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Whitby Museum
Whitby, Yorkshire Coast

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Enjoy a fascinating tour round the Whitby Museum on the North Yorkshire coast. There is an extensive collection of artifacts, paintings and literature which will allow you to travel back in time and find out about the Whitby history and heritage.

The Museum, our library and archives are run by The Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society. The chief object of the Society was to setup and maintain a museum, specialising in fossils, since "Whitby is a chief town of a district abounding with petrifications and containing not a few Antiquities". Ever since Whitby Museum has been run for the people of Whitby by the people of Whitby.

In the last quarter of the 19th century collections of local plants, shells and butterflies, beetles and fishes were assembled. The same period saw the addition of many exhibits illustrating the history of Whitby, some of sizeable models of buildings and ships.

By the end of the 19th century the main anxiety of the Society was how to provide more space for the ever-growing collections. Various proposals for achieving this were considered over the next 25 years and the final decision was to build a completely new Museum building in Pannett Park adjoining the municipal Art Gallery.

As exhibits have continued to come in, there have been several major additions to exhibition and storage space over the last 60 years. The Chapman wing and Kendall Library were added later. In 2005, thanks to local fundraising and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a new wing has increased our capacity to meet what is required of a Museum today, without spoiling the valued 'Edwardian' character of the main Museum. The new wing contains a modern lecture theatre, galleries for Clothes and...


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Whitby Museum
Pannett Park
North Yorkshire
YO21 1RE
01947 602908

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