Whitby Lifeboat Museum

Once an RNLI lifeboat station, this Victorian double boathouse celebrates Whitby’s award-winning lifeboat history with a treasure trove of paintings, medals, photographs and mementos from famous wrecks and rescues.

Whity RNLI Lifeboat station interior view


About the museum

Lifeboats crewed by the people of Whitby have been helping those in trouble at sea since 1802. In that time, 36 RNLI Medals for Gallantry have been awarded to courageous crew members.

Housed in a double boathouse that was used by the RNLI from 1895–1957,our museum features models, paintings, medals, photographs, crew kit and touching mementos from wrecks and famous rescues, including those involving Coxswains Henry Freeman and Tom Langlands.

The museum is located at the end of Pier Road. Public car parking is available in town. 

Join our Whitby Heritage Crew and help support Whitby RNLI’s lifesaving.

Visit us

Museum address
Whitby Lifeboat Museum
Pier Road
YO21 3PU 

01947 602001


Opening times

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
10am to 4pm

The shop and museum will close on the 23 December 2022. We will open again on the 7th January 2023.
We will open on Saturday and Sunday throughout January (Volunteers Permitting).



Group and school visits are welcome – but please book first