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Whitby Museum

Whitby Museum


Whitby Museum is an independent Museum founded in 1823 and run by Whitby Literary & Philosophical Society. The main hall retains the atmosphere of a Victorian/Edwardian Museum and has sometimes been called a 'Museum within a Museum'. It is also remarkable for the variety of its collections.

Explore an amazing collection of local fossils, natural history, model ships, carved jet, toys, costumes and social history. There are relics of the Scoresbys - famous whalers - and Captain Cook. Ships captains of the past brought back to the Museum unusual things from all the seven seas.

The Library and Archives:
Contains books and other resources on the history of the Whitby area. Members of the public are welcome Tuesdays to Fridays 10am to 1pm. The library is closed throughout January.

The fossil collection with the wall mounted saurians and the jet collection are of international importance. Other very important collections are the Samplers, Ethnography, Ship Models and the Scoresby (2 whaling captains). If you are interested in natural history, James Cook, archaeology, ceramics, paintings, bygones, Whitby Abbey, toys and dolls or militaria you are bound to find something of interest. Whitby Museum is the home of the 'Hand of Glory' and the 'Tempest Prognosticator'.

The Society also runs a library, an archives and lectures. A new wing has been recently added to the Museum and contains temporary exhibitions and costume galleries as well as displays on ship building, herbaria and the Growth of Whitby.

Whitby 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 facilitiesCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

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

Opening details

Open throughout the year except for Christmas and New Year Holidays. Mondays Closed all day except Bank Holiday when open normal times. Tuesday - Sunday 09.30 - 16.30. Last admission at 16.00.


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


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • 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 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

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)
  • 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.