The Beacon Museum is now closed to comply with the Governments Covid 19 guidelines

THE Beacon Museum and Portal in Whitehaven will close their doors on 5th November, in line with new Government guidance.
The museum will use the four-week closure period to work on the ongoing Beacon Sparks digitisation project and carry out essential maintenance. The museum’s popular outreach programme with schools will continue.
Steven Brown, Copeland Council’s Director of Financial Resources, said: “We have been delighted with the level of support we have received from the public since we reopened in August, and a great deal of work has gone into making our visitor experience safe, while remaining informative and enjoyable, for our guests. We will continue to improve our attraction during this enforced closure, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back as soon as the restrictions allow.”

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.

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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

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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