Opening hours demo

We are currently closed, but open again tomorrow at 10:00

Opening hours

Open: 10:00 – 16:30
Tuesday: 10:00 – 16:30
Wednesday: 10:00 – 16:30
Thursday: 10:00 – 16:30
Friday: 10:00 – 16:30
Saturday: 10:00 – 16:30
Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00

Last entry to the museum will be 45 mins before closing.


Open: 10:00 – 16:30
Tuesday: 10:00 – 16:30
Wednesday: 10:00 – 16:30
Thursday: 10:00 – 16:30
Friday: 10:00 – 16:30
Saturday: 10:00 – 16:30
Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00


  • Open: 10:00 – 16:30
  • Tuesday: 10:00 – 16:30
  • Wednesday: 10:00 – 16:30
  • Thursday: 10:00 – 16:30
  • Friday: 10:00 – 16:30
  • Saturday: 10:00 – 16:30
  • Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00


  • star rating  This is a larger than expected museum on the harbour in Whitehaven. The Galleries cover 4 floors and explore many aspects of life in the area. The historic port is... read more

    avatar thumb MarpleTraveller
    March 22, 2023

    star rating  Masterpieces and VR with Tim Peake! - A wonderful museum full of good interactive displays. The staff were fabulous and the views from the museum were also great. We really enjoyed the VR space adventure with Tim... read more

    24winnyr
    March 19, 2023
  • star rating  We found this to be a fascinating museum.
    When we planned our visit we knew about the Sellafield exhibition and assumed that there would be a good local history part... read more

    avatar thumb car0T
    January 9, 2023

    star rating  This was a great experience. Lots of varied interactives for kids and adults alike. Very informative displays of ancient to modern history. Staff very friendly. Accessible car park... read more

    avatar thumb paulandtraceyb
    October 28, 2022
  • star rating  The price was very reasonable, the lady on reception - I think it was Megan was great, very approachable and enthusiastic! You can leave midway, say for lunch, and then... read more

    Richard H
    September 7, 2022

    star rating  Amazing, interactive place for all ages. Only had an hour and a half but could have spent twice that time easily. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Facilities in the... read more

    gills886
    September 7, 2022
  • star rating  We visited on a wet day from camping hoping to kill some time indoors. We left five hours later and could have stayed longer.

    This is an amazing, interactive... read more

    862ianp
    July 30, 2022

    star rating  Fascinating place plus brilliant use of virtual reality (VR) decending a coal mine, the Lowther family routes in Cumbria and much more.

    SheilajgUk
    June 29, 2022
  • star rating  We are a couple and visited on a rainy day during the Platinum Jubilee. The admission price of £7 per adult was exceptional value for money.

    Very interactive... read more

    Y354ETmichaelc
    June 7, 2022

    star rating  We had a great time, very attentive staff lovely displays family fun must visit again!
    Even so it was a rainy day this museum made it all worth while... read more

    810charlesj
    June 3, 2022
  • star rating  We visited the Beacon Museum with our three children, aged 13, 11 and 8, whilst on holiday in the area. It was well worth the visit. The exhibits are... read more

    RachelSinger
    May 31, 2022

    star rating  A great experience, lots of interesting thing for children to explore, learning while playing. The views across the bay are fantastic. The staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.
    A wonderful... read more

    patmcmaster
    May 25, 2022
  • star rating  Great views from the tip floor. A interesting museum with friendly and informative staff. A cafe is also on the ground floor.

    MarylynF
    May 24, 2022

    star rating  We have been exploring Cumbria over the years and have visited most of the larger towns at various times. Whitehaven was one we'd not visited before so a leaflet... read more

    Staffspublover
    May 10, 2022
  • star rating  Went with s group from 10-2 plus adults. Everyone plenty to engage with. Two year old loved demolition in selafield exhibition, digging for treasure and playing with cars and giant... read more

    megansP9276EC
    April 13, 2022

    star rating  Fantastic few hours here. My 2 girls 4 and 6 loved it. There is so much to do. We did the craft activity which was about the Chinese New Year.... read more

    emma_beach
    February 24, 2022