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Rotunda Museum

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Explore modern interactive displays to learn about the fascinating geology of the Yorkshire Coast. Find out about this unique geology that brought William Smith to the town and inspired him to design this fabulous iconic building in 1829. Known as the father of English geology, Smith changed the world with his discoveries and the museum has been a focal point for geology and local history enthusiasts ever since.

The awe-inspiring central Rotunda Gallery is a remarkable space which explains the Scarborough that existed in Smith's days, as well as some of the characters that populated the town at the time.

The first floor Shell Gallery focuses on 21st century developments and is home to the Rotunda's most famous resident, Gristhorpe Man, a unique Bronze Age skeleton and tree trunk burial find. The latest edition is Scarborough's Lost Dinosaurs, an exploration of Jurassic Scarborough and its residents.


The Rotunda is fully wheelchair accessible and operates a loop system for audio displays. Full toilet facilities are available with baby changing facilities.