Ruskin Museum

(See also John Ruskin and Coniston)

Ruskin Museum exterior courtesy of Ruskin MuseumThe Ruskin Museum pays tribute to Coniston's most famous resident, John Ruskin, a poet/artist/writer/social reformer, who lived at ‘Brantwood’ on the shores of Coniston Water from 1872 to 1900. There is a collection of Ruskin's original paintings and prints and special folders of additional information on Ruskin available in the gallery.

Ruskin bust courtesy of Ruskin MuseumIn the museum is a portrait of Ruskin, a chronology of his life, and memorabilia of his early life. Another section holds Ruskin's collection of minerals. A separate section is devoted to W.G. Collingwood and his art.

The Coniston gallery displays a large amount of information on the town's pre-history, history, geology, the local coppermines, farming, and the linen and lace industry.

Ruskin Museum Coniston Gallery courtesy of Ruskin MuseumOn the grounds is a miniature model of Coniston village and a drystone wall that illustrates various building techniques. In 2002 there is a special exhibition ‘Ruskin, Switzerland and the Alps’.

The Ruskin Museum
Yewdale Road
LA21 8DU
Tel. 015394 41164
Fax. 015394 41132
Open: mid Nov-mid March, Wed-Sun, 10.30am-3.30pm; March-mid Nov, daily, 10am-5.30pm.
Ruskin display case courtesy of Ruskin MuseumMuseum shop.

Note: Please check opening times and dates before visiting in case of changes.

Photos courtesy of Ruskin Museum

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