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Rotunda Museum

4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)
  • Scarborough
  • Indoor
  • All Ages
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Information

Step into the history of Scarborough at the Rotunda Museum.

Spread over two floors, this museum opened in 1829 and was one of the first purpose built museums in the world. It takes you for a walk through history, starting around 65 million years ago! The impressive nearly complete skeleton of the Speeton Plesiosaur precedes dinosaur footprints, dinosaur models and lots of information from this pre-historic time.

The history of the area is brought to life with the story of the Gristhorpe man and his bronze-age skeleton and a display on stone-age man and a look at the genealogy of the area. The Star Carr is a display of artefacts from from a Mesolithic site, which is regarded as one of the most important sites of its kind in Great Britain. Every room in the museum features a fun and educational surprise that’ll keep you entertained on the rainiest of days!  

Small, but perfectly formed museum!

  • Different exhibitions and displays through the year
  • Rotunda geology group
  • Educational activities
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Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Bank Holidays 10:00 - 17:00


General Admission
Adults: £3.00
Under 18's: Free

Travel & Contact Information


Vernon Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2NN, England

Phone number

01723 353665



Click here to visit Rotunda Museum's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant.

Yes, Rotunda Museum is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

No, Rotunda Museum have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Rotunda Museum has not told us if they are dog friendly.


Small but beautiful 4 out of 5 stars

A teeny, tiny museum. A lovely way to spend an hour but no more than that. Staff were friendly and very welcoming.

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