Armitt Museum & Library
Cumbria LA22 9BL
The Armitt is an extraordinary combination of Museum/Gallery/Library and quite unique. It is an Ambleside ‘hidden treasure’ and well worth visiting.
Designed and purpose-built to house the Collection, the building is on Rydal Road opposite the car park. The story of over 2,000 years of Lake District local history and many famous Lakeland identities is told through personal possessions and interactive technology.
For example, the landscape photographs of Herbert Bell are superimposed on a birds-eye view of the Lakes, and when you touch the picture you are interested in you are transported over the Lake District to the place where it was taken.
The Armitt Library was founded in accordance with the 19th century will of Mary Louise Armitt and the wishes of her two sisters, to create a collection of books, manuscripts, water-colours, archaeological remains, geological specimens and assorted paraphernalia. William Wordsworth, Canon Rawnsley and John Rusk were intimately involved in bringing their wishes to reality.
In 1934 Bearix Potter started giving many of her natural history watercolour studies to the Library and in 1943 bequeathed her collection of over 450 fungi, microscopic, natural history and archaeology watercolours to The Armitt library. An area in the Museum is devoted to her with her desk displayed just as she would have used it to paint her water-colour pictures, and the surrounding walls exhibit for the first time some of her natural history water-colours.
Opening Times & Admission Costs
The Museum has seasonal opening days & times. Go to the Museum Website for admission times & costs at Web: Armitt Museum & Library/ Where are we/ opening times & costs
Staff operated lift gives stair free access to first floor Library & toilet
Gift Shop specialising in second hand books.
The Museum Shop sells a diverse range of Made in Cumbria gifts as well as objects inspired by the Collection’s artefacts, books (both modern and antiquarian), photographs, prints, greeting cards and stationery.
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Contact & Further Information
+44 (0) 1539 431212
- Public Transport
All on the Museum website, it has excellent information at Web: ‘Armitt - Where are we’
Google Maps - The Armitt