The museum is interesting but over priced for what it is.Perhaps the boat Jumping Jenny could be moved here from Brantwood.
A worthwhile morning looking around house and extensive gardens. John Ruskins collection of fossils and shells and his meticulous drawings of same were my favourites. Good cafe.
Nice house and very pretty gardens. Learnt a great deal about the life and works of John Rankin a very important man in our social history. Worth the entrance fee and interesting tiles in the toilets are a quirky feature of this property.
A lovely museum, but I only went for the Bluebird exhibition with Donald Campbell. Superb, and quite moving. Will be amazing when they have the K7. Will definitely be back.
This museum was a huge surprise to me. It had something for everyone - geology of the area, mining history, climbing history, Ruskin, Ruskin lace, Donald Campbell and Bluebird, and John Usher - the local man who made gorgeous minature houses. The Campbell exhibition is must -even for those who are not speed enthusiasts.
Mix of local history, Donald Campbell and John Ruskin. Major contributors to shape British history. give at least an hour to visit and get a good feel for the exhibits. Also had a local artist exhibiting. I went on a rainy day and it was a very apt choice.
Looks nothing from the outside, but on the inside the whole story of the village and lake of coniston, the normal contents are to be found there, but if you delve a little further into the building you will come across the bluebird display, the story of Malcolm and Donald Campbell, quite haunting film display
This little museum is a jewel. Not only does it contain displays covering Ruskin's life and work but houses an excellent section ( recently purpose built) on Donald Campbell and his Bluebird, Add to this an interesting section on Arthur Ransome and a good peek at Ruskin lace you have a good 2 to 3 hours of absorbing interest.
If you are not a Coniston history geek then you may be disappointed as much of the exhibition is not very interesting. The rock climbing section is good. The Ruskin material is rather boring to be frank! There is a great display of Donald Campbell/Bluebird exhibits and information which we found fascinating and made the visit to the museum worthwhile.... More
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