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"
Here you can learn about local heritage, get a
feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they
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.
YORK CASTLE MUSEUM
The Eye of York, York, YO1 9RY
Tel: 01904 687687 Fax:
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
MICKLEGATE BAR MUSEUM
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
For further information on this museum in York see
Open daily: 1st Feb
to 31st Oct, 9am - 5pm. 1st Nov to 31st Jan,
weekends only, 9am - Dusk.
YORK ART GALLERY
Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW
Tel: 01904 687687 Fax:
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
Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7FR
Tel: 01904 687687
Fax: 01904 687674
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
NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM
Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
Tel: 08448 153139 Fax:
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
Discover the Museum's hidden treasures in
Search Engine, our library and archive
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.
YORKSHIRE MUSEUM OF
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
YORKSHIRE AIR MUSEUM
Halifax Way, Elvington, York
Tel: 01904 608595
Fax: 01904 608246
Summer, 10am - 5pm. Winter, 10am - 3.30pm.
Unique award winning
museum based on authentic WWII Bomber Command
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
Diane Thornton -
Farthings Studio, 1 The Vale, Skelton, York,
Tel: 01904 470311 Fax:
Online Art Gallery featuring the work of well
known York artist Diane Thornton.
St. Saviours Church, St. Saviourgate, York, YO1
Tel: 01904 543403 Fax:
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
29 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN
Tel: 01904 654724 Fax:
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).
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:
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
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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