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York - Museums & Art Galleries 

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones.

Today even most conventional museums including displays which change but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums.

Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Not all the museums and galleries in the York area are listed. Please provide details of any we have missed here.


Art Galleries & Museums


Monk Bar, York, YO1 7LQ
Tel: Mr Mike Bennett on 01904 634191

Opening Times: March - Oct 9.00am - 5.00pm daily.
Nov - Feb 9.30 - 4.00pm daily

Perhaps one of York's best kept secrets is this fascinating Museum situated in York's tallest and most impressive Medieval Gatehouse - Monk Bar.

It is said King Richard added its top storey himself in 1484. Whilst in historic York visit this delightful and charming Museum. For further information on this museum in York see our website.


The Eye of York, York, YO1 9RY
Tel: 01904 687687    Fax: 01904 671078
Opening Times: 9.30 - 5pm daily

York Castle Museum is world-famous for its fascinating exhibits that bring memories to life. Walk through Victorian streets and shops of old York, experience the everyday life of the past 300 years and venture into Dick Turpin's cell.


Micklegate, York, YO1 1JX
Tel: Mr. David Mason on 01904 634436

For 800 years Micklegate Bar has stood sentinel to the city of York.

Visit this ancient gateway and witness the pageantry and barbaric history that has unfolded within these walls.

The museum portrays a civil and social insight into the history of York.

Discounts available for other York attractions.


For further information on this museum in York see our website.

Open daily
: 1st Feb to 31st Oct, 9am - 5pm. 1st Nov to 31st Jan, weekends only, 9am - Dusk.


Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW
Tel: 01904 687687    Fax: 01904 697966
Open: Daily 10am - 5pm

Experience the world through oil and canvas, watercolours and ceramics. Walk through galleries spanning six hundred years from the time of the War of the Roses right up to the present day. Welcome to the free York Art Gallery. York Art Gallery is a part of York Museums Trust. Events for families during holidays.


Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7FR
Tel: 01904 687687       Fax: 01904 687674

Opening Times: Daily 10am - 5pm. Discover over 1,000 years of Yorkshire heritage at the Yorkshire Museum.

Take a journey through time and discover the Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking and Medieval treasure of York and Yorkshire. Don't miss our exciting touring exhibitions throughout the year.


Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
Tel: 08448 153139     Fax: 08448 153404

For a fantastic free day out in York visit the award winning National Railway Museum.

Explore our three giant halls full of trains and railway legends including Mallard the world's fastest steam locomotive, the iconic Japanese Bullet Train and the Chinese locomotive, one of the largest steam engines ever built in Britain.




Discover the Museum's hidden treasures in Search Engine, our library and archive centre.

Watch the engines move on the turntable, admire the stunning Royal Carriages and take a trip on our miniature railway.

With daily demonstrations, loads of interactive exhibits, a special event programme and FREE museum admission, enjoy action-packed fun for the whole family.

For further details please visit the National Railway Museum website.


Murton Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5UF
Tel: 01904 489966
Open: March - October, 10am-5pm. November - February, 10am-4pm

Murton Park covers 10 acres and includes: The Yorkshire Museum of Farming - farm tools and domestic equipment from Victorian to 1950/1960's. Brigantium Roman Fort, Danelaw Dark Age Village. Derwent Valley Light Valley Railway (Sunday and Bank Holiday only). Cafe and Gift Shop.


Halifax Way, Elvington, York
Tel: 01904 608595       Fax: 01904 608246

Opening Times: Summer, 10am - 5pm. Winter, 10am - 3.30pm.

Unique award winning museum based on authentic WWII Bomber Command Station.

Tremendous atmosphere with fascinating exhibitions including restored Control Tower, Memorial Gardens and Rooms, Air Gunners' display, Airborne Forces Museum and much more.


The impressive collection of aircraft includes a restored WWII Halifax bomber. Modern jets including Harrier GR3 and Tornado GR4.

Diane Thornton -

Farthings Studio, 1 The Vale, Skelton, York, YO30 1YH
Tel: 01904 470311    Fax: 01904 470311

Online Art Gallery featuring the work of well known York artist Diane Thornton.

Archaeological Resource Centre

St. Saviours Church, St. Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NQ
Tel: 01904 543403    Fax: 01904 627097

Become an archaeological detective... what was life really like in Viking times? Explore a Viking’s rubbish pit, handle genuine 1000-year old bones, pottery, bits of leather shoe, beautifully carved antler hair-combs - even ice-skates, and guided by your own experienced archaeologist. Open all year for school groups.

Impressions Gallery of Photography

29 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN
Tel: 01904 654724    Fax: 01904 651509

Located in a beautiful Georgian Townhouse, the Gallery shows a changing programme of innovative contemporary photographic and new media installation work by British and international artists. Attached is a lively conservatory cafe serving light lunches and excellent cakes and coffee. Open Monday to Saturday all year 10am - 6pm. (5.30pm in Winter).

Eden Camp

Off A64 Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6RT
Tel: 01653 697777

A visit to Eden Camp will transport you back to wartime Britain. You will experience the sights, sounds and even smells of those dangerous years. This multi award-winning Museum is constructed in the huts of an original Prisoner of War Camp built in 1942. Allow 4 hours plus for a visit.

The Bar Convent Museum

17 Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AQ
Tel: 01904 643238    Fax: 01904 631792

An elegant Georgian building which provides an excellent setting in which to enjoy a conference, business meeting or informal get-together. A perfect venue for fashion shows or concerts which are programmed to take place periodically during the year. The chapel is used daily by the Community; there is a weekly Mass and weddings and christenings may be arranged through the usual channels. Open April to November Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. Closed Christmas, January and Easter.

Minster Fine Art Gallery

The Old Convent, The Queen's Path (alongside York Minster), 7 Minster Yard,
York, YO1 7JD
Tel: 01904 658721
Open: Thu to Mon - 11am to 6pm & Sun 12 to 4pm

Minster Fine Art Gallery is in a listed medieval/Georgian house - formerly 'The Old Convent' - in a stunning location alongside York Minster at the historic heart of the city. The ground floor reception and refectory rooms of this house-gallery are now unique exhibition spaces showing original collectable works by established professional local, regional and national artists - including RA names such as Norman Adams and Sandra Blow - alongside emerging talent. Paintings, monoprints, sculpture and studio ceramics are represented in a programme of changing exhibitions which complement works by the gallery's permanent artists, in the tranquil and atmospheric gallery rooms, each looking directly onto the south face of York Minster. All work is original and priced between £40 to £4,000, and is available to purchase interest-free with the Arts Council's 'own art' credit scheme.

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