Run by the Whitby Literary & Philosophical Society, the museum, library and achives houses many major collections including archaeology, social history, ceramics, Captain James Cook, fossils, paintings, photographs, militaria and toys & dolls.
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Pannett Art Gallery
Set in Pannett Park, adjoining Whitby Museum, this Art Gallery was gifted to the townsfolk of Whitby by Alderman Pannett. It houses two permanent collections and changing exhibitions. Admission is free.
The Staithes Group Room displays a permanent exhibition of work by early 20th century impressionist painters, together with arts and crafts, tapestries and fine pieces of furniture by local cabinetmakers.
The Weatherill Room holds works by George Weatherill and his three talented children.
In 1823 the gentlemen of Whitby founded the Literary and Philosophical Society and established a museum to exhibit some spectacular fossils found in the local alum workings and ‘curiosities’, brought from foreign lands by the captains of Whitby’s sailing ships. Run as independent museum it has preserved its Victorian ambience in the main halls – though the addition of a new wing provides a modern setting for temporary exhibitions, together with a costume gallery and cafe.
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