Whitby Museum, Whitby

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Snake stones, a hangman’s locket, and an authentic hand of glory are just a few of arcane items at Whitby Museum. With a taste for the decidedly obscure, the museum’s collection also includes leeches, a ship’s figurehead, and fine examples of jet jewelry, made popular as mourning jewelry by Queen Victoria. If you have children, stop by the museum office first to request a “treasure map,” which guides the young ones to additional rarities both inside and outside along the museum’s park trail. An on-site cafe features homemade pastries. Work out when and for how long to visit Whitby Museum and other Whitby attractions using our handy Whitby online trip itinerary builder.
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  • A lovely museum full of interesting local history. Very well managed in these strange times, we all felt very safe. Highly recommend a visit.  more »
  • This is an extensive collection displayed in a very traditional manner. The fossils section is excellent. There's a lot of taxidermy which isn't to my taste. Overall a very interesting way to spend a....  more »
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  • Absolutely loads to look at. Well worth going just to see the 'Hand of Glory' and the 2 jet chess boards. You pay and get entry for 12 months. Children are free entry. If you take your children there are free quizzes for them to do, where they have to search for the answers all through the museum. The little shop in the museum is very reasonably priced.
  • Does not look very big from the outside but inside it is full of treasures. You can certainly spend a few hours looking round. If you need to go back another day your ticket can be used as many times as you like in a 12 month period. Would definitely recommend a visit or two
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