Holidays in Whitby Museum

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Whitby showing a garden

From maritime artifacts to fossils, minerals and taxidermy displays, this museum explores Whitby’s history from as far back as the Jurassic period.

Go on a journey into Whitby’s past at the excellent Whitby Museum. Discover objects of both regional and national intrigue that have been donated over the previous two centuries. Whitby Museum is operated by a local charity called the Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society. A nomadic lifestyle has seen the museum move from the upper floor rooms of a town center shop to its present location in Pannett Park.

A permanent exhibition on Whitby’s maritime and whaling traditions is a major attraction of the museum. Follow the exploits of the whaling magnate Captain William Scoresby and explorer Captain James Cook.

See examples of Whitby jet, a black mineral found in the North York Moors and commonly used to make chessboards, jewelry and ornaments. The fossil collection has everything from ammonites to dinosaur footprints and a crocodile skeleton.

Browse a taxidermy exhibition of birds and mammals native to the area, including the great gipsy shrike, ivory gull and other rare species. Displays of ancient knitting sticks, coins, medals, military weapons and toys celebrate social history.

Admire oil paintings and watercolors from the 1800s and 1900s that depict typical scenes from the town. Don’t miss the Hand of Glory, a curious mummified hand found concealed in the wall of a home in a nearby village.

Pannett Park is a stunning landscaped public park decorated with ornamental flowerbeds. It’s a great place to enjoy a summer picnic or to simply get away from the bustle of the town center. See masterpieces by the Weatherill family of artists and the Staithes group of impressionist painters at the Pannett Art Gallery, located in the park.

Reach the museum and park by walking for 10 minutes from the town center, harbor and Whitby train station. Free parking, with time limits, is available on the streets that surround Pannett Park.

Whitby Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday and there’s an admission fee. Pannett Art Gallery is also open from Tuesday to Sunday and admission is free. Visit the museum’s official website for information about special exhibitions.

1945 Cheap Hotels Near Whitby Museum

White Horse & Griffin
White Horse & Griffin
3 out of 5
87 Church Street, Whitby, England
The price is AU$141 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Situated near the beach, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby Abbey and Whitby Harbour. Whitby Pavilion and Whitby Beach ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (487 reviews)
"The staff are all very cheerful and helpful, nothing is too much trouble! The food is amazing, the rooms are very cosy and clean, in the heart of Whitby. This is my third visit to this hotel and not my last!"

Reviewed on 28 Oct. 2021

White Horse & Griffin
Raithwaite Sandsend
Raithwaite Sandsend
4 out of 5
Sandsend Road, North Yorkshire, Whitby, England
The price is AU$218 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Whitby Golf Club, Whitby Beach, and North York Moors National Park. Whitby Pavilion and Whitby ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (804 reviews)
"I would highly recommend this property"

Reviewed on 29 Dec. 2021

Raithwaite Sandsend
The Esplanade Hotel
The Esplanade Hotel
3 out of 5
2 The Esplanade, Whitby, England
The price is AU$160 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Situated in Whitby, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of West Cliff Beach and Whitby Beach. Whitby Harbour and Whitby Abbey are also within 1 mile ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (688 reviews)
"No frills but perfectly clean, comfy bed, good shower certainly not 5* but you get what you pay for."

Reviewed on 1 Oct. 2021

The Esplanade Hotel
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Discovery Accommodation
Discovery Accommodation
3.5 out of 5
11 Silver Street, Whitby, England
The price is AU$113 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
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Raithwaite Sandsend
Raithwaite Sandsend
4 out of 5
Sandsend Road, North Yorkshire, Whitby, England
The price is AU$218 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
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White Horse & Griffin
White Horse & Griffin
3 out of 5
87 Church Street, Whitby, England
The price is AU$141 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
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The Esplanade Hotel
The Esplanade Hotel
3 out of 5
2 The Esplanade, Whitby, England
The price is AU$160 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
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The Black Horse Inn
The Black Horse Inn
3 out of 5
91 Church Street, Whitby, England
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White Linen Whitby, Room Only
4 out of 5
24 Bagdale, Whitby, England
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The Royal Hotel
The Royal Hotel
3 out of 5
West Cliff, Whitby, England
The price is AU$136 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
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Park View Apartment
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5 out of 5
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The Beaches Guest House
The Beaches Guest House
2 out of 5
12 Crescent Avenue, Whitby, England
The price is AU$122 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
The Beaches Guest House
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