YOU CAN NOW BOOK YOUR ADMISSION TICKETS ONLINE HERE
The Armitt is a unique combination of museum, library, and gallery devoted to preserving and sharing the cultural heritage of the Lake District, situated in arguably the most picturesque village in the Lake District, Ambleside.
We have remarkable collections of objects, artworks, and books. We invite you to delve into the interesting Lakeland world and hope you leave feeling inspired to come back again.
Our current exhibitions are:
Beatrix Potter: More than just storytelling – there was so much more to Beatrix Potter than just her creation of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-duck and Mrs Tiggywinkle. The Armitt shares the stories of a passionate environmentalist and keen farmer, as well as displaying some of her amazing fungi watercolours.
Visions of Land – a brand new exhibition showcasing a number of artworks from The Armitt’s collection that have never been shown before. The display encourages the visitor to think about the land as an expression of its people, what they thought important, and how we see, think, and feel about it today.
Rawnsley: Defender of the Lakes – a new exhibition focusing on the life and work of Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley and his dedication to protecting and preserving the Lake District. A benefactor, patron, donor, and sponsor, he was a true pioneer. The exhibition features items from the Keswick School of Industrial Art that Rawnsley founded with his wife in 1884.
OPENING TIMES & ADMISSIONS
OPEN EVERY THURSDAY – SUNDAY 10AM – 5PM
INCLUDING BANK HOLIDAYS
UNTIL THE END OF OCTOBER 2021
Adults £6 including gift aid
Children (under 16) Free
and Art Fund Members Free
Admission tickets can now be booked in advance online HERE
If you would like to make a donation to the Armitt – please use the donation button below
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Family Art Workshops: This summer we are running weekly family art workshops, so come along and unleash your creativity! Every Wednesday from 28 July-25 August, we have local artists helping you to get hands-on with art and culture. From printmaking, to stencilling your own Armitt-themed tote bag, you can learn lots of different ways to get involved as a family! All tickets must be booked in advance.
Book tickets by clicking HERE
Children’s Trails: We also have children’s trails throughout the museum during the summer holidays that you can pick up at our visitor reception. Enjoy, find, and learn as you explore through our exhibitions!
Behind the scenes at The Armitt : Discover hidden treasures in our archive in these special ‘Behind the Scenes’ events. In our new Friday evening series, we will explore different collections on topics including Beatrix Potter, Kurt Schwitters, Charlotte Mason, and the Ambleside Roman Fort. Attendees can delve into our museum stores and see our most treasured artefacts – you might even handle some yourself! Starting from Friday 20 August running through to Friday 29 October. Tickets must be booked in advance and there are limited spaces, so book now! Book tickets by clicking HERE
KEEPING YOU SAFE
The Armitt continues to take every reasonable step to ensure you can have a safe and enjoyable visit to the museum.
We are still displaying the NHS track and trace poster or asking for your details on entry, have counter screens and sanitiser at the visitor reception for staff, volunteer, and visitor comfort, and the one-way route is remaining in place.
We would like to ask everyone (unless exempt) to be respectful and wear a mask around the museum. Our staff and volunteers will continue to do so when not behind a screen or working at a desk. Please also maintain social distancing with anyone not within your group and do not attend if you have COVID symptoms, or have come into contact with anyone who has had symptoms of COVID in the last 14 days.
WHERE ARE WE?
From the south, leave the M6 at junction 36 and follow the signs for Kendal, Windermere and Ambleside. Travel into Ambleside, following the A591; pass the Bridge House, cross the mini-roundabout, then take the first right turn signposted University of Cumbria Ambleside Campus.
From the north, leave the M6 at Junction 40 and follow the A66 west towards Keswick. Just before Keswick, turn off on the A591 towards Ambleside and Windermere. Follow the A591 past Grasmere and into Ambleside, past Green Bank Road. Take the left turn sign-posted University of Cumbria Ambleside Campus just before the mini-roundabout.
There is a South Lakeland District Council pay and display car park on Rydal Road, just across the road from the Armitt. There is also pay and display parking on the University of Cumbria Ambleside Campus.
The nearest train station is Windermere. There are regular buses between Windermere and Ambleside, including the 555 and the 599. The 555 route between Keswick and Lancaster travels via Ambleside.
Bus timetable information is available here.
The stair-lift is currently out of action but we are working on getting this going again as soon as possible.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
The Museum has accessible toilet facilities and a gift shop that sells a range of souvenir items and mementoes.
We support the ‘Kids in Museums’ Manifesto and welcome families in the museum and library.
FRIENDS OF THE ARMITT
We, the Friends, exist to support the Armitt Collection and encourage research and general interest in the English Lake District.
Amongst the many ways we help are by:
assisting in the purchase of additions to the collection; sponsoring specific projects by the Trust; providing a forum and interest group for the many volunteers who put so much time into the Trust; and helping to publicise the Armitt.
Friends benefit from:
FREE ENTRY to the Museum and Library; invitations to attend special Friends’ events including private views, visits to places of interest and social events; the chance to meet like-minded people who share an enthusiasm for ensuring this unique collection flourishes into the future.
The Friends of the Armitt is a charity.
Join us today!
The Membership Secretary,
c/o The Armitt
Tel.015394 47939 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please get in touch with any questions or queries by using this form or call us on 015394 31212