  We visited the museum and was amazed at the different topics that were covered over the four floors. Many of the exhibits are brought in at different times so each... read more

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    September 1, 2021

    star rating  Stumbled on this museum almost by accident, and can honestly say it is one of the best we have encountered. It has lots of historical information and is full of... read more

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    August 30, 2021
  • star rating  Stumbled on this museum almost by accident, and can honestly say it is one of the best we have encountered. It has lots of historical information and is full of... read more

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    August 30, 2021

    star rating  This museum has some of the best interactive displays I have come across in a small museum. It is also kept up to date. There is a panel on covd... read more

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    August 20, 2021
  • star rating  This museum has some of the best interactive displays I have come across in a small museum. It is also kept up to date. There is a panel on covd... read more

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    August 20, 2021

    star rating  We have had a "Whitehaven Marina walk" and the museum was a part of it. Nice location and good place to learn something about Whitehaven and its history.
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    July 28, 2021
  • star rating  We have had a "Whitehaven Marina walk" and the museum was a part of it. Nice location and good place to learn something about Whitehaven and its history.
    They try... read more

    avatar thumb MJK
    July 28, 2021

    star rating  Fascinating museums with interactive exhibits, so much to see. Great views over harbour. Lovely staff and excellent cafe with marina views, sitting in the sun there was lovely. White haven... read more

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    July 10, 2021
  • star rating  great place to learn something. Cafe was very good and reasonable prices. Did not have lunch there but meals looked very good. Our lemon cake and coffee was

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    July 10, 2021

    star rating  Fascinating museums with interactive exhibits, so much to see. Great views over harbour. Lovely staff and excellent cafe with marina views, sitting in the sun there was lovely. White haven... read more

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    July 10, 2021
  • star rating  Super museum with an excellent touring exhibition on Medieval Medicine. There is so much to see and do here. We will be back!

    avatar thumb A W
    June 20, 2021

    star rating  Super museum with an excellent touring exhibition on Medieval Medicine. There is so much to see and do here. We will be back!

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    June 20, 2021

Explore our Galleries

Mezzanine

Take a trip back in the not-too-distant past; discover toys, ride a Chopper bike and present the weather forecast!

changing times gallery

Copeland’s Changing Times

Copeland’s history dates back thousands of years, long before the Romans or Vikings landed.

The Sellafield Story

Discover the story of how West Cumbria supported the war effort and, afterwards, how new technology was pioneered right here to give the UK a nuclear deterrent.

Exhibitions

Harbour & Town Trail

There is more to discover at Whitehaven Harbour!

Use the West Cumbria with the Beacon Museum App to find points of interest along the trail and the use the GPS enabled map to track your progress.