Yorkshire Museum and Gardens

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

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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

Admission

Exhibition included in Yorkshire Museum admission.

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.
Yorkshire Museum

Life Class - Working from the Model

  • 7 — 8 March 2015 10:30am-3:30pm

Laraine Simpson, our experienced artist and tutor, will guide you through your own experiments with OPAQUES techniques and the use of colour in painting the nude figure. Although primarily a painting workshop, we will also use other drawing media, such as pencils, oil pastels, etc.

£30 per person
For more information please visit www.yortime.org.uk or phone 01904 552806
or email york.learning@york.gov.uk

Admission

£30 per person

Website

http://www.yortime.org.uk

Yorkshire Museum

Mother's Day - Silver Bangles

  • 8 March 2015 10am-12pm

Dads, daughters, sons and Mums – spend some time together looking at the Yorkshire Museum’s star objects for inspiration to make your mum or loved one something to treasure this Mothers Day. Work alongside textile artist Griselda Goldsbrough to create a bracelet in fabric, buttons and beads.

£4 per child. Free for holders of a valid York Card. Museum admission applies.
To book a place please ring York Museums Trust on 01904 687633.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4 per child. Museum admission applies.

Website

http://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

Yorkshire Museum

Medieval Easter at the Yorkshire Museum

  • 28 March — 12 April 2015

Discover how Easter was celebrated in the fifteenth century at the Yorkshire Museum this holiday.

Medieval Egg Hunt
Every day, 10am – 5pm
Can you find all the hidden eggs in the Museum?

Celebrations in ‘Stained Glass’ – family craft activity
Every day, 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
Join us this holiday as we continue our theme of Fifteenth century celebrations. Drop in and create your own ‘stained glass window,’ an activity for all ages. All craft materials supplied!

Medieval Celebrations
Friday 3 April – Monday 6 April, 11am – 4pm
Discover how festivals and holidays were celebrated in the fifteenth century over a long weekend of special demonstrations and activities, including cookery, dancing, tournament training and sword fighting.

Celebrations in 15th Century York
Various dates throughout Easter*
Discover how people celebrated festivals and special occasions, including Easter, during the reign of Richard III. This is a volunteer led activity, with chance to handle museum objects.
*Please note that as this a volunteer-led activity it may not be available every day.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Activities included in museum admission unless otherwise stated.

Museum admission:
Adult: £7.50
Child: Free with a paying adult (up to 4 children)

Website

http://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

Yorkshire Museum

Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Day

  • 3 April 2015 10am-1pm

Have you found an archaeological object that you would like to find out more about? If so then bring your finds for identification and if they are more than 300 years old, have them recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

FREE EVENT
No need to book. Museum admission applies.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free event, no need to book. Museum admission applies.

Website

http://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

Yorkshire Museum

Capturing Spring Flowers

  • 18 April 2015 10:30am-4:30pm

A botanical illustration workshop with tutor, Bridget Gillespie, working in watercolour and from fresh specimens. Please bring your own materials - materials list will be sent with booking confirmation. This event is in partnership with the Laurence Sterne Trust at Shandy Hall.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£25 per person - includes museum admission.
To book please contact York Museums Trust on 01904 687633.

Website

http://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

Yorkshire Museum

Capturing Spring Flowers - a botanical illustration workshop with Bridget Gillespie

  • 18 April 2015 10:30am-4:30pm

Bridget has been a Botanical Illustrator for over 19 years after taking a degree in Graphic Design. A request to paint a friend's wedding bouquet led to a botanical specialism. Bridget has exhibited work in Cambridge, Essex, Durham, London and Yorkshire and has gained 2 Gold Medals from the RHS who have also purchased several pieces for their historic collection.

We will be working in watercolour and from fresh specimens. Please bring your own materials - materials list will be sent with booking confirmation.

This event is in partnership with York Museums Trust

Suitable for Adults age 16+

Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Location: Learning Lab, Yorkshire Museum

Suitable for

  • 16-17

Admission

Cost: £25.00 (excluding materials)

Numbers limited to 10

TO BOOK RING YORK MUSEUMS TRUST - 01904 687687

Yorkshire Museum

Richard III: The Image of a King

  • 21 April 2015 2-3:30pm

Did the image reflect the man? Join curators from the Yorkshire Museum to discover how York’s favourite king was portrayed to the masses in art and on coinage. Talk will include a handling session.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5 per person - museum admission is additional.
To book a place ring York Museums Trust on 01904 687633.

Website

http://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

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.
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