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.
Viking flat stone object in the shape of a face with three holes in the middle and lines drawn on it

Viking: Rediscover the Legend

  • 19 May — 5 November 2017 *on now

Two of the most significant and internationally recognised collections of Viking Age treasure in Britain will be brought together for the first time in a major new exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum in 2017.
Featuring some of the most exciting Anglo-Saxon and Viking discoveries ever made, the exhibition will explore how the Vikings transformed life in Britain.
Star objects from the British Museum will feature alongside the Yorkshire Museum’s world class collections and will be interpreted in new ways to give a fresh perspective on how Vikings shaped every aspect of life in Britain.
It will also feature ground-breaking research by archaeologists and new discoveries by metal-detectorists which will challenge our perceptions of what it means to be Viking.
The exhibition will open at the Yorkshire Museum and then tour to the University of Nottingham Museum, The Atkinson, Southport, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Norwich Castle Museum, dates to be announced shortly.

Admission

Included in the cost of museum admission

Website

https://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk/exhibition/viking-rediscover-the-legend/

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.
Viking hoard of metal objects

Photographing the Vikings with John Illingworth

  • 2 July 2017 1:30-4:30pm

Get the most out of your camera with professional photographer John Illingworth. Spend time on gallery before a unique opportunity to privately view and photograph authentic Viking artefacts that are currently not on display. Numbers are strictly limited to allow plenty of time with the tutor and exclusive access to the artefacts.
You will need to bring your own camera and a tripod.

Admission

£30 per person. Bookable via Eventbrite. See York Museums Trust website for details.

Website

https://www.yorkmuseumstrust.org.uk/whats-on/events/photography-with-john-illingworth/

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.

Alien Species in Britain, Friend or Foe?

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=499

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.

Publisher

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

Ideas and Evidence in Science: The Kirkdale Cave

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=49

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!

Publisher

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

Yorkshire Museum and Gardens
York Museum Gardens
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 7FR
England

Website

www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

E-mail

yorkshire.museum@ymt.org.uk

Telephone

01904 687687

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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