fossil exhibit at the Whitby Museum

Whitby Museum

Have you ever visited the Whitby Museum while you’ve been visiting the town? It’s full of incredible finds and collections that help piece together the history of our quirky coastal home. We think it’s a must do when you’re in the area!

What will you see?

The collections at the Whitby Museum are extensive and full of unique artefacts. As you wander the museum, you’ll find out all about the unique geology along the Yorkshire coast that gives us the fossils and beautiful jet that our town is known for.

You’ll also learn all about our maritime heritage, including our whaling history and of course, there’s lots of detail about Captain Cook and the important discoveries made from Whitby’s harbour. Animal lovers will also get fascinating insights into the creatures that call Whitby town and our seas home.

family looking at collections in the Whitby MuseumImage credits: Whitby Museum and Ceri Oakes Photography

For those interested in human and social developments in Whitby, you’ll enjoy the social history, textile and fine art exhibits. Look at historic clocks, coins, toys and dolls, costumes, paintings as well as weapons and militaria.

As if that all weren’t enough to inspire a visit, there are also some very special collections in the museum. You can see the famous hand of glory, their leech collection, a tempest prognosticator and the hidden collections of maps, photographs, pressed flowers, artefacts from the abbey, and the incredible Ripley cabinet.

Visit the Whitby Museum

You can visit the Whitby Museum all year round, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. They’re not open on Mondays, and close briefly over the Christmas period. Please check their website for up to date opening times, as they may be running reduced opening due to COVID-19. 

If you have a particular research field and would like to view a collection in greater detail, you’re welcome to arrange to do so in advance with the librarian or keeper.

There is a small charge to enter the museum, with discounts for groups. All admission fees are valid for 12 months so you can come back to see your favourite collections and any new exhibits.

You can find the museum in Pannett Park, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1RE.

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