Whitby Museums and Art Galleries

Whitby Museums and Art Galleries

There are quite a few different museums and art galleries to explore in Whitby and the surrounding area.

Whitby and the North Yorkshire coast has a rich history which is detailed across a variety of museums and galleries in the local area.

To fully immerse yourself into Whitby’s past & present, we highly recommend you visit some of the local Whitby museums and galleries. People from all over come to visit these places to discover the fascinating things that can be found inside.

Whitby Museums

Whitby Pannett Park Museum

The Whitby Museum was first established back in the early 1800s for the purpose of displaying certain remarkable fossils that were transported from faraway lands by captains of Whitby’s sailing ships.

The beautiful and authentic Victorian aesthetic of this museum has endured throughout the years, providing visitors with a true sense of wonder and amazement. The new wing of this museum offers a more modern look for different exhibitions that are only available for a limited amount of time. Both the museum and art gallery feature a number of beautiful pieces of artwork as well as historical artifacts from well over 100 years ago.

Admissions

Adults: £5.00
Concessions (Senior Citizens 60+): £4.00
Student (on production of an NUS card or ID): £3.50
Children (under 17 years old): Free
Groups (Ten or more): £3.50 per person
Whitby Residents: Free (proof of identity required)

Tel: 01947 602908
Website: www.whitbymuseum.org.uk
Address: Pannett Park, Whitby YO21 1RE

Whitby Pannett Park Museum

Whitby Lifeboat Museum

The Whitby Lifeboat Museum is based on the site of the old operational lifeboat station, which was in use from 1895–1957. This museum is run entirely by volunteers, and it offers visitors the chance to see a variety of beautiful paintings, photographs, medals, and various objects from famous shipwrecks and rescues throughout history. The double boathouse that houses this museum also features the D-Class lifeboat OEM Stone III.

Admissions

Free of charge, but donations are very welcome

Tel: 01947 602001
Website: Click here
Address: Whitby Lifeboat Museum, Pier Road, Whitby, YO21 3PU

Whitby Lifeboat Museum

Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby

The Captain Cook Memorial Museum is little gem on Grape Lane, based in the house where Cook served his seaman’s apprenticeship. The museum is truly a treasure trove of discovery, which tells the story of Captain Cook’s famous voyages of discovery. There are plenty of artifacts, paintings and models which allow you to fully understand Cook’s life at sea and the discoveries he made. Watch the video below to learn more about the Captain Cook Memorial Museum.

Admissions

Adult: £5.70
Senior Citizen: £5.20
Child: £3.50
Family: £14.00

Tel: 01947 601900
Website: www.cookmuseumwhitby.co.uk
Address: Grape Lane, Whitby YO22 4BA

Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby

The Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Center

Located in Staithes, this heritage center offers two whole floors of interesting and historically-important items relating to Captain Cook.

Some of the different items that you can expect to see in this museum include breathtaking models of ships, hundreds of books that date back to the 18th century, coins, glassware, medals, and much more.

You will find that this museum will bring to life Cook’s maritime career in a way that will be sure to astound and impress.

Admissions

Currently charged at £3 per person. During winter, the museum is only open at weekends. Please call before visiting to ensure it is open.

Tel: 01947 841454
Address: High Street, Staithes, Nr Whitby, TS13 5BQ

The Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Center

Robin Hood’s Bay Museum

The building that now stands as Robin Hood’s Bay Museum was first purchased back in 1891, but it was served as a reading room for local residents. This is a truly unique museum that is run completely by volunteers with an official registered charity number. There are a number of interesting things that you will find inside this museum, including a variety of geology, fishing and shipping displays. You will also learn about some of the different shipwrecks and most famous local rescues that have been recorded throughout history. The model of the smuggler’s house is something else you will want to see, as it demonstrates how contraband could be hidden. There is also a life size model of a local fisherwife with some fun surprises to discover!

Admissions

Normal admissions are free of charge, although donations are more than welcome.

While your there, you can also check out these things to do in Robin Hood’s Bay

Website: http://museum.rhbay.co.uk/
Address: Fisherhead, Robin Hood’s Bay, 4TQ, Whitby, United Kingdom

Robin Hood’s Bay Museum

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

If you want to have the experience of being in a real ironstone mine, the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum is definitely the place to go. When you visit this museum you will learn all about the various skills of these miners and what they would go through on a typical day. This is the only museum that rests on the site of an actual ironstone mine, lending a legitimacy to it that attracts many tourists from all over.

The tour that you will take begins with a short film followed by displays containing everything from historic photographs to authentic miners helmets and other interesting items. The total length of the tour is about 1 ½ hours, and it also features an underground workplace by candlelight.

Admissions

Tel: 01287 642877
Website: www.ironstonemuseum.co.uk
Address: Deepdale Mill Lane, Sklinnigrove, Cleveland TS13 4AP

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

Eden Camp Wartime Museum

Eden Camp Museum at Malton has won numerous awards over the years, and it is located on the grounds of an original World War II Prisoner of War Camp. This museum offers you the chance to be transported back in time to experience a very important and exciting part of history. A fun and educational experience for people of all ages, this museum offers a junior assault course as well as a wartime-themed puppet show, Café that serves food and drink, and a gift shop with a number of items that you can purchase to commemorate your trip here.

You will find that this museum is open every day of the week from 2nd Monday in January to 23rd December from 10am to 5pm.

There is a children’s play area for those who plan on bringing kids, along with a canteen called Hut 17. This is definitely one of the more authentic and interesting wartime museums you will find in the entire area. It attracts people from all over with its exciting attractions and striking ambiance.

Housed within 33 different huts, including a pre-fab house and 3 Officers Mess Huts, this museum is a must-see for people who are in the area and beyond.

Admissions

Adults: £8.50
Children: £7.50
Senior Citizens: £7.50

Tel: 01653 697777
Website: www.edencamp.co.uk
Address: Eden Camp, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6RT

Eden Camp Wartime Museum

Whitby Art Galleries

Whitby Pannett Park Art Gallery

Located in beautiful Pannett Park, the Pannett Art Gallery is located right next to the Whitby Museum.

This art gallery is home to two truly unique collections and exhibitions. There is no charge for admission, and The Staithes Group Room offers a permanent display of work done by impressionist painters of the early 20th century.

There are many different types of artwork that can be found in this gallery, including various arts and crafts, fine furnishings, and breathtaking handmade tapestries.

Admissions

There is no charge for admission.

Tel: 01947 602908
Website: www.whitbymuseum.org.uk
Address: Pannett Park, Whitby YO21 1RE

Whitby Pannett Park Art Gallery

The Studio of John Freeman

If you want a truly memorable artistic experience with a historical bent, the Studio of John Freeman in Whitby has exactly what you need. This art gallery is home to the largest collection of local works of art in the entire Whitby area, including limited editions, watercolours, and a variety of beautiful prints. You will discover that many of the art pieces that are housed in this gallery were inspired by the local geography, and there are also a variety of special laser-cut wooden jigsaws that you won’t soon forget. Established back in 1969, this gallery has over 160 unique pieces of artwork on display for all to see.

Admissions

There is no charge for admission.

Tel: 01947 602 799
Website: www.johnfreemanstudio.co.ukAddress: 9 Market Place, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4DD

The Studio of John Freeman

Whitby Galleries

Those who visit Whitby will definitely want to make a point of visiting Whitby Galleries, which consists of two galleries that can both be found on Church Street. You can easily walk from one of the galleries to the other, and there are many beautiful original paintings from a total of 30 different artists. In theses galleries you will find a wide range of artistic styles in the pieces that are on display. There are hundreds of prints and frames in various styles to choose from at the Hermitage Print Gallery. If your an art lover, this is certainly one place that you will not want to miss on your next trip to Whitby.

Admissions

There is no charge for admission.

Tel: 01947 821310
Website: www.whitbygalleries.comAddress: 134-135 Church Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4DE

Whitby Galleries

We hope your inspired to visit these Whitby Museums and Whitby Art Galleries on your next trip to this seaside town. If you would like to comment on any of the museums or galleries above, or would like to suggest an establishment for inclusion in this article, then please leave your message in the comments below.



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