January News

Winter Closure

The museum is currently closed for the winter, doors re-open at 10am on Tuesday 7th February.

Whilst the museum is shut over the winter the staff and volunteers are busy behind closed doors. The fossil and natural history displays are being improved and enhanced.

Exhibitions are being changed around for the new season including the main exhibition room which will host the 2023 exhibition and the costume gallery which will be displaying costumes through time to celebrate the changing face of fashion over the last 200 years.

2023 Celebrations

The exhibition hall is being transformed . A major new exhibition is being staged which will tell the story of the development of the museum through the display of many of the amazing artefacts which have been collected over the years. The title of the  exhibition will be ‘200 Years of  Collecting’, and the exhibition will show how and why the collections have changed over the last twenty decades. An integral part of the exhibitions will be the screening of a new documentary film which the museum has commissioned, and titled ‘The Department of Miscellaneous  Curiosities’. Location filming at the museum and around Whitby has been completed (see photo of the actors on tea break!), and the footage is being edited by producer Anne Dodsworth, and the music score is being composed and the narrative recorded.

Yorkshire Fossil Festival

Date for your diary—the 2023 Yorkshire Fossil Festival runs across the weekend of 9th—11th June with lots of activities planned to cater to palaeontologists and fossil enthusiasts of all ages.

This year events will be taking place at Whitby museum as part of the festival.

Sutcliffe Collection

A selection of Sutcliffe photographic prints will be on display in the shop from February.  These popular photographs show a range of views of Whitby and its characters in the late 1800’s.

Currently we are unable to sell these online.