York Museums Trust

The York Museums Trust Bear

York Museums Trust is an independent charitable trust which manages York Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum and Gardens, and York Art Gallery. The buildings and their contents are owned by the City of York Council, which has agreed to long-term funding of the Trust. Our Chair is Denise Jagger, and our Chief Executive is Janet Barnes.

The entire holdings of this museum group are Designated Collections of national importance.

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The collections of York Museums Trust are all Designated Collections of national importance.

They can be seen at Yorkshire Museum, York Castle Museum, and York Art Gallery.

York, one of England's best-loved historic cities, has housed museums since 1821 when the Yorkshire Museum was founded. The rich collections which York Museums have amassed since then range widely from archaeology, biology, geology and numismatics at the Yorkshire Museums through fine art at York Art Gallery to social history, costumes and textiles, and military history at the Castle Museum; ceramics are held by all three institutions.

Outstanding exhibitions include Anglo-Saxon and Viking metalwork, Romanesque sculpture, fossil marine reptiles, and paintings by Parmigianino, Bellotto, Hogarth and Nash, while Kirkgate, the famous reconstructed Victorian Street that provides the core of the Castle Museum, is a milestone in the history of museums.

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York Museums Trust
St. Mary's Lodge
North Yorkshire
YO30 7DR






01904 687687

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