Keswick Museum to re-open after £2 million revamp

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery is due to re-open after a two year, £2 million revamp. The museum has been open since 1898 and the Art Gallery was added in 1905. The renovation has brought facilities up to date.

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An old museum with something new

A few years ago it was threatened with closure, now it's about to open its doors again after a £2 million, two year revamp.

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery is hoping to attract thousands of visitors every year.

Hannah McNulty has been to see what's new at one of the Lake Districts oldest museums.

Museum set to be self-sufficient by 2016

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery is opening this weekend after it was closed for two years to undergo a £2 million revamp.

The museum is going to start charging visitors again, as it has done in the past. Adults will pay £3.75 for entry and under 5s will be free. It must be self-sufficient by 2016.

"We're projecting about about 15,000 visitors, paying visitors. In the past when it was free we could get more but we have to earn our living now, we won't be subsidised so every penny counts"

– Tricia Kerr, Chair of Keswick Museum and Art Gallery


Keswick Museum & Art Gallery exhibits new facelift

The new entrance has been updated Credit: ITV Border

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery is re-opening this week after a £2 million revamp.

It's been closed for nearly two years for the work to be carried out. There's a new entrance, extension and new and renovated displays.

The museum will be open to the public this weekend Credit: ITV Border

The museum was originally opened in 1898 and the art gallery was added in 1905. The new refurbishment has up dated and enhanced facilities.

There are new permanent and temporary exhibitions Credit: ITV Border

More than £1.75 million of funding has been awarded by The Heritage Lottery Fund.

Allerdale Borough Council, Cumbria Fells and Dales Local Action Group, and many other local organisations also pledged money towards the funding for the project.

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