I have put together a list of Scarborough museums including places that are close to Scarborough like Ryedale, Pickering and Malton.
I have included details of how you can find each museum with directions from your home, their opening times and what special events they have on.
If you are looking for a museum in or close to Scarborough then you are sure to find one that you and the family will enjoy. We have been to some of the museums with our two young boys and had some great days out. For more details just send us an email.
Information about Scarborough Museums
The Rotunda Museum is located on Vernon Road in Scarborough and their postcode for your satnav is YO11 2PT. The Rotunda Museum is close to the south bay beach and the best place to park would be in the Scarborough Council Underground car park (YO11 2HD). The price to park here is £2 for 1 hour, £3 for 2 hours, £5 for 6 hours and £6 for 24 hours.
The Rotunda Museum is open Tues – Sun from 10am – 5pm including bank holidays. At the museum you will find displays that teach you about the Geology of the Yorkshire Coast.
The museum has an events programme running throughout the year that can be enjoyed by all age groups. The main programme is the Dinosaur fossil hunt along the Yorkshire coast from Staithes up to Whitby and through Scarborough towards Filey. For more details and to find out what’s on at the Rotunda Museum go to their website.
The Scarborough Fair Collection is located at the Flower of May Holiday Park at Lebberston Cliff (YO11 3NU) on the outskirts of Scarborough just past Cayton Bay not far from Filey.
The museum has a large collection of working vintage fairground rides including cars, trains and organs. They have steam engines on show, vintage farm vehicles and other vintage stalls and attractions.
The Scarborough Fair museum is open 11am – 4pm and the entrance fee is £5 for adults and £3 for children (5s and under are free). During the winter months the museum is only open on selected days so you should give them a call on 01723 586698 to find out the days they are open on.
For more details about the Scarborough Fair museum and to find out what’s on head on over to their website.
Millenium Museum is located at the Harbourside (YO11 1PG) on the south bay beach in Scarborough. The best place to park would be in the South Bay Underground car park, find the prices and postcode above.
The millenium museum brings the history of Scarborough alive through models, sounds and smells of the past. For more details about the Millenium Museum you can give them a call on 01723 501000.
The millenium museum is open daily during the summer season from 10am – 10 pm and during the winter is open weekends only from 10am – 4pm.
The Scarborough Lifeboat Station is located on Foreshore Road (YO11 1PB) at the south bay beach. Again the best place to park would be in the South Bay Underground car park or in the West Pier car park that has the same postcode as the lifeboat station.
The Lifeboat Station has its own shop and is open from 10am – 4pm and you can call them on 01723 360520. This is the third oldest lifeboat station in the country and is well worth a look around if you are at the south bay beach in Scarborough.
For more details about the Scarborough lifeboat station head on over to their website. You will find information about their upcoming visits and talks, news and events and photos of the station.
Museums near Scarborough
Eden Camp is located in Malton (YO17 6RT) a short 16-mile drive away from Scarborough. We have two young boys aged 3 & 5 at the time we visited the camp and they loved it there.
The museum is inside an original prisoner of war camp where you can experience the sights, the sounds and smells of world war two. The museum is open 7 days a week all year round until the 23rd December and then re-opens on the second Monday in January. The museum is open from 10am – 5pm and costs £5.50 for adults and £4.50 for children (children under 5 are free).
For more details and to have a look at some photos of Eden Camp head on over to their website. You can call the museum on 01653 697777.
Ryedale Folk Museum is located in Pickering (YO62 6UA) a short 20- mile drive away from Scarborough. This is an open-air museum showcasing re-built old style buildings including a 1950s post office, Elizabethan manor house, an Iron Age roundhouse plus others.
The museum has a model village to look round picturing Ryedale through the ages. There is also a selection of livestock including pigs, sheep and chickens for the kids to have a look at.
The museum is open all year round from 10am – 4:30pm and costs £7 for adults and £6 for children. You can call the museum on 01751 417367. To read more about the Ryedale Folk Museum and to have a look at some photos head on over to their website.
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum is located at Saltburn by the Sea (TS13 4AP) 28 miles from Scarborough.
The museum gives you the chance to experience the sights and sounds underground in a real ironstone mine.
The museum is open at different times throughout the year, just head on over to the Ironstone Museum website for all the opening times and entry prices.
Other Scarborough Museums
If you know of any other museums that are in or near to Scarborough that we have not included on our list just send us the details in an email and we will add them to the list.
If you have been to any of the Scarborough museums on our list then we would like to know what you thought about them so that we can pass the information on to our visitors.
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