The Beacon Museum

What will students see and do?

The Beacon Museum aims to illustrate the history and development of the Copeland Region by collecting, preserving, displaying and interpreting artefacts, maps, pictures and other relevant material.

It offers an interactive experience for all, as visitors can absorb themselves in the amazing views through the viewing gallery’s powerful telescopes; present their very own weather forecast in the Weather Zone; explore the lighthouse-style building to discover local history through interactive touchscreens, sights, sounds and smells; try their hand at making a digital Iron Age sword; join the crew aboard the Maria Lowther Ship; and more.

Some of the site’s interactive galleries and exhibitions include:

• The Pop Culture Gallery: Take a trip back to the not-too-distant past, discover toys and ride a Chopper bike.

• Viewing Gallery: Use the telescopes, object displays and helpful digital interactives to find out about the town and harbour of Whitehaven, including its development and geology.

• Copeland’s Changing Times: Discover how Copeland evolved through time and how Whitehaven developed from a small fishing hamlet to one of the most important ports in the country, led by the Lowther family.

• The Sellafield Story: Discover the story of how West Cumbria supported the war effort and, afterwards, how new technology was pioneered to give the United Kingdom a nuclear deterrent.

Teaching resources provided

The Beacon Museum has put together a range of documents and resources to keep your students engaged and entertained at school and at home. These include archived documents from the local town, including maps of the old harbour and Ale laws. There is also a selection of fun quizzes linked with the displays on floors two and three.

Minimum and maximum group size

The Beacon Museum recommends that you have a minimum of one adult for every ten children. For sessions in the activity room, you must have one adult for every eight children aged eight years and over, and one adult for every six children under eight years old.

Details of risk assessment

The Beacon Museum’s health and safety information is available to download from the website – it includes the most recent risk assessment for the activity room and some basic codes of conduct while using the facilities.


Don't miss our downloadable A-Z guide on completing a risk assessment

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Facilities On-Site

As well as the museum, there is a gift shop selling a range of unique gifts that continue the story and themes of your museum visit. There is also a cafe on-site. There are also wheelchair-accessible toilets.

Opening Times

Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-4.30pm
Sunday: 11am-4pm



Adult: £7
Child: £3.50

Travel arrangements

The Beacon Museum can be accessed via coach, bus or train. The nearest train station is Whitehaven, a 15-minute walk away. Get in contact if you would like any help or advice.


The Beacon Museum, West Strand, Whitehaven, Cumbria
CA28 7LY

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