Ruskin Museum
Coniston, Cumbria.
"The most thought-provoking in the Lakes"
(Source: The Rough Guide to The Lake District)



There has been a Ruskin Museum in Coniston since 1901, when W.G. Collingwood, a local artist and antiquarian who had been Ruskin's secretary, set it up both as a memorial to Ruskin and a celebration of the area's heritage. Therefore, although the museum has a Ruskin collection, there are also exhibits relating to the coppermines, slate, geology, lace, farming and Donald Campbell.
The museum was extended  in 1999 with the help of a Heritage Lottery grant; additional building with modern design-work, computer displays, and hands-on exhibits have transformed the look of the two galleries. 

Inspiring as well as educational, the museum has additional folders of information to complement the collection.

Latest Additions


Bluebirds K7's Orpheus Engine is now displaying at the museum,

along with Arthur Ransome's boat 'Mavis' (Amazon).

'NEW BLUEBIRD WING' - extension to The Ruskin Museum,


expected return of Bluebird K7 in late 2011 /early 2012



Page Links

Who Was Ruskin

The Ruskin Gallery

The Coniston Gallery

Linen and Lace

John Usher Village

Outside the Museum

Herdwick Sheep

Donald Campbell

Coniston Geology

Coniston Coppermines

Museum Guided Walks

Dry Stone Wall

Bluebird Statement

Museum Shop/Sales


Links to other Sites 

Ruskin Museum
Coniston, Cumbria,
LA21 8DU
Telephone number 015394 41164



Summer Opening 2011/12
Saturday 5 March 2011 - Sunday 13 November 2011
Daily 10.00am - 5.30pm
Please note: Closed - Friday 29 April 2011

Winter Opening 2011/12
Wednesday 16 November 2011 - Friday 16 March 2012
Reduced hours
Wednesday to Sunday inclusive 10.30am - 3.30pm

Saturday 17 March 2012: Daily 10.00am until 5.30pm

(Last entry 45 mins before closing)
An average visit takes about 1 hour so please leave yourself plenty of time to look around

Adults £5.25 Child £2.50 Family £14.00

(2 adults + 2 or 3 children)

(no charge for children under 5 years)

Group rates available

Discount vouchers available for Steam Yacht Gondola, Coniston Launch, and Brantwood,

Party rates available please phone museum for details.

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