Special Events and Activities


Coming Soon … John Tindale: A Vision of Whitby. Keep watching for more details.

Costume Gallery

To complement the main exhibition the Costume Gallery Exhibition will be Whitby Weddings: and the bride wore…

Featuring wedding dresses from the period that John Tindale was a Whitby Gazette and wedding photographer (1950s to 1990s). More exciting details to follow….

Museum from Home Activities

During the recent museum closures we have made available some museum from home activities. A selection are featured below.

Word Search

See if you can find the exhibits hidden in the museum word search.

Download and print it  here Whitby Museum Word Search.

Fossil Activities

Whitby Museum is famous for it’s collection of fossils which were all found very close to Whitby.

Why not have a go at our fossil activities. There are sheets to colour and details of how you can make your own fossils from Playdoh and salt dough.salt dough 1 (2)

Download the activity sheets by clicking on the link and why not send us pictures of the things you’ve made to manager@whitbymuseum.org.uk.

Ammonite Colouring

Teleosaur colouring

Make your own Fossil


Other Cultures Activity: Totem Poles

Whitby Museum has a varied collection of items from other cultures. The collection reflects the worldwide travels of local people especially during the era of sailing ships.

The largest item among this collection is our magnificent totem pole. Totem poles were built by Native American tribes living along the Northwest Pacific coast of North America. They could measure up to 12 metres in height and were carved with images of animals and symbols showing a family’s status within the tribe. Common carvings were ravens, eagles, bears and wolves.Totem 2 (2)Totem (2)

Our totem pole comes from Nootka Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The area was discovered by Captain James Cook. Although our totem pole does not originate from Captain Cook he is known to have seen some when he was there.

Download the activity sheets and have a go at designing your own totem pole, colour in our totem pole or make your own model using a cardboard tube and sticking objects to it, you could use symbols that are relevant to your own family. Click here for totem colouring sheet. Click here for totem design sheet.

Remember to send your finished designs, colourings and models to manager@whitbymuseum.org.uk.


Pannett Art Gallery Exhibitions 2020

The Pannett Art Gallery is managed by Whitby Town Council . The programme for forthcoming exhibitions at the Art Gallery is given below. Admission is free. Information courtesy of the Art Gallery Curator, Ms. Helen Berry.

Please note, all information is correct at the time of writing but may be subject to change. Please phone before making a special journey to visit any exhibition. Tel. (01947) 600933. If no answer from this number, please try Whitby Town Council on (01947) 820227 or Email: pannett.gallery@whitbytowncouncil.gov.uk.

The Pannett Art Gallery website is at http://www.pannettartgallery.org

The Kindness of Strangers and Friends – paintings from the Pannett Collection Cancelled
The Four Seasons – Whitby Art Society Cancelled
Caedmon College Student’s Display Cancelled
Smell the Sea, Feel the Sky – Postcard Exhibition 26 May – 5 July
Paintings of the Staithes Group of Artists 10 July – 26 July
Celebrating Pannett 28 July – 30 August
Fylingdales Group of Artists 1 September – 4 October
Captain Cook Museum, Botanical Prints 6 October – 13 December

Pannett Park Events 2021

Whitby Museum is situated in the wonderful surroundings of Pannett Park.

To find out more about the Park and also about the work done by the Friends of Pannett Park take a look at their website https://www.pannettpark.co.uk/home