York Castle Museum
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.
Exhibition: 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.
Museum, Castle or defences, Heritage site
York Castle Museum is open daily from 9.30am until 5pm, except 25 and 26 December and 1 January, and will be closing at 2.30pm on 24 and 31 December.
Adult: £10.00 (25 years + over)
*Access Ticket - £5
**Child (16 and under) - Free (16 and under)
York Card Holders - Free (subject to a valid York Card)
Wheelchair user plus one carer – FREE
Group rates are available for groups of 10+. For further details please contact Group Bookings on 01904 687633.
Come Back For Free:
Tickets purchased before 22.05.15 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 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.
*Access Tickets: Up to 50% discount for visitors aged 17-24 or in receipt of Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobs Seekers Allowance, Pension Credit or Income Support. Evidence of support may be required.
**Maximum four children per adult, additional children will be charged at £4.50 per child.
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.
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
A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes
- 13 July 2018 — 28 April 2019 *on now
Discover the beauty, innovation and artistry of Vivienne Westwood shoes in a brand new exhibition showcasing the cutting-edge footwear of this pioneering British fashion designer.
A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes showcases Vivienne Westwood’s iconic footwear through the years. This includes the Seditionaries boot from the punk era of the 1970’s and Westwood’s more avant-garde collections shown on the runways in Paris, such as the infamous Super-elevated Gillie’s of the 1990s, the same design which Naomi Campbell famously fell from in Westwood’s Gold Label Autumn-Winter 1993 show titled – Anglomania.
These iconic styles will be shown alongside the more recent Vivienne Westwood footwear collections, highlighting Westwood’s continued unparalleled approach to footwear and her defiance of the rules of wearability and convention.
To complement A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes, Dame Vivienne Westwood has selected shoes from York Castle Museum’s historic collections. The selection, ranging from the 18th century to the present day, includes a pair of hand-made Georgian satin shoes that are nearly three hundred years old, Edwardian boots designed by François Pinet, one of the most coveted shoemakers of his day and a pair of Christian Dior court shoes designed by Roger Vivier, the creator of the stiletto heel.
A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes is a touring exhibition from The Civic, Barnsley.
- Family friendly
Included in the cost of museum admission.
Museum of Broken Relationships
- 22 March 2019 — 22 March 2020
Always heartfelt, sometimes humorous and often deeply moving, the collections from the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia, will be enriched with objects from York’s collections which illustrate a key moment in a relationship breaking down.
It will consider this from a national level, such as the divisions caused by war, religion and politics, but also include those individual stories which say something much more personal about how we all cope when love falls apart.
The exhibition will also feature new stories brought together especially for the exhibition through an appeal to local communities.
Included with general admission
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 email@example.com 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.
First World War self led Arts Award resource (Discover)
A self led resource to use around the galleries at York Castle Museum, especially the WW1 exhibition '1914:When the World Changed Forever' which will enable visitors to gain their Arts Award at Discover level.
- York Theatre Royal in partnership with York Museums Trust
How to obtain
Can be bought for £5 at York Castle Museum admissions desk. This will cover the cost of your Arts Award Certificate (Discover level) and postage etc
Toys Through Time
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.
- This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.
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