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image for Exhibition item typeWhitby and the Cosmos: The Search for Dark Matter at Whitby Museum

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Exhibition, Sat 16 Feb - Sat 20 Jul 2019, £3.50-£5

Whitby Museum

Whitby Museum


This exciting exhibition has been sponsored by the Royal Society and explores the area’s importance in our understanding of the universe.

Captain Cook’s 1768 voyage, also sponsored by The Royal Society, mapped the transit of Venus. This enabled astronomers to calculate the distance between the earth and other planets for the first time.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is the ZEPLIN III dark matter detector. This stunning machine was used at Boulby Underground Laboratory until recently and has been donated to Whitby Museum by Imperial College, London. Boulby Underground Laboratory lies 1km under the earth’s surface and provides the ideal environment for research into dark matter away from outside radiation sources.

Find out how you can get involved in astronomy via Whitby Astronomical Society or the Dark Skies Festival. The North York Moors and Coast are a designated dark Skies discovery site and provide the ideal environment for stargazing away from population and light pollution.

Be inspired and find out more at Whitby Museum until 20th July.

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

Children welcomeDisabled access

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Dates Times
Sat 16 Feb - Sat 20 Jul 2019 09:30 to 16:30

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Sat 16 Feb - Sat 20 Jul Whitby and the Cosmos: The Search for Dark Matter


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

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.