Yorkshire Museum and Gardens

Yorkshire Museum and Gardens
York Museum Gardens
North Yorkshire






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

Yorkshire Museum:

Open daily 10am - 5pm

Closed 25-26 December and 1 January.

York Museum Gardens:

Open daily -
7am – 8pm Summer
7am – 6pm Winter

Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve: 7am – 4pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day & New Year’s Day: 10am – 4pm

Admission charges

Adult: £7.50
Child: FREE with a paying adult

York Museum Gardens admission: FREE

2 For £12 - Visit the Yorkshire Museum and York Castle Museum for just £12

Children under 16 go free with a paying adult - offer does not apply to organised groups or schools.
Free entry for York residents with a valid York Card.
Free entry for wheelchair users plus one carer.

Come Back For Free - all tickets are valid for 12 months at no extra charge, so you can come back as many times as you like for a year.
Tickets are personal and non-transferable so we just need to take your name and address (this information is not passed on or used for marketing purposes) and you may be asked for ID on your return visit. If, for any reason, you don't want to give your name and address, day tickets are available at the same price.

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.

Yorkshire Museum

February Half Term at the Yorkshire Museum

  • 14 — 22 February 2015

Become a Viking and search for buried treasure this February half term at the Yorkshire Museum.

Buried Treasure – Pieces of Eight Trail
Available every day, 10am – 5pm
Follow the clues around the museum to find the pieces of eight. If you are successful then claim your own chocolate treasure!
50 per trail

Metal Detecting
18 – 19 February, 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
What buried treasure will you be able to discover using the museum’s special hand held metal detectors?

Viking Longboats
Every day, 10am – 5pm
Dress as a Viking pirate and make your own mini longboat.

Special Film Screening: How To Train Your Dragon
Saturday 21 February, 3pm
Meet Hiccup the Viking, who befriends a young dragon in this DreamWorks animation from 2010.
Tickets are £5 – purchase at reception. Museum admission is additional.

Craft Dragons
Saturday 21 February, 10am – 5pm
Craft materials will be available in the Learning Labs for budding Vikings to make their own dragon to take home and train!

Suitable for

  • Any age


£7.50 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

Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Day

  • 6 February 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.

No need to book. Museum admission applies.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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



Yorkshire Museum

The Bedale Hoard - Talk

  • 24 February 2015 2-3:30pm

In 2012 metal detectors made an amazing discovery of a hoard made up of Viking silver jewellery and ingots near Bedale. Thanks to generous public donations and grants from funders the Hoard has remained in Yorkshire and undergone conservation. This is a special talk by the Yorkshire Museum’s Curator of Archaeology, with a unique chance to handle the newly conserved and displayed hoard.

£15 per person - includes museum admission.
To book a place ring York Museums Trust on 01904 687633.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£15 per person - includes museum admission. To book a place ring York Museums Trust on 01904 687633.



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?


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.

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.