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Rotunda William Smith Museum of Geology

Rotunda William Smith Museum of Geology


Rotunda, the William Smith Museums of Geology

The Rotunda is the 2nd oldest purpose-built museum in Britain. Built to the specifications of William Smith - the father of English geology in 1828, the museum has been a focal point for geology and local history enthusiasts ever since.

Following major investments and a two-year re-fit, the museum now encompasses all the interactive technologies demanded of a modern museum. At the same time in the central Rotunda Gallery you will find a remarkable space that explains the Scarborough that existed in Smith's days as well as some of the characters that populated the town at the time.

The first floor Shell Gallery focuses on research and 21st century developments whilst the Dinosaur Coast Gallery offers bright, colourful and family friendly hands on experience of our coastline and its treasures.

After 4,000 years Gristhorpe Man finally breaks his silence. On Monday 2 August Dr Alan Ogden of the Division of Archaeological Sciences at Bradford University will install a facial reconstruction of the famous Gristhorpe Man Bronze Age skeleton found at Gristhorpe in 1834 that actually talks. This is a first for forensic archaeology and will be available only to visitors to the Rotunda Museum in Scarborough.

See website for further details!

Rotunda Museum is featured in our local leaflet 'Art and Heritage Trail - Yorkshire Coast and Countryside' you can view the full leaflet on our website in the 'Brochures' section.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

£3 for a year pass for both the Rotunda Museum and Scarborough Art Gallery

Opening details

Open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 - 17.00 hours (including bank holidays)


Under 18's £3.00 annual pass


Rotunda Museum

01723 353665


Vernon Road,
North Yorkshire,
YO11 2PS



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Map reference: TA 042884  Lat: 54.28063 Long: -0.40105

By road:
Follow signs for Scarborough town centre and then for the Railway Station. With Station on your right facing down towards the town centre, take a right turn at the traffic lights onto Valley Bridge Road and bare left. Turn left at giveway onto Somerset Terrace. At traffic lights go straight on and then at roundabout take third exit onto Vernon Road. Continue down hill. At roundabout take first exit onto Valley Road. The Rotunda is to your left.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Scarborough station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired

£3 for a year pass for both the Rotunda Museum and Scarborough Art Gallery