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Rotunda Museum

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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

Opening hours

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



Vernon Road,
North Yorkshire,
YO11 2NN,

Phone number

01723 353665


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


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