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Kendal Museum, Kendal

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Kendal Museum is a local museum in Kendal, Cumbria, on the edge of the Lake District in northwest England. It was founded in 1796 and includes collections of local archaeology, history, and geology, and a natural history collection from around the globe. The museum also features a changing programme of temporary exhibitions and displays, events, walks, and talks. The museum has a large natural history taxidermy collection, and features a stuffed polar bear and a model of a dodo.

The museum is open three days a week from Thursday to Saturday, with a charge of £5 (adults) and £2 (5-18's) for admission, with Under 5's going free. The opening hours are 9.30am to 4.45pm with last entry at 4pm.

In April 2011, Kendal Museum achieved the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme assessment, awarded by Visit England.
Kendal Museum is managed by Kendal College on behalf of South Lakeland District Council. and is part of the Arts and Media campus at the North End of Kendal.
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  • I was more than pleasantly surprised by the exhibits and the information that we could gain about the area and history. I would highly recommend a visit to families with primary school children and... 
    I was more than pleasantly surprised by the exhibits and the information that we could gain about the area and history. I would highly recommend a visit to families with primary school children and...  more »
  • Friendly staff. The taxidermy section was very educational as it highlights many conservation issues. 
    Friendly staff. The taxidermy section was very educational as it highlights many conservation issues.  more »
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  • Interesting museum, quite an eceltic mix of exhibits. Then there is the "death musem" - an interesting taxidermy section. A little weird, with heads of animals (from long ago), stuffed and mounted. To modern eyes, rather grotesque - but these animals were killed and stuffed back in the 18th and 19th Century.
  • Fantastic little museum with lots of interesting pieces from a range of subjects. The taxidermy section was brilliant and packed full of information. Definitely something for everyone.

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