Yorkshire Museum and Gardens

Yorkshire Museum
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The Yorkshire Museum sits in the heart of York Museum Gardens, in the centre of York. The museum was opened in 1830 by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society and was one of the first purpose-built museums in the country.

Housing some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe, the Yorkshire Museum is the ideal first port of call for any trip to York. From prehistory to the city's medieval splendour, see the whole story in our fantastic galleries.

Walk on a genuine Roman mosaic floor, kneel at St William's medieval shrine, see the monsters of the deep that swam when Yorkshire was beneath the sea - and all in the heart of the city.

Finally - immerse yourself in the story of England's other capital, all brought to life with the latest digital technology in a spectacular film show in our auditorium.

Venue Type:

Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

We are open daily from 10am – 5pm, except for 25 and 26 December, and 1 January. We close early on 24 and 31 December.

The gardens are open daily from 7.30am, with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. From late October until late March, they close at 6pm, and during the summer months they open later into the evening.

The observatory is open Thursdays and Saturdays, 11.30am – 2.30pm.

Admission charges

Adult: £7.50
*Access Ticket: £4
**Child (16 and under): FREE with a paying adult

Come Back For Free!
Tickets purchased before 22 May 2015 are valid for 12 months at no extra charge. Tickets are non-transferable so we need to take your name and address, and you will be asked for ID on your return. If you don't want to give your details, day tickets are available at the same price. Please check our website for further information and updates.

Group rates are available for groups of 10+. For further details please contact Group Bookings on 01904 687633.

*Access Tickets: up to 50% discount for visitors aged 17-24 or in receipt of Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance, Pension Credit, or Income Support. Evidence may be required. For further details please visit www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk
**Maximum 4 children per adult. Additional children will be charged at £4 per child.

The entire collections of Yorkshire Museum & Gardens are Designated Collections of national importance.

The collections cover numismatics, archaeological finds from Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, and Medieval times, biology, geology and studio pottery.

Collection details

Religion, Natural Sciences, Coins and Medals, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Capital of the North

Capital of the North

  • 5 March 2013 — 31 December 2016 *on now

In the medieval kingdoms of Britain, the north was ruled from York. Anglian kings were baptised in its churches, Viking warriors plotted their southern raids and the Normans cruelly stamped their authority on the masses. From the ravages of war the city went on to flourish in a golden age of innovation, religion and trade.

Featuring some of the most prestigious and significant medieval objects ever found in Britain and exploring the lives of some of the most powerful people of the period, this new exhibition will tell the extraordinary story of how great swathes of the country were once ruled from within York's walls.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Exhibition included in Yorkshire Museum admission.

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Ideas and Evidence in Science: The Kirkdale Cave


How scientists work today and how they worked in the past, including the roles of experimentation, evidence and creative thought in the development of scientific ideas. Includes video of curators talking about Hyena poo!


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Alien Species in Britain, Friend or Foe?


This learning journey looks at the different plants and animals not native to Britain, and aims to teach children about the habitats that they live in.


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Yorkshire Museum and Gardens
York Museum Gardens
North Yorkshire






01904 687687

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