Whitby Museum

About Whitby Museum

The museum houses collections from across the North York Moors National Park illustrating examples of the rich history and geology of the National Park from prehistoric times up to the present day.

Our displays include fossil Icthyosaur and plesiosaur from Kettleness, Ice age rhino and Hyena remains from Kirkdale cave, Mesolithic and Neolithic flint and arrow heads, Roman period treasures including coins from the Ugthorpe Hoard, a 13th century iron furnace from Goathland, the Zeplin III dark matter detector and many more.

Ichthyosaurus and display cabinets

The museum also features a shipping wing and explorers gallery highlighting Whitby’s seafaring past and collections of Jet and finds from Whitby Abbey excavations.

Our exhibition gallery changes regularly details of current exhibitions can be found on the Whitby museum Website. Activity tables around the museum provide creative opportunities for our young visitors and an eclectic range of exhibits excite curiosity in visitors of all ages including our famous ‘Hand of Glory’.

Visit Whitby Museum


Accessible parking

Disabled parking only to the rear of the museum.

Accessible public toilet

With transfer space to the side, handrails and emergency call system.


Wheelchair accessible.
Special dietary requirements catered for.

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Whitby Museum provides a range of facilities to offer you a fantastic day out


Open 10-3:30 when museum is open.

Car parking

Accessible parking only to the rear of the museum.

Children's trails/adventure playground

Play area in park surrounding the museum, though this is not run by the museum.

Picnic site

Picnics can be eaten in the surrounding park.

Dogs at Whitby Museum

Assistance dogs only.
Dogs are not allowed within the museum or the surrounding park with the exception of assistance dogs.

Getting here

Contact us

Whitby Museum, Pannett Park, Whitby. YO21 1RE
Tel 01947 602908
Email Whitby Museum


Whitby Museum is located in Pannett Park on Whitby’s west cliff.

Public transport

Seasonal Whitby Park and Ride P1 service stops at St Hilda’s Terrace by museum entrance.
840 Yorkshire Coastliner bus and Northern line rail services stop at the bus and railway station a 10 minute walk away.

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