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Rotunda Museum

  • Rotunda Museum Cliff Bridge Terrace Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2HB
  • 01723 353665
  • scarboroughmuseumstrust.com
  • Arts & Heritage, Family & Seaside,
  • Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm
    Closed Mondays
    Open Bank Holiday Mondays

    Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

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Opening times
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
Closed Mondays | Open Bank Holiday Mondays

The Rotunda Museum is full of fascinating objects, from fossils found on East Yorkshire’s Dinosaur Coast to Gristhorpe Man, the skeleton and coffin of a Bronze Age man, which is the best example of a tree burial in Britain.

Visit ‘The Gateway to the Dinosaur Coast’ to meet the residents of Jurassic Scarborough and come face to face with the Speeton Plesiosaur – a marine reptile from the lower Cretaceous period, found near Filey.

Don’t miss the mysterious bone, flint and antler objects from Star Carr, one of the most important Middle Stone Age sites of its kind in Great Britain. How might the head dress made from a red deer skull have been used?

The Rotunda is an exhibit in itself – this unique circular building, opened in 1829, is one of the world’s first purpose-built museums, built to a design suggested by William ‘Strata’ Smith, known as the father of English Geology.

The interior, with its stunning trompe l’oeil ceiling and fascinating Georgian gallery, features a frieze showing the geology of the local coastline designed by Smith’s nephew, John Phillips. The original cases tell the history of the museum and the explore the stories of the 19th century Scarborough Philosophical Society which brought the collections together.

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The Rotunda Museum has a lift to all floors, is fully wheelchair accessible throughout and has an accessible WC.

Support dogs are welcome. Induction loops are also available.

The Rotunda is breast feeding friendly and our staff are trained to be Dementia Friends.

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