Free weekend admission to The Beacon Museum

The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven is opening its doors to everyone for free this weekend (Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October).

Come and see what you can discover, with four floors of family-friendly galleries and exhibitions, there really is something for everyone.

The museum tells the story of historic Cumberland, an area set amongst the Lake District’s dramatic mountain and coastal landscapes.

The Beacon Museum offers an ongoing programme of exhibitions to complement the display of its permanent collection. These range from major blockbusters often curated by staff, to touring exhibitions and works on loan from other institutions.

Councillor Anne Quilter, Cumberland Council’s Executive Member for Vibrant and Healthy Places, said:

“Our award-winning tourist attraction is a great place to visit, and this is an opportunity for those who haven’t yet visited us to experience the fantastic interactive exhibits spread across four floors of fun. For those who have joined us before, we welcome you back to see what’s new.

“Why not visit us and see our popular Roman exhibition, find out more about the area’s nuclear heritage or just unearth some of the fascinating history of Cumberland. There are endless things to do that will entertain and educate.

“A visit could be combined with a walk along the harbour, or up to the Candlestick. Please come along and enjoy a free day out on us.”

Until Sunday 1 October, you can discover what the Romans did for Cumbria, who they were and what did they leave behind for us as part of a special exhibition in the Harbour Gallery – Romans – are we there yet!

Upcoming events include:

  • Cumberland Sports: opens Saturday 30 September 2023 until 7 January 2024

Celebrating all that is great about Cumberland’s local sports scene, past and present.

  • Mini Golf: opens 21 October 2023 until 15 April 2024

Discover historic Cumberland in a new family friendly experience in a one-of-a-kind exhibit featuring a nine-hole mini golf course.

Owned and managed by Cumberland Council, the museum is open daily 10am – 4.30pm during school holidays. During term time (from 11 September 2023), it is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4.30pm and Sunday, 11am – 4pm. Closed Monday.

Last admission is 45 minutes prior to closing.

Every first Sunday of every month, they hold a ‘quiet hour’ for the first hour of opening (10am – 11am).