About Us

We’re a unique and world-class museum in a famously beautiful location. A working destination, committed to conserving, saving and sharing the internationally important Windermere boat collection. Here we tell the stories behind these boats and actively involve you in the crafts and tradition that built them. Every visit gives you an invaluable insight into a vital part of our national and local history while making you part of life on the lake.

Lakeland Arts is one of the most significant arts and heritage organisations in the North of England with a national and international reputation for the quality of its historic buildings, museum and gallery collections and programming. It has a diverse portfolio of attractions: Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry in Kendal, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House including Windermere Jetty. Abbot Hall and Blackwell are both Grade 1 Listed Buildings.