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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.

Exterior of Whitby RNLI Shop

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 custom-built double boathouse that was used by the RNLI from 1895–1957, our museum displays the RNLB Robert & Ellen Robson lifeboat which was built in 1918 housed on a Victorian Launching Carriage. The Museum displays models, paintings, medals, photographs, crew kit and touching mementos from wrecks and famous rescues, including those involving Coxswains Henry Freeman and Thomas Langlands.

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


You can explore the fascinating story told in our museum, and learn about the lifeboats, crew, and rescues of Whitby over the years by clicking below.

Whitby Lifeboat Station History

Visit us

Museum address
Whitby Lifeboat Museum
Pier Road
YO21 3PU 

01947 602001

[email protected]


Summer opening times

10am - 4pm



Tuesday - Saturday
10am - 4pm



Group and school visits are welcome – but please book first via email.