The Rotunda Museum is one of the oldest purpose-built museums still in use in the United Kingdom. The curved grade II* listed building was constructed in 1829 as one of the country's first purpose-built museums. Situated in the English coastal resort of Scarborough, North Yorkshire, it houses one of the foremost collections of Jurassic geology on the Yorkshire Coast.
The Rotunda Museum, described as the finest surviving purpose-built museum of its age in the country, was built in 1829 by Richard Hey Sharp of York, to a design suggested by William Smith, the "Father of English Geology". Smith's pioneering work established that geological strata could be identified and correlated using the fossils they contain. Smith came to Scarborough after his release from debtors' prison. The dramatic Jurassic coastline of Yorkshire offered him an area of geological richness.
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Alex Heywood | Sep 25, 2017
Really interesting - there was a Fossil Weekend with a T-Rex and two giant walking trees. There were several marquees set up with artefacts and historians on hand to impart interesting facts...
Emily C | Oct 24, 2017
Came here for the fossil festival, was good fun! Scarbs might have seen some better days.... But where on the British coast hasn't? Despite this, the museum itself is interesting and has a nice collection, regardless of the surrounding coast.
Andrea Cowley | Oct 11, 2017
Love our museum! Its tiny but packed with such interesting things. I love that they host family events here!
James Koppert | Jan 23, 2018
A wonderful historic building with some mind blowing exhibits .
Susan Smith | Sep 16, 2017
First visit. Dinosaur exhibition. Very interesting. Pleasant staff. Full family enjoyed. Would recommend. Will return.
Adam Richardson | Apr 10, 2018
Free admission for children and adults pay once for the whole year!! Great Museum for kids and grown ups
Simon cosgrove | Mar 29, 2018
Only small, but only £3 to get in and kids are free. Entertains you for 30 mins or so, especially if it's raining
Glen Ryan | Mar 30, 2018
Excellent museum. Very interesting for the children.
Harriet Johnson | May 10, 2018
Really good museum. There was an unfortunate smell when we visited though. However still great and lots learnt.
Andrew Jackson | Apr 23, 2018
Small, uninteresting exhibits in a disordered condition. Avoid if your interested in history.
geko glass | Jun 11, 2018
Lovely place to visit. Its not an all day venue but it is beautiful and well worth a visit.
Mark Kibbey | Jun 6, 2018
Well presented but very small museum. Not a great lot to see. Took about 15min to go round...
BB Jewel | May 23, 2018
It was really good to walk around and explore but there wasn't alot there so hopefully be able to look at more when the new exerbition opens up. But other wise the staff was friendly and the museum was great fun
TERRI WOOD | Jul 24, 2018
This museum is very dishonest. They stole a valuable fossil from my friend. The ice age North Atlantic walrus skull, oldest ever found, changed the scientific philosophy on this creatures age and migration yet they didn’t even mention my friends name, instead claiming it was donated by a caravan holiday site. Please do not visit this museum and allow businesses like this to flourish. We need to boycott shady business practices like this museum.
Craig Gibbons | Jul 23, 2018
rotunda - a round building or room, especially one with a dome. Although the Rotunda museum is small in size and stature, it musters up just as much controversy as a more well known domed building situated somewhere in Rome. And as with many an instance in life the Rotunda appears to conduct itself in the manner of having contracted ‘little man syndrome’. Choosing to methodically and calculatedly bully a fine citizen who faithfully presented them with his astounding find. Had this person have decided to take his find home ‘for keeps’ not only the Rotunda museum, but the whole scientific community would be missing out on an important history changing artifact. I sincerely hope that the way you have behaved will encourage any other discovery to be presented to a more ethical, moral and trustworthy establishment. Shame on you Rotunda. Disappointed does not do mine and many other’s feelings on your treatment of this matter justice.
stephen powell | Jul 23, 2018
It's amazing what you can find at a Haven holiday park these days. Walrus skulls apparently. Your shameful treatment of the chap actually responsible for this amazing find leaves a bad taste.
martin peel | Jul 24, 2018
This place promised to give a extremely rare fossil back to a local man who found it and then didn’t. They then went on to give him no credit for the find and have been ignoring him and the community. Don’t support this place.
Matt Hards | Jul 22, 2018
Very poor and unethical treatment of finders and 'donors' from yourselves. I believe you owe a very public apology and recognition to the thoughtful and generous chap who brought to you his amazing Walrus skull find. Shame on you.
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