image for Museum item typeWhitby Museum at Pannett Park Art Gallery & Whitby Museum

  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Museum, next open Wed 9 Apr - Tue 23 Dec 2014, £4-£5

Pannett Park

Pannett Park

Exhibition poster

Exhibition poster

Exhibition poster


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.

For further details see

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessGift shopPicnic siteAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Wed 9 Apr - Tue 23 Dec 2014 Tue - Sun 09:30 to 16:30
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.


Adults £5.00
Concessions (Senior Citizens 60+) £4.00
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)


See location of Pannett Park Art Gallery and Whitby Museum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: NZ 894108  Lat: 54.48468 Long: -0.62156

By road:
Follow signs for Whitby town centre and then follow signs for Pannett Park.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Whitby station


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired

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 grass
  • tarmac and brick

  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • 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
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesService dogs are NOT allowed:
  • dogs not allowed within park, except assistance

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 6
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu


  • Our displays are at all heights The cafe sometimes has coeliac-suitable cakes

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