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 and the first Sunday afternoon of each month 2pm-4pm.
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.
|Season Dates||Opening Hours|
|Thu 1 Jan 2009 - Thu 31 Dec 2020||Tue - Sun 09:30 to 16:30|
|Notes||Open throughout the year except for Christmas and New Year Holidays. Mondays Closed all day except Bank Holiday & Half-Term Holidays when open normal times. Tuesday - Sunday 09.30 - 16.30. Last admission at 16.00.|
Pannet Park, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1RE
Map reference: NZ 894108 Lat: 54.48468 Long: -0.62156
Parking : with charge
Accessible by Public Transport : Whitby station
Pannett Park Art Gallery & Whitby Museum
Whitby Pannett Art Gallery
Literary and Philosophical Society
Exhibition in Museum - The Makers of Whitby Museum
The Jurassic Garden
|Sat 1 Jun 2013||An Exhibition of Prints|
|Fri 21 Jun 2013 - Sat 30 Nov 2013||The Fungi|
|Sat 22 Jun 2013||One hundread years of the Whitby Naturalist's Club|
|Sat 22 Jun 2013||Whitby Naturalists' Centenary Bioblitz|
|Mon 11 Nov 2013||Remembrance Day Service.|
|Sat 23 Nov 2013||Symposium|
|Tue 11 Nov 2014||Remembrance Day Service.|
tarmac and brick
dogs not allowed within park, except assistance
Our displays are at all heights
The cafe sometimes has coeliac-suitable cakes