Armitt Museum and Library

Cumbria, LA22 9BL

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The Armitt Collection celebrates over 2,000 years of Lake District heritage.

Founded in 1912 the Armitt is a combination of gallery, museum and library, entirely devoted to exploring the rich history of the local area.

The Armitt's collection is both eclectic and eccentric; an early 19th century articulated wooden leg from Elfehowe, a Roman copper alloy bell and a lace cap belonging to Dorothy Wordsworth were among the early acquisitions.

Key pieces by former local residents include Ruskin's letters addressed to Dr. Parsons, Beatrix Potter’s watercolours of fungi, mosses and lichens and artworks by Kurt Schwitters, who spent his final years living and working in Cumbria.

Venue information

Opening times

Mon - Sat, 10am - 5pm (last admission 4.30pm)

Closed over Christmas holidays

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)