Keswick Museum has introduced an entry fee of 3p in celebration of its 125th anniversary.
The local museum, based in the Lake District, usually charges £5 for an adult ticket, but is offering the 3p charge on Easter Monday at the rate it would have been the day it opened at its current site in 1898.
This year we are celebrating the 125th anniversary of opening here on the current site in beautiful Fitz Park. To celebrate, admission on 11th April 2023 will be at the 1898 price– just thruppence! What a bargain! pic.twitter.com/EzwVkqc2TB
— Keswick Museum (@KeswickMuseum) March 24, 2023
The museum was founded in 1873 by the Keswick Literary & Scientific Society following the closure of Crosthwaite’s museum in the town three years earlier.
At the end of 1874 it moved into the Moot Hall, remaining there for 23 years until its new home in Fitz Park was built. The building is thought to be the earliest purpose-built museum in Cumbria.
The building and collection was originally owned and managed by Fitz Park Trust and was established in October 1882 and opened to the public in 1898.
The museum and its collection were transferred to the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery Trust in 1995 with Allerdale Borough Council as the sole trustee. Fitz Park Trust still continues to operate separately with Keswick Town Council as sole trustee.