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Rotunda Museum

Rotunda Museum by Scarborough Museums TrustRotunda Museum by Scarborough Museums Trust

Opened in 1829, the Rotunda Museum is one of the world’s first purpose-built museums and was built to a design suggested by William ‘Strata’ Smith. The interior, with its fascinating Georgian gallery, features a frieze showing the geology of the local coastline designed by Smith’s nephew, John Phillips. The original cases tell the history of the museum and they explore the stories of the nineteenth century Scarborough Philosophical Society which brought the collections together.

See remarkable 11,000-year-old artefacts from the Star Carr Collection, including an antler headdress, barbed points, birch bark rolls, flint tools and animal remains.

Come face to face with the wonderful creatures which once called Yorkshire home in the Ancient Seas of the Yorkshire Coast gallery. See the fascinating collection of fossils and specially commissioned reconstructions of what marine life was like millions of years ago.

£3 Annual Pass allows entry to both the Rotunda Museum and Scarborough Art Gallery. Under 18s visit for free. Please book a 30 minute time slot for your visit. You can book using:
The Art Tickets website (, By calling 01723 353665 or by emailing


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