Admire the world's largest piece of original Whitby Jet at the W Hamond Museum of Whitby Jet.
W Hamond Museum of Whitby Jet
Visit the Museum of Whitby Jet for an exciting exploration of the fantastic world of Whitby jet. It’s fun for the whole family and presents the history of the industry alongside famous artefacts in a stylish and beautiful display. It’s open now and is free to visit.
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Midway along Church Street, directly opposite New Way Ghaut, stands a majestic building that houses a regal history that dates back hundreds of years.
Restoration of Wesley Hall, home to the brand new Museum of Whitby Jet, has been a labour of love for the buildings new owners, W Hamond and a personal passion for the curator, Rebecca Tucker.
Home to the worlds largest piece of original Whitby Jet in the rough and many other fabulous and priceless objects, the Museum of Whitby Jet stands as a testament to the long history and importance of jet in the region and also as a centrepiece and celebration of the thriving industry that finds its home in the heart of this historic town.
The visitor centre is open to the public seven days a week and provides a complete education on the history of Whitby Jet, the legacy of Queen Victoria and the role of the Victorian era in creating the popularity and desire for this delightful and rare gem.
Wesley Hall dates back to 1901 when the building was Methodist chapel. The premises was for many years a craft centre with bric a brac stalls though the building began to deteriorate durning this period the essential character of the structure remained intact.
In 2015 W Hamond acquired the building and so began a very careful and sympathetic renovation to restore Wesley Hall to its former glory. No expense has been spared in the construction and repair.
Visitors will immediately appreciate the effort, care and attention to detail that has been invested in the restoration of this iconic Whitby landmark.
Improvements made include a wheelchair access ramp to the side of the building, making the Museum of Whitby Jet accessible for all. Once inside there is a stunning spiral staircase providing access to the extensive library and archive of Whitby Jet.
The museum itself is a wonder for jet fans and history buffs alike with the worlds largest collection of antique Whitby jet and ornaments.
The stunning selection of artefacts and jewellery items are presented in a sparkling showcase that tells the story of the history of Whitby jet from its origins, its heritage to the present day.
Dining at Albert’s Eatery is a unique experience. Meals are served in the main room of the beautifully Wesley Hall so you’ll likely find yourself enjoying a delicious local delicacy while admiring the world’s largest piece of Whitby Jet.
The restaurant specialises in local seafood, with trained chefs delivering the finest traditional dishes prepared with the best quality ingredients.
Choose from a carefully created menu that packs a punch for classic Whitby seafood made from the local catch. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner you’re sure to enjoy the atmosphere in Albert’s.
Albert’s has a fully licensed bar open throughout the day so pop in for a drink and a sandwich and watch the world go by in the splendour of the Wesley Hall and the magnificent collection of Whitby Jet.
Booking is recommended during peak season, to avoid disappointment.
Contact the Museum of Whitby Jet
Phone: +44 1947 667453