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Whitby Museum, Whitby

4.6
#1 of 14 in Museums in Scarborough District
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Snake stones, a hangman’s locket, and an authentic hand of glory are just a few of arcane items at Whitby Museum. With a taste for the decidedly obscure, the museum’s collection also includes leeches, a ship’s figurehead, and fine examples of jet jewelry, made popular as mourning jewelry by Queen Victoria. If you have children, stop by the museum office first to request a “treasure map,” which guides the young ones to additional rarities both inside and outside along the museum’s park trail. An on-site cafe features homemade pastries. Put Whitby Museum at the forefront of your travel plans using our Whitby vacation route planner.
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4.7
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  • I visited this museum with my wife and 4 year old. The staff are very helpful and there is something for everyone here from amazing marine fossils to fascinating curiosities (e.g. the mummified hand k...  more »
  • A fascinating place to spend a morning. Local history and natural history are very well covered. The art gallery there is excellent too.  more »
  • The museum is pricey and they don't take card payments for small amounts. The stairs and exhibits are dangerous for people in wheelchairs. The staff are a bit rude as well.  more »
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  • Whitby museum is a great example of a museum that has embraced it's traditional look and feel rather than trying to update with modern decor and interpretation. This results in a museum which is as much worth the visit for the charm of the old display cases as for the objects inside them. There's a lot to see and the £5 admission charge is well worth it in my opinion.
  • Excellent museum. Such a pleasant change to find a proper museum with a great variety of items. We will visit again as there is so much to see. Never change it. It is just what a museum should be. Art gallery is excellent too.
  • Fascinating museum with interesting variety of exhibits. Run by enthusiastic staff. Found a lot of interesting local facts here
  • Wide range of interesting objects including some wonderful fossils. The park surrounding it has good views and it's a lovely walk up to the museum. The staff are very friendly and helpful too
  • Really nice little museum. Some fascinating fossils and a great way to learn some local history. Well kept and helpful, friendly staff. Check out the Hand of Glory ; disgusting but interesting. 5 stars.

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Where to stay in Whitby

The majority of the town's lodging is near the small harbor at the town center. Consider a guest room in one of the historical buildings that line the water or on one of the narrow streets that branch off from the boardwalk. For views of the picturesque town and the cathedral, consider lodging inland and up the hill. Ask about themed rooms designed for the Whitby Gothic Weekend.
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