York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum
The Eye of York
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 9RY
England

Website

www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

E-mail

castle.museum@ymt.org.uk

Telephone

01904 687687

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York Castle Museum
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Come and see hundreds of years of York's history in one place – from recreated Jacobean dining rooms to infamous Victorian criminals and all the way to the Space Age and the swinging Sixties.

There's something for everyone this year at York Castle Museum. Our interactive galleries hold thousands of historic objects that really bring the past to life, and our new exhibitions for 2014 promise fascinating displays and innovative new ways of learning about York's past.

Don’t forget that kids go free with a paying adult – it's the perfect family day out.

New exhibition - 1914: When the World Changed Forever. York Castle Museum's stunning new exhibition brings First World War to life like never before, on its hundredth anniversary.

For further details see www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences, Heritage site

Opening hours

Open Daily 9:30am - 5:00pm

Closed: 25 & 26 December, 1 January

Admission charges

Adult: £9.50
Child: FREE with a paying adult

2 For £12 - Visit York Castle Museum and the Yorkshire 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 collection of York Castle Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

It houses some of the country's finest collections of costume, textiles, military and social history. Kirkgate, the famous reconstructed Victorian Street that provides the core of the Castle Museum, is a milestone in the history of museums.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Science and Technology, Personalities, Music, Medicine, Land Transport, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Agriculture

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Toy Stories

Toy Stories

  • 23 February 2013 — 31 December 2016 *on now

Take a trip back to your childhood and rediscover some of your favourite toys in this new exhibition.

Bikes, bath toys, computer games, Lego and beautiful handmade dolls are among the toys on show from the last 150 years so you can pick out your favourites and share stories with family and friends.

Play together in our exciting Castle inspired play area or head off on the teddy bear trail for children around the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult: £8.50
Concession: £7.50

Website

http://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

From Cradle To Grave

From Cradle to Grave

  • 1 August 2013 — 1 August 2016 *on now

This exhibition focuses on the history of three rites of passage - birth, marriage and death.

Visitors can see examples of many of the nursery and childcare items used during the last three hundred years including cradles, christening gifts and some superb christening gowns.

Outfits from our collection of wedding clothes make a centrepiece for our weddings theme, together with wedding gifts, trousseau items, and even a Victorian wedding cake.

An Edwardian hearse forms a dramatic centrepiece to the displays about death. There are mourning clothes and jewellery, a funeral biscuit, and coffin furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Admission

£8.50/£7.50 (free for under-16s)

The Sixties

The Sixties

  • 1 August 2013 — 1 August 2016 *on now

The Sixties aims to recreate the spirit of this exciting decade which saw momentous change in so many areas of public and private life.

The gallery uses fascinating and iconic objects from the social history, art, fashion, military and astronomy collections to bring back the atmosphere of change which swept over the country during the 1960s. Highlights include a Lambretta scooter, a Dansette record player, Beatles singles and fashion by Mary Quant.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8.50/£7.50 (free for under-16s)

York Castle Prison

York Castle Prison

  • 1 August 2013 — 1 August 2016 *on now

Come and see York Castle Prison's infamous residents and fascinating history brought to life in our special exhibition. Experience a brutal and crooked prison system and meet our most notorious prisoner: the legendary highwayman, Dick Turpin.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£8.50/£7.50 (free for under-16s)

1914: When the World Changed Forever

1914: When the World Changed Forever

  • 28 June 2014 — 31 December 2018 *on now

The terror of total war and its revolutionary impact on life around the world will be explored in this major new exhibition marking the centenary of the First World War.

From the pre-war golden age of peace and prosperity visitors will be sent to the recruitment office and travel via train to the horrors of the front line - from rats to foot rot, shell shock to gas warfare. Back home, daily life in Britain was changing beyond recognition while around the world millions would die as Europe's empires clashed in the first truly global conflict.

The exhibition opens on June 28th - 100 years to the day that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, which then sparked a chain of events which led to the outbreak of war.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Exhibition included in York Castle Museum admission.

Website

http://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

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.
A Victoian inspired Father Christmas

Christmas at the Castle

  • 27 November — 24 December 2014 *on now

Take a trip to Christmases past at York Castle Museum this winter and have a nostalgic look at festive traditions from yesteryear.
Take a stroll down our decorated Victorian street Kirkgate to the sound of carols and look at the gifts and cards they would have sent.
On select days meet Father Christmas, Scrooge and Mr Tackleton the Toy Merchant, the Dickens character who hates children almost as much as he hates making toys- until his heart is melted by festive cheer!
Special festive events and activities include fondant chocolate making with Sophie Jewett from York Cocoa House and willow and cane weaving. Meanwhile children can make baubles and bunting or festive gingerbread animals.
For the first time this year the museum will also open on certain evenings for a magical and unique Victorian Christmas Experience for all the family. Meet the people of Kirkgate as they prepare for Christmas and seek out all of the presents on the list - if you find them all there is a very special festive person waiting to greet you.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9.50 adults; York Residenst go Free with a valid York Card; Under 16's go free with a paying adult.

The Recreated Victorian Street, Kirkgate, in York Castle Museum

A Victorian Christmas Experience

  • 16 — 20 December 2014 *on now

A unique and magical Christmas evening for all the family in our recreated Victorian street, Kirkgate.

Meet the people of Victorian York as they make their Christmas preparations, find the items on your Christmas shopping list, learn about Victorian Christmas traditions, and join in with singing carols – if you sing loud enough then Father Christmas might just make an appearance!

£7.50 per child and £6 per adult

Price includes museum admission, shopping list gifts, present from Father Christmas for children, and coffee and mince pies (juice and biscuits for children).

Ticketed event – to book a place please ring York Museums Trust on 01904 687633.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£7.50 per child, £6 per adult

Website

http://www.yorkmuseumstrust.org.uk

York Castle Museum

Votes For Women! - talk by Lucy Adlington

  • 6 February 2015 6-7:45pm

Join us on Kirkgate, our recreated Victorian Street in York Castle Museum, for a very special evening on the theme of Suffragettes, with Lucy Adlington and Meridith Towne of History Wardrobe. From hobble skirts to flapper fashion, the history of the fight for the vote is made vivid through beautiful costumes and lively readings from the Edwardian age and the 1920s - a time of extraordinary political changes and remarkable personal histories. With stirring stories of daring stunts and ju-jitsu suffragettes, this talk will leave you wanting to march on Westminster!

£10 per person
Early booking is essential.
To book a place ring York Museums Trust on 01904 687633.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10 per person - early booking is essential.

Website

http://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

York Castle Museum

LGBT History Roadshow: Bringing History Out of the Closet

  • 7 February 2015 1-4pm

Come along and share stories, memories, keepsakes and objects with curators and archivists to help us understand the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender history of York.
This event is in collaboration with York City Archives to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender History Month.

FREE EVENT
No need to book. Museum admission applies.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free event - no need to book

Website

http://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

York Castle Museum

February Half Term at York Castle Museum

  • 14 — 22 February 2015

Discover the history of the fight for women's right to vote this February half term at York Castle Museum.

Votes For Women!
Every day, Kirkgate, 10am – 4pm
Discover the history of the fight for women’s right to vote at the museum this half term. Put on a sash (or opt for a policeman’s helmet!) and join our Suffragette on Kirkgate, the museum’s Victorian Street, where you will march with placards, demonstrate, and protest for your cause. Be careful you don’t get arrested by the street’s Policeman!

Create at the Castle
Every day, 10am – 5pm
Suffragette themed family art and crafts activities.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9.50 museum admission

Website

http://www.yorkcastlemuseum.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.

Bitter Sweet History - aspects of the British Slave Trade

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=260

Recognising how important the slave trade was to Britain and focussing on goods such as sugar which were related to the movement of slaves and their work on the plantations, also contains resources to support the teaching of the issues around Fair Trade and the many forms of slavery which still exist today.

Publisher

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

Everyday Life in Victorian York

“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times...”
Pupils experience opposite ends of Victorian society as they take a Grand Tour through the museum. To get an appreciation of the opportunities and limitations of the 19th century class system, all pupils will try their hand at doing the laundry, receive a short, sharp lesson in the Victorian schoolroom, explore the shops, businesses and factories in Kirkgate with a Gentleman guide and help make butter to be taken back to school.

How to obtain

Call 01904 650333 or email groupbookings@ymt.org.uk to book a 2 hour session, available 29 June-3 July 2009. Price £90 per class of 30. Visit www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/Page/WorkshopProgramme.aspx for more information.

Toys Through Time

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=261

A resource about toys past and present focusing on how toys move, and the materials from which they are made. There is a quiz at the end which can be used to reinforce what children have learned.

Publisher

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