COVID-19 Closure

The Beacon Museum and Beacon Portal  are both currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 response. Please do not visit us during this time, although we look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. In the meantime, please check out our learning resources in the section above for some great ideas for learning at home. You can also follow our social media pages to stay in touch and see our ongoing home learning outreach with the help of Baxter Bear


 Some updates on our upcoming exhibitions:

– Bears! due to launch on Saturday 28 March has been postponed until further notice

– West Coast Photo, also due to launch on Saturday 28 March has been cancelled pending rescheduling for another time

– Our summer exhibition Medieval Medicines, has been postponed until summer 2021


We hope to resume our normal schedule of exhibitions events and public outreach in the near future, but only when it is safe to do so. 

Thank you

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Discover the past, present and future at the Beacon Museum, Whitehaven. Situated between the Georgian town’s iconic mines and harbour, this museum and art gallery tells the story of historic Copeland, which boasts two world heritage sites set amongst the Lake District’s dramatic mountain and coastal landscapes.

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

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4:30pm &  Mondays during school holidays
(last admission 3:45pm)

Sunday 11am- 4pm
(last admission 3.15pm)


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

Collaborative partners


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