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.


We are delighted to welcome visitors back to The Ruskin Museum, however in order to keep our staff and visitors safe we ask that you please follow our Visitor Safety Guidelines.

From the 8th August it will be a mandatory requirement to wear a face covering in the main museum as well as the shop area.

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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