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


Tullie House has extensive and important art collection including Fine Art, Decorative Art, and Costume and Textiles.

Our main priorities are:

  • To maintain, record and interpret special collections of fine and decorative art of national importance.
  • To record and interpret artistic activity in Carlisle and northern Cumbria from the eighteenth century onwards.
  • To collect leading contemporary artists and makers working in Carlisle and Cumbria.
  • To record and interpret decorative art and textiles made in, used or associated with Carlisle and northern Cumbria from the eighteenth century onwards.

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

We've Always Been Here

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

Click the link to read these stories or open on your smartphone or tablet while you're in the gallery to take the trail.

Take me to the trail


The human history collections at Tullie House record and interpret the lives and activities of the people who have lived in northern Cumbria over the last 10,000 years. The collection includes objects, ephemera (printed material), photographs and associated information files.

The collection is divided into Archaeology, containing excavated finds from prehistoric to medieval times, including roman and viking finds. Later history artefacts are held in the Local History collection, including local industry and agriculture, the Border Reivers and State Management.

To discover more about Tullie House's history collections click here


Tullie House Museum collects and preserves objects and information concerning the wildlife and geology of Cumbria. The museum holds large and important collections of zoological, botanical and geological material. The nature collection holds the smallest and largest items in the museum, from microscopic insect specimens to a partial Fin whale skeleton.

Tullie House Museum also maintains a local biological records database with over 200,000 records of wildlife sightings in Cumbria.

To find out more about the nature collections at Tullie House click here

The Spirit of the Cracker Packers

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

To discover the story of the Cracker Packers click here

Tullie Treasure

The Tullie Treasure film shows what Tullie House staff and volunteers really like about the museum in a series of specially-commissioned films. The three films ‘Memories’, ‘Histories’ and ‘Reflections’ show funny, touching or real-life stories told by 30 staff and volunteers.

Each film includes a diverse range of often untold stories about familiar objects and places in the museum.  We are told the story of one staff member’s ghostly encounter in the lecture theatre.  Why the railway carriage holds such special memories for another and how a curator started his career at Tullie House very early!

To find out more and view the Tullie Treasure films click here

THe Collection

THe Collection is a website designed to provide access to some of the wonderful, interesting and dynamic objects from Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.

Click here to explore THe Collection