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“A museum that would give Aladdin's cave a run for its money!”
Review of Whitby Museum

Whitby Museum
Ranked #7 of 51 things to do in Whitby
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Striving to preserve an Edwardian atmosphere, this museum houses a variety of general collections.
London
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33 reviews
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“A museum that would give Aladdin's cave a run for its money!”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

Whenever I'm in the area, up from London, I drop into Pannett Park because there's always something you missed. It's an old-world menagerie - retaining it's original victorian show cases. It's time travel not just through the history of the area and the town, but in its own right too.

Whitby and the "Jurassic" coast of NE England/Yorkshire boasts some of the most fantastic fossils. 280m years ago this area was both submerged in a tropical sea - with sea monster fossils to match (some of the best anywhere) - but also part of a river delta, so there are ferns and trees too, including the wonderful Whitby Jet (fossilised monkeypuzzle trees). There's a modest display from the human occupation after the glaciers melted 13,000 years ago - Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron ages...flints, burial urns. Some finds from the Roman signal stations along the coast are grizzly too! And they've retained some beautiful Saxon finds from Whitby Abbey.

There's something for every period thereafter, a real social history of the famous (Captain Cook and William Scoresby) to the mundane and an exquisite collection of Jet jewellery and knick-knacks. Hommage is also paid to Whitby's primacy as a seaport and fishery. The natural history is well covered - stuffed birds and mammals. Outside, the recent investment in the parkland and facilities is evident: it's a great space to be in with good views over Whitby towards the Abbey.

I think the only disappointment is that more funds aren't available to update some of the displays. It's all about funding, footfall and donations. However, they do make the best of what they have and their immensly rich and diverse heritage.

Visited October 2012
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Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“walk around the park”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

The park in which this musuem is situated is gr8 and has some great features. The museum is a good option for a rainy day

Visited March 2012
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Marske-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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“Great for all ages”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

Pannett Park has a fantastic playground for children with lots of "different" climbing frames, our Granddaughter loved it, despite the drizzle! The museum is filled with interesting objects and well laid out. The staff are very friendly & knowledgeable. Well worth a visit

Visited October 2012
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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“A Whitby wonder cabinet”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

It must say something about me that my favourite exhibit at this cheerfully eclectic museum was the hand of glory--the cured hand of a hanged man, reputed to give burglars who use it as a macabre candle holder the ability to enter houses undetected. But there are literally thousands of treasures in the museum, scattered about in loosely themed areas in the huge space containing the museum. If you suffer from claustrophobia, you might want to give it a miss. But I think it's worth a slight case of hives to see the ichthyosaur fossils (the real McCoy--NOT casts) up on the wall, along with all sorts of carved jet, Roman and neolithic artefacts, and the most amazing Victorian model of Noah's ark.

Visited October 2012
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Leek, United Kingdom
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“Very Interesting”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

The museum was full to the brim with information and history. The whole family enjoyed the displays. well worth visiting.

Visited October 2012
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