Opening times

Whitby Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am until 4:30pm, last admission 4pm. The museum tea room is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am until 3:30pm.

Please note our lift is currently out of order. The ‘Adventures in Time – The Development of Steampunk’ exhibition is currently only accessible via a flight of stairs. The cafe can be accessed via an external door. The remainder of the museum and exhibitions are unaffected. 


Pannett Park, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1RE

We are located in Pannett Park, Whitby. Do take time to enjoy Pannett Park as well. It is a great place for a picnic and the play area is one of the best in the north of England. It is only a 10-minute walk up to the museum from the harbour side, bus station and train station.

Please note that dogs (except for support dogs) are not allowed in the museum, art gallery or park.


  • Adults £8
  • Children free (under 18 years old in full time education)
  • Students £5 (on production of an NUS card or ID)
  • Groups £5 per person (ten or more people)
  • Carers free
  • For information regarding prices for school visits, please see our schools page.

All admission fees are valid for 12 months! (Annual admission slip must be shown on subsequent visits.)

  • Whitby Residents – free (proof of identity required). Whitby Residents are those who live in Whitby Town Council wards: Abbey, West Cliff, Stakesby, Town North, Town South, and Ruswarp.
  • Art Fund members – free (proof of membership required)
  • Yorkshire Museums Volunteer Pass – free (proof of membership required)
  • ‘Help for Heroes’ – free admission for current or past members of the armed services.

Gift Aid really helps!

Whitby Museum is an independent museum, with no outside funding, run by Whitby Literary & Philosophical Society which is a registered charity. We rely entirely on admission fees, membership, donations and the tireless work of our volunteers for the upkeep of our wonderful museum. If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider gift aiding your admission fee. There is no additional cost to you. This enables us to claim 25p for every £1 paid and makes a huge difference to our income. Thank you!

Museum Map

Click here to view a map of the museum to help plan your visit.

Getting here


Whitby is on the line from Middlesbrough. However, there are only a limited number of trains every day and intending rail visitors are advised to contact rail enquiries for details. The station is about 10 minutes’ walk from the museum.


The main roads into Whitby are A171 from Scarborough, A171 from Guisborough and Teesside, A64 from York, A169 from Malton through Pickering onto the A171.

Car parking

On-street parking is available on St Hilda’s Terrace (parking disc required) and there is a large car park at West Cliff (entrances at both West Cliff and Whitby Leisure Centre) for coaches and cars. The museum is less than 5 minutes’ walk from this car park and Pannett Park may be entered on foot at the top of Chubb Hill near the roundabout with St Hilda’s Terrace. There is parking at the museum for blue badge holders via the St Hilda’s Terrace entrance. If you are employing sat nav to access this entrance, please use the postcode YO21 3AE.

Park and Ride

From early April until early November a Park and Ride facility is situated just outside Whitby at the junction of the A171 and B1460 (postcode YO21 1TL). The nearest Park and Ride bus stop is situated on St Hilda’s Terrace, a two-minute walk to the museum. For more information see

Coach drop-off point

Coaches may drop off visitors either at the top of Chubb Hill (see downloadable map) or opposite the main Pannett Park gates on St Hilda’s Terrace. Whitby’s open-top tour bus and the Park and Ride bus drop passengers nearby.

Research appointments

The museum library is open Tuesdays to Fridays, 10.30–1.00.
For more information about how to book a research appointment, please see our Library and Archive page.

Pannett Art Gallery

We share our building with Pannett Art Gallery, where you can find permanent exhibitions of the work of the Weatherill family, who were local artists and a room dedicated to the Staithes group of artists alongside regularly changing exhibitions.

Pannett Park

Whitby Museum is lucky to be situated in the wonderful surroundings of Pannett Park. Take in the beautiful landscaped gardens and let the children play on the excellent playpark right alongside us.