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Whitby Museum

Whitby Museum

Businesses across the Yorkshire Coast are looking forward to welcoming you back.

Please check the individual website for reopening dates, opening times and booking details.

We recommend you follow current public health advice and maintain social distancing.


Whitby Museum is Whitby’s treasure trove!

Here you can explore stunning collections of local fossils, natural history, model ships, carved jet, toys, costumes & social history. In fact there’s something for everyone!

The Museum was founded almost 200 years ago by the Whitby Literary & Philosophical Society, a registered charity, which still runs the Museum today and rely on the dedicated work of its’ volunteers to help upkeep this stunning collection.

Our collection of over 80,000 artefacts, donated over 2 centuries is of local, national & international interest. As well as our permanent collection we have special exhibitions:- Our exhibition room has a changing programme of stunning exhibitions; recent exhibitions have included “Whitby and the Cosmos: The Search for Dark Matter” and "Chronicle of Curiosities" modern art and ceramics inspired by our collection. The costume gallery has a new exhibition each year to highlight differing aspects of the collection; recent exhibitions have included “Piers, Promenades and Picnics”; “From Fancy Shoes to Fishermens Boots: Footwear Through the Ages” and “The Cost of Fashion: The Impact that the Fashion Industry has had on our Environment”.

Children will be fascinated by the massive wall mounted marine reptile fossils & everyone is sure to want to see the gruesome Hand of Glory!

As you wander around our exhibits discover how leeches helped predict the weather in Victorian times & marvel over the intricate hand carved jet models & jewellery.

Find out about Whitby’s maritime past from the adventurous Captain Cook to the famous Scoresby whaling family.

Did you know that mammoths & rhinoceros wandered these parts during the Ice Age?
Take a look at the Kirkdale Cave exhibit to find out more.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Please note that due to the COVID-19 crisis our onsite tea room will be closed until further notice.

Opening details

: **To avoid disappointment, for current opening times, prices and any new admission policies, please visit the business website which may contain new information.**

Open Tuesday - Sunday 09.30 - 16.30. throughout the year except for a short closure in winter (see website for details). Mondays Closed all day. Last admission at 16.00.
Consult website for any variations


Adults £5.00
Student (on production of an NUS card) £3.50
Children (under 16 years old) Free
School Parties £5.00 per accompanying adult
Children - free
Groups (Ten or more) £3.50 per person Whitby Residents Free (proof of identity required)
Museum Association Free (proof of membership required)
Art Fund Members Free (proof of membership required)
Yorkshire Museums Volunteer Pass Free (proof of membership required)

Please note that all paying customers now receive an annual admission pass!


Pannett Park,
North Yorkshire,
YO21 1RE



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Map reference: NZ 894108  Lat: 54.48542 Long: -0.62133

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  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Please note that due to the COVID-19 crisis our onsite tea room will be closed until further notice.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu


The level access entrance is to the rear of the building where there is a car park offering 4 disabled spaces. No other public parking available on site.