Once Upon A Planet

The story of our planet is at a crucial chapter. This brand-new exhibition uses Tullie House’s nationally significant Natural Science collections to explore the impact of climate change on the animals, plants and habitats around us. Creativity and science collide to make an exciting, fun and hopeful exhibition for families and young people. Discover the state of the world around us and consider how we can help make it better.

Once Upon A Planet will feature new displays of the collections, developed in conversation with our Young Advisors, Sustainable Carlisle, Natural England and the Heathlands Trust. These fun and interactive displays will showcase the amazing diversity of life in Cumbria, engage the next generation in nature and inspire a love for the planet. The exhibition will also feature a unique commission by Blank Wall Assassins artist Angry Dan, and Genetic Moo’s interactive digital ‘creatures’, Microworlds.

The exhibition is part of a two-year initiative funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, run by the Museums Association.

The exhibition is accompanied by a jam-packed events and activities programme. 

You can see the full list of Once Upon A Planet activities and events here


Adult: Included with general admission. Adults included with general admission. Kids and under-18s go free.


On: 25 th June 2022, 10:00 am Until: 10 th September 2022, 4:00 pm


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