Rotunda, the William Smith Museum of Geology
Explore modern interactive displays to learn about the fascinating Geology of the Yorkshire Coast. Find out about this unique geology that brought William Smith to the town and inspired him to design this fabulous iconic building in 1829. Known as the father of English geology, Smith changed the world with his discoveries and the museum has been a focal point for geology and local history enthusiasts ever since.
The awe inspiring central Rotunda Gallery is a remarkable space that explains the Scarborough that existed in Smith's days as well as some of the characters that populated the town at the time.
The first floor Shell Gallery focuses on 21st century developments and is home to our most famous resident; Gristhorpe Man, a unique Bronze Age skeleton and tree trunk burial find.
The Dinosaur Coast Gallery offers bright, colourful and family friendly hands on experience of our coastline and its treasures.
The Rotunda is fully wheelchair accessible and has a shop with a wide selection of geology books and crafts for all ages. FREE introductory guided tours are available and enhance the visiting experience so are highly recommended.
There is a fun packed events programme running throughout the year to entertain all ages. The Dinosaur Coast programme also offer a series of fossil hunts along the coast so you can continue to discover more about our unique geology following your visit to the museum.
Tue-Sun 10am-5pm Open Bank Holidays
Closed: Mondays - Except Bank Holidays
Under 18s FREE
Adult Day Pass: £4.50 (concession £4)
Open Return Ticket (annual pass for all Scarborough Museums Trust venues and most events): £9.00 (concession £8)
- Museums Association
- International Council of Museums
- British Association of Friends of Museums
The Rotunda Gallery houses specimens from William Smith's own collection that is on display for the first time and focuses on social history through various well know characters of Smith's time.
The Dinosaur Coast Gallery focuses on the nature and geology of the coast from Redcar to Flamborough and includes a fossil ID station for budding geologists.
The Shell Geology Now Gallery primarily focuses on the scientific processes behind both geology and archaeology with dinosaurs and Gristhorpe Man.
Archaeology, Archives, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History
Key artists and exhibits
- William Smith
- Father of English Geology
- Bronze Age Buriel
- Gristhorpe Man
- Dinosaur Coast
- Dinosaur Footprints
Scarborough's Lost Dinosaurs
Come and explore Jurassic Scarborough and meet our lost dinosaurs. 160 million years ago Scarborough was obviously home to many dinosaurs – we have plenty of fossilised footprints as evidence, so where are they? Examine the evidence of Jurassic life for yourself and find out more about the fascinating beats that once called Scarborough home.
- Any age
- Family friendly
UNDER 18’s FREE TO ALL VENUES
Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Full Price £4.50 – Concessions £4.00