Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry

Immerse yourself in Lake District History at the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry. The Museum takes you back through time to explore the story of the Lake District and its inhabitants. Isolated before the arrival of the railway and motorcar, this area developed its own unique customs and traditions.

Inside you can explore a typical Victorian farmers home from the food in the kitchen, to the elegance of the parlour.  Other galleries tell the story of the Arts and Crafts movement, and the industrial history of this beautiful part of the world. Here you can discover the Lake District’s past in farming, mining, tanning, and many other ways that people have made a living amongst the fells.

Recreated period rooms and workshops reveal how rural people lived and worked and played and how different life was before the introduction of machinery. Discover a Lake District kitchen, complete with traditional recipes and utensils, a bedroom full of vernacular furniture and furnishings – including a magnificent 17th century four-poster bed, a farmhouse parlour with a working phonograph and rare 18th century oak panelling.

The Museum of Lakeland life is a must see for anyone interested in the history of this beautiful area, and with changing exhibitions looking at all aspects of Lakeland Life there will always be something new to discover.


Open Monday - Saturday until 17 Dec 2016

Times: 10.30am - 5pm (4pm Nov - Feb)

Open Sundays July & August, 12 - 4pm


Adult £5* (Buy one day get 12 months FREE)

Joint Gallery & Museum £9* (without donation £8.60)
Friends, Patrons & Benefactors FREE

Young people up to the age of 16 and full-time students over 16 FREE
National Art Pass 50% Discount


Abbot Hall

Tel 01539 722464

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