Ground Floor



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The Historical Time Line


The Main gallery on the ground floor is dedicated to a 'Time Line' recording Maryport's  development from a small settlement called Ellenfoot to it's founding as a new harbour and town in the mid eighteenth century. Objects on display record the growth of the town through the nineteenth century to its decline in the early twentieth century.

Virtual Tour and library

The Virtual Tour was installed to make the first floor gallery accessible to those who can not use the stairs. The roaming program displays the four galleries on a large touch screen, and provides information through many red information points.

The small library includes many local resources, many of which are now out of print. There is information on local links for research, together with information on Maryport shipping, shipbuilding yards, ships, captains and crew compiled by our local historian.

There is a collection of publications relating to Maryport and the surrounding area, together with general reference books of general maritime history, including a selection of copies of   Lloyd’s Shipping Register.  

The William Mitchell Room

Born in Donaghadee Co Down, William Mitchell became a recognised maritime artist. He  immigrated to Maryport work on the Maryport – Carlisle Railway as a carriage and train painter. Around 1863 he resigned from the engine works at  Grasslot to become a full time artist. He remained in Maryport working as an artist until his death in 1900.

The William Mitchell Room includes two paintings by Mitchell's eldest son James, who   did not achieve the same recognition as his father.

Displays on this floor

A Breezy Day by William Mitchel

Displays at the Maryport Maritime Museum

How to find us

See Visitor Info for travel details

22 Curzon Street,
CA15 6BY


Opening Times

April to October: Open Tuesday and Thursday to Sunday - 11am - 4.00pm





Free while in our temporary location at

22 Curzon Street, Maryport

Group visits: Advance booking recomended
Harbour tours:  By arrangement
School visits:  By arrangement.


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