The Ruskin Museum, Coniston, Cumbria

The Ruskin Museum

Telling the Story of Coniston Since 1901

Tel: 01539 441164


"The most thought-provoking in the Lakes" - The Rough Guide to the Lake District.

Coniston is a prime example of a place where nature and history, environment and man meet in a topographical dimension and together generate culture. Coniston’s Cabinet of Curiosities feature: a Lake and a Mountain, a Prophet for the Millennium, a real Boy’s Own Hero and Swallows and Amazons. The Ruskin Museum exists to enable you to explore and experience at first hand its literary and cultural heritage collections of national importance and international significance, for inspiration, learning, enjoyment and delight.


It is with much sadness that following the Government’s announcement on the 20th March The Ruskin Museum is now closed to the public.

Message from our Trustees

"We shall reopen as soon as we responsibly can. In the meantime, we shall be considering how we can serve the community in other ways. We are very conscious that the stronger the measures which we all take now, the sooner we can hope to return to what may be a new normality. We must not unnecessarily add to the burdens on the NHS or the risk to key workers on whom we all rely. Stay well not only for your own sake, but also for that of others."

We are still available for enquiries by phone and email and where possible will respond in a timely fashion.
Follow us on social media where we hope to be able to bring the museum to you while sadly you are unable to come to us.

Help Us Secure Bluebird's Return to Coniston

As trustees of the Coniston Institute and Ruskin Museum we have a legal duty to protect, preserve and defend our assets. It has unfortunately become necessary to seek legal advice regarding the most appropriate way to do this.

All donations will go towards supporting our obligations as trustees, this will include legal advice with a view to securing a mediated outcome, and the logistics of planning the successful, and long awaited return of Bluebird K7 to Coniston. We are committed to see Bluebird K7 on Coniston Water again, its spiritual home.

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