York Museums Trust

York Museums Trust
St. Mary's Lodge
North Yorkshire
YO30 7DR






01904 687687

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York Museums Trust is an independent charitable trust which manages York Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum and Gardens, and York Art Gallery. The buildings and their contents are owned by the City of York Council, which has agreed to long-term funding of the Trust. Our Chair is Denise Jagger, and our Chief Executive is Janet Barnes.

The entire holdings of this museum group are Designated Collections of national importance.

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The collections of York Museums Trust are all Designated Collections of national importance.

They can be seen at Yorkshire Museum, York Castle Museum, and York Art Gallery.

York, one of England's best-loved historic cities, has housed museums since 1821 when the Yorkshire Museum was founded. The rich collections which York Museums have amassed since then range widely from archaeology, biology, geology and numismatics at the Yorkshire Museums through fine art at York Art Gallery to social history, costumes and textiles, and military history at the Castle Museum; ceramics are held by all three institutions.

Outstanding exhibitions include Anglo-Saxon and Viking metalwork, Romanesque sculpture, fossil marine reptiles, and paintings by Parmigianino, Bellotto, Hogarth and Nash, while Kirkgate, the famous reconstructed Victorian Street that provides the core of the Castle Museum, is a milestone in the history of museums.

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Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Grayson Perry In Conversation

  • 15 May 2014 6-6:45pm

Amazing chance to see Turner prize winning artist Grayson Perry CBE discussing art, collections and teddy bears in York. A video of the conversation will be played to later in the evening.

Free but booking essential. Please bring your ticket.


Free but booking essential. Book your place via York Museums Trust website.



Grayson Perry

Meet the Museum Bears with Grayson Perry

  • 15 May 2014 5:30-9pm

Bears from across the collections of York Museums Trust meet once a year, when the Great Bear is high in the southern sky.

They scamper around the Museum after it has closed, playing hide-and-seek amongst the exhibits. Then they dance amongst the champion trees in the York Museum Gardens and wait for the Great Bear to appear so they can say hello to him through the York Observatory telescope.

Where will each bear hide and what stories will they tell one another whilst they wait for the stars to shine?

Bring your bear and a picnic. Join us for a special evening of stories, making and hide and seek. With special guests, Grayson Perry (an artist) and Alan Measles (his bear).
FREE! No need to book.

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  • Family friendly


Yorkshire Museum
Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7FR
North Yokrshire