The Yorkshire Museum came up in 1830 and has since then has housed collections deemed to be of national and international importance. The Museum has collections dating back to prehistoric times and the artefacts found here are biological, astronomical, archaeological and geological in nature.
Therefore this happens to be a Mecca for nerds of all kind.
- One of the major attractions at the Yorkshire Museum is the Cawood Sword, a Viking Sword almost 1000 years old that was discovered from the River Ouse. A symbol of fine craftsmanship.
- When in Rome… take a journey to Eboracum, or Roman York. Learn about York as it stood before and after the Romans reigned here. Walk where the Romans walked and dress how the Romans dressed.
- The old English Capital on display are some of the most honoured objects that signify York’s crucial importance in English history. It was from York that the northern regions were ruled.
- The museum holds touring exhibitions of some very special and very exclusive artefacts such as Shakespeare’s Fist Folio, one of only four copies in the world that can be accessed by the public.
Some of the archaeological artefacts at Yorkshire Museum are from 500,000 BC. The biological section has an enormous collection of flora and fauna not to mention a large number of insects.
One of the main conditions of constructing a museum on this particular piece of land was that it be surrounded by a botanical garden and so it was. The Museum Gardens are a remarkable treat in their own right.
- Wheelchair access and disabled friendly washrooms available.
- Entry into the museum is free if you hold a York Pass.
- Discounts are available on ticket prices.
- Children under 16 years visiting with a paying adult go free.
- Bus: Exhibition Square (EC) – 6
- Exhibition Square (ED) – 19, 29, 30, 30E, 30X, 31, 31A, 31X, 40
- Bay Horse
- Thomas’ of York
- Costa Coffee
- Pizza Express Restaurants
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7.36% of people who visit York include Yorkshire Museum in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
73.91% of people start their Yorkshire Museum visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Yorkshire Museum
84.21% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Yorkshire Museum
A bit smaller than I thought but overall enjoyed the museum. The 3d feeding 'Alan' was hilarious. The staff were very helpful and friendly and above all else very polite
Lovely reception at the front desk with helpful staff. Loved the Dino-era displays. Layout was a little confusing overall. Maybe a bit lacking in things to see for the entry price. Can easily amuse the family for an hour or so.
Loved the Jurassic exhibition and my children loved feeding the virtual reality dinosaur! Lots of things for the children to interact with too. Staff are super friendly
Great museum. Really hands on and suited kids both big and small (as well as the adults) Dinosaur exhibition definitely worth a visit. Staff were really helpful and friendly. My Max Card holders gain free entry along with their family (which is totally amazing) and the staff are really understanding and accommodating of children with additional needs.
A lovely building and reasonable prices but I was hoping for a lot more. The Jurassic display is very good with some amazing fossils, and I enjoyed seeing the many Roman artifacts but was hoping for a lot more. There is at most an hour's worth of things to see and in a place like York it feels a little lacking. That said, I did enjoy my visit.