Penrith and Eden Museum
Penrith and Eden Museum and Penrith Tourist Information Centre (TIC) have now reopened.
The Museum and Tourist Information Centre are open on a Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm.
Visitor numbers allowed into the Museum and TIC at any one time is limited, therefore some queuing may be required.
Enquiries or offers of donations for the Museum should be sent by email to email@example.com or by telephoning 01768 865105. Please note, the museum will not currently be able to take any material without prior agreement and arrangement with the curator.
A brief history of Penrith and Eden Museum
Penrith and Eden Museum is housed in the old Robinson's School building, which was established in 1670 for the education of poor girls. The building continued to be used as a school for three hundred years.
It now houses Penrith and Eden Museum and Penrith Tourist Information Centre (TIC).
Robinson's School building, home to Penrith and Eden Museum, has a long and interesting history dating back to the year 1670 and celebrates its 350th anniversary in 2020.
Explore the Museum Collections
Some of the Museum Collections date from the town's first Museum, founded in 1883. Inside you can explore the archaeology, art, social, cultural and natural history and geology of Penrith and the surrounding area.
On display, for example, from the sandstone of the Eden Valley, a fossil footprint of a creature which lived before the Dinosaurs, objects from the Stone Age and a range of finds from the Roman period including the hoard of Roman coins from Newby, near Shap and a piece of Roman gold jewellery from Brougham.
A gallery is dedicated to exploring the Neolithic age in the Eden valley and a fascinating short film by Aaron Watson 'Stones from the Sky', can be viewed all about Cumbrian Neolithic stone axes.
The medieval seal of Penrith and the old market toll measures are on display. There are also mementos of the Crimean War hero Trooper William Pearson, local wrestling celebrity William Jameson and Percy Toplis the 'Monocled Mutineer.'
Another gallery features the geology of the area, with displays of local minerals and fossils, a 'spar box' and some tools from a local mine.
Some art is displayed including iconic works by the Victorian Penrith painter
Jacob Thompson and other local artists, past and contemporary.
An Accredited Museum
Penrith and Eden Museum's application for renewal of its Accreditation status by Arts Council England (ACE) was successful in 2018. The Accreditation scheme is the national agreed standard for museums and galleries in the UK.
The Museum is now an Arts Award supporter, offering activities that young people can use towards their Arts Award. These include workshops, arts and cultural events which they can review, opportunities to find out about artists and cultural opportunities and a chance to share skill.
Special events and activities
In addition to displaying items of local interest, the museum organises a varied programme of special events and activities throughout the year. There are also 'finds days' where a Portable Antiquities Officer visits the Museum to examine and identify your 'finds.'
'Forget-me-not' is a poignant sculpture designed and fabricated by artist Karen MacDougall as part of the Penrith and Eden Museum project Remembering Eden and is now on display at the Museum. You can read more on her creation and the project in the Penrith and Eden Museum blog.
Learning and Education
The Museum also holds education workshops for local schools and community groups and has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality badge.
The Friends of Penrith and Eden Museum
The Friends of Penrith and Eden Museum are an independent group who meet between September and April and host talks on subjects of local and national interest. They support the Museum, assist in the acquisition of local exhibits and give talks on local history. Visitors are always welcome to meetings.
Plan your visit
Admission to the Museum is FREE.
What visitors say
Visitors to the Museum are from far and wide, with visitors from Europe and beyond including the USA, Canada, South Africa, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. The visitors book has some lovely comments from visitors such as "little gem," "hidden treasure," "what a wonderful surprise," "a lovely little Museum," and "worth a visit."
Read the TripAdvisor reviews.
There is disabled access to all ground floor galleries. The upper floor 'Ages of Eden' geology display can be seen from a ground floor computer kiosk. An illustrated and descriptive printed guide is also available. A hearing induction loop is installed in the galleries.
Contact Penrith and Eden Museum
Robinson's School, Middlegate, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7PT.