The Dock Museum Barrow-in-Furness

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With the vast amount of water around the Lake District it is no wonder that the town of Barrow-in-Furness is largely influenced by the shipbuilding industry. One place that emphasizes this is the Dock Museum. Built 1907, this museum houses a wide collection of artifacts that document the development of the town and its history. Of course a large collection of maritime artifacts are also part of the collection including four small boats. Together with the usual collection, the Dock Museum also houses other exhibits. The largest part of is situated in an actual dry dock, giving rise to the name of the museum.

The museum itself is fully equipped with a wide range of facilities to make any visit more comfortable. Free parking is available for three hours. Disabled parking is also available together with access throughout the site for those with special needs. A hearing loop, Braille, large print and wheelchairs are all provided onsite. Special arrangements may also be made in via phone for guest with special needs visiting.  A playground and diaper changing area makes this a child friendly museum as well. There’s no forgetting about food and refreshments as well. The Bridge Coffee Shop offers a range of both hot and cold meals as well as homemade cakes, pastries, teas and coffee.

Located on the North Road, it is easy to find and offers a whole lot of other attractions to guests. Outside visitors can rest and relax at the landscaped site. A stroll through the Channelside walks will lead to the Crumbia Coastal Way. Large groups looking to hold conferences or meetings may also do so at the Dock Museum. The Resource Center has a maximum seating capacity of 70 people and can be fixed theatre style, classroom style or conference style. Rental fees range from £85 for a full day’s use to £5 for the use of flipcharts.

Visitors coming to this museum will be pleased to know that there is no admission fee. The museum is opened from 10 am to 5 pm from Tuesdays to Fridays and 11 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays during Easter to October. From November to Easter it is opened from 10:30 am to 4 pm from Wednesday to Friday and 11 am to 4:40 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. To get more information about the Dock Museum check out the website at http://www.dockmuseum.org.uk/