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The Museum

A Grade II* Listed Building in Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2794 / 54°16'45"N

Longitude: -0.3993 / 0°23'57"W

OS Eastings: 504319

OS Northings: 488265

OS Grid: TA043882

Mapcode National: GBR TLNY.CQ

Mapcode Global: WHGC0.VP1Q

Plus Code: 9C6X7JH2+Q7

Entry Name: The Museum

Listing Date: 22 December 1953

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1273293

English Heritage Legacy ID: 445581

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11

County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough

Town: Scarborough

Electoral Ward/Division: Castle

Built-Up Area: Scarborough

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Scarborough St Mary

Church of England Diocese: York

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Listing Text

The Museum

TA 0488 4/114 22.12.53.


Built in 1828-29 as a museum, then with central rotunda only. This shape suggested
to the Scarborough Philosophical Society, who built the Museum, by William Smith,
the father of English Geology. Architect R H Sharp. Low wings added in 1860.
The central rotunda is of 2 storeys ashlar stone with rusticated ground floor on
moulded plinth, the upper floor articulated with Tuscan pilasters, blind bays alternating
with small windows at attic level between palisters. Moulded entablature and shallow
stone domed roof with stone lantern. The low one storey wings are each of 3 bays
and with segmental bowed ends, each with cornice crowned with stele ornament.
Inside the original exhibition room of the rotunda is on the 1st floor with access
by central spiral staircase, the room is completely fitted with delicately made
original showcases with glazed doors on narrow barsveneered in mahogany, the upper
angled sections with a simple glazing pattern of rectangles and diagonals. A small
second spiral staircase leads to a narrow gallery for upper angled showcases.
There is also a library type steps on wheels, tracked around room. a frieze painted
with examples of geological strata runs round below cornice, coffered dome over
with glazed oculus. A good and unusual building contemporary with The Crescent
Gardens development.

The listed buildings in Museum Terrace form a good group.

Listing NGR: TA0431988265

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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