SCARBOROUGH Rotunda Museum
Tel: 01723 374839
Fax: 01723 376941
Owned by: Scarborough Borough Council
Managed by: Scarborough Museums & Gallery
At the junction of Vernon Road and Valley Road facing the South Bay. Five minutes from the
foreshore at the foot of the Spa bridge.
Opening hours & admission charges: Please phone for details or refer to the Moors & Coast
The Rotunda Museum, described as the finest surviving purpose-built museum of its age in
the country, was built in 1828 to a design suggested by William Smith - the Father of English
Geology. The museum displays archaeological finds including those from the internationally
important Mesolithic site at Star Carr and 'Gristhorpe Man', a Bronze Age tree trunk burial.
Displays also explore the more recent history of the town. Temporary exhibitions, hands-on
activities and holiday activities are a feature.
It is possible for the Museum to be opened outside normal times by individual arrangement.
Schools and educational groups should book.
Parking is not available on site but there is a pay and display car park available nearby
phone for details.
Toilet facilities are available. Access to the toilets is via 2 steps.
Access to the entrance of the museum is via 10 steps handrail on one side. The Rotunda
Museum is in an unsuitable location for less mobile people and wheelchair users due to its
position on a steep terrace.
The Museum is on more than one level. The upper level is accessible via approximately 20-30
steps handrail on one side. Seating is available.
Facilities for hearing impaired visitors:
A loop system is installed in the reception. The exhibitions include hands-on activities.