Price of admission – FREE / Donation box near door
Time to look around – 20mins – 2 hours dependent on activities
Scarborough Art Gallery has had a fascinating history; this Italianate villa is the finest building situated in Scarborough’s beautiful Crescent gardens. The Crescent was designed in 1823 as part of the massive building programme in Victorian Scarborough. The Art Gallery was built in the late 1840s by the Uppleby family; neighbours included Lord and Lady Londesborough at Londesborough Lodge and Sir George Sitwell and family at Woodend who used these houses as holiday homes. Later it was known as ‘Broxholme’ and had a number of owners. When solicitor Henry Donner bought it in 1924 he renamed it ‘Crescent House’. Scarborough Corporation acquired the building after his death in 1942, and in 1947 it opened as the Art Gallery.
The gallery houses our permanent collection which has been built up over sixty years through gifts, bequests and purchases to reflect the eclectic mix of the community and the cultural heritage of Scarborough.
The Scarborough Art Gallery is a relevantly small Gallery compared to larger cities, but still has a few exhibits on rotation throughout the year. Including events aimed at children to help expanded their artistic abilities. It’s in close proximity to the Rotunda Museum, so if you’re down that way you may aswell pop into the Scarborough Art Gallery. They even have an area that you can sit down in and have a drink and read a book.