The COVID-19 Collection

Tullie House Museum has collected the history of Carlisle and Cumbria for over 125 years. Our collections tell the stories of the people who have lived, loved, worked and died here. We collect to remember what has happened, so that we learn from our past and use it to inform our future.

To find out how to get involved and collect material relating to the COVID-19 crisis click here


Tullie House has three permanent galleries and two temporary spaces that host a programme of changing exhibitions throughout the year. All galleries and exhibitions are included with your general admission ticket.

An average visit takes about 3 hours.

To find out more and familiarise yourself with the galleries at Tullie House click here


We care for objects that represent the people, places and stories of the Carlisle District and Northern Cumbria, along with some that come from further afield. Our collections include art, natural sciences and human history.

To find out more about the collection at Tullie House click here

Online Entertainment and Audio Guides

Our digital resources give more information about some of our collections and displays. If you're looking for some quick entertainment, try our different online puzzles and activities.

Collection jigsaws

Visual and word puzzles

Audio guides and podcasts

Tullie Treasure

The Tullie Treasure specially-commissioned films shows what staff and volunteers really like about the museum. The three films show funny, touching or real-life stories told by 30 staff and volunteers.

To view the Tullie Treasure films click here

Other stories you may also find interesting:

  • 'The Spirit of the Cracker Packers' which brings together images, oral histories and documents revealing stories past and present, that tell us about what life was really like inside the factory.

  • 'Queer Museum Trail' - We've taken another look at the museum’s collections on display and considered them from a gay perspective.