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Museum, £3.25-£6.50

The Beacon

The Beacon


Situated on Whitehaven's historic Georgian harbour, the Beacon Museum traces the social, industrial and maritime heritage of the area, using local characters, audio-visual displays and fascinating museum pieces. From Romans to robots, Vikings raiders to Victorian traders, the collections and displays represent the vibrant history of Copeland. You can also see history merge with the present in our top floor viewing gallery that offers unrivalled views of Whitehaven and the Solway Coast.

Visitors can delve into scientific discovery within the Sellafield Story, a chronological glimpse into how West Cumbria supported the war effort and, afterwards developed the origins of our Nuclear Industry. The exciting exhibition charts, warts and all, how that early weapons programme grew into a nuclear industry which has supported Cumbria’s economy for the past 60 years, and looks at what the future might be for energy.

The museum also punches above its weight in terms of offering a wide variety of temporary exhibitions. For 2018, you will see local history, top quality art, and fun interactive content for all the family, all housed within two state of the art galleries.

Also don't miss the gift shop, which stocks a whole range of locally sourced gifts. We also have the family-run Wellington Bistro and Café on our ground floor.

New for 2017- The Beacon Portal. West Cumbria’s newest venue for schools, business and personal hire.


Admission Rates (as of January 2019)

Adult £6.50
Concession £5.25
Child £3.25
Family £16.50 (2 + 2)
Annual Pass £17.50*

*Annual pass allows an adult & 1 child for 12 months, entry inclusive of all feature exhibitions.

The annual membership pass offers unlimited entry time and time again for a full 12 months.
Becomes a member of our Beacon family, we'd love to have you join us.

Annual pass per additional child £7

Concession annual pass £13.50

(Terms and conditions: Includes entry to current exhibitions. Excludes workshop events. A child is 16 years and under.)


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Groups by appointment preferred.

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 29 Jun - Sun 29 Sep Discover the Vikings


West Strand,
CA28 7LY


Plan route to The Beacon Museum using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NX 968183  Lat: 54.54938 Long: -3.59698

A595 follow signs for Whitehaven town centre and the brown museum signs. Situated on south of harbour.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Whitehaven station

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