The Beacon Museum and Harbour
© Image Courtesy of Brian Sherwen
- The Beacon Museum, situated on Whitehaven’s beautiful Georgian harbourside, tells the story of the rich history of this fascinating corner of the Western Lake District. There is a fantastic interactive exhibition which tells the story of the nuclear industry in West Cumbria, past, present and future. Beginning at the top of the museum, visitors can expect to enjoy the best view in town in our viewing gallery, looking out across the Solway. That floor also features an interactive POP Gallery exploring leisure and culture in 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Downstairs the story of West Cumbria begins with the hands-on history of the area from Norse Settlers to twentieth century industries. Our second floor exhibition tells the story of how West Cumbria supported the war effort and, afterwards, how new technology was pioneered right here to give the UK a nuclear deterrent. The exciting, interactive new 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. Whatever your age, The Beacon Museum is a great place to learn and have fun. After your visit, be sure to take a look in our gift shop before relaxing in The Wellington Bistro for lunch or a cuppa. 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. With rotating exhibitions in our Harbour Gallery and events scheduled throughout the year and school holidays, it’s the perfect time to visit The Beacon.