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Begin a new journey with York Museums Trust

York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum is of Europe’s top museums where everyday items bring nostalgic memories flooding back - from wedding dresses to wartime ration books, dolls houses to old fashioned sweets.

Go back to the 19th century and explore, Kirkgate, the museum’s famous recreated Victorian street. In summer 2012 Kirkgate was expanded – offering a larger glimpse of life in Victorian York. New alleyways have been created and new shops, such as a chemist and cocoa rooms.

Head for The Sixties gallery and swing back to a time when the skirts – and the cars – were mini. Or do time the old fashioned way in the museum’s original 18th century cells. Learn about the building’s fascinating history, see the cramped conditions the inmates were kept in and hear about the characters that were sent there – such as the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin.

New for 2013

The new Toy Sories display takes visitors on a trip back to childhood, featuring a wide range of fantastic toys from the last 150 years.

Yorkshire Museum and Gardens

Make the Yorkshire Museum and Gardens your first port of call in York and explore the fascinating early history of the city – the Capital of the North.
Visitors can marvel at the might of the Romans, the power of the Vikings and the wealth and romance of the medieval period which are brought to life following a £2 million investment in 2010 which totally transformed the interior of this remarkable building.

Immerse yourself amongst stunning jewels, exquisite statues and deadly weapons as you learn in different ways about York’s incredible past, and then take an adventure through hundreds of millions of years of life and death on earth in the Extinct gallery.

The new look museum also includes a learning level and a stunning audio visual introduction to the History of York in our 300 seat auditorium.

New for 2013

Capital of the North, will explore the lives of some of the most powerful people of the period and tell the extraordinary story of how great swathes of the country were ruled from within York's walls during Medieval times.

York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery is currently closed for an £8 million development which will create more than 60 per cent more exhibition space and establish a Centre for British Studio ceramics.

The development will create a suite of three galleries to show more ambitious and high profile exhibitions, the creation of double the existing learning space and a new art gallery gardens, which will link to the existing York Museum Gardens.

A newly built first floor South Gallery and a new gallery in the original Victorian roof space will become the home for the gallery’s nationally important ceramic collections.

The gallery will reopen in Easter 2015.

York St Mary’s

York St Mary’s is York Art Gallery’s contemporary arts space. The beautiful deconsecrated church is now used to host a wide range of new and exciting art exhibitions and installations.

New for 2013

This year the exhibitions include an installation by Julian Stair, one of the country’s most respected potters (from May 10 – July 7). His show will be inspired by the collections of York Museums trust and include pots dating back thousands of years. Julian will create new work responding to this.

From July 26 – November 10 Tate’s ARTIST ROOMS will be on show, showcasing works by Bruce Nauman. Nauman rose to prominence in the 1960s working across a broad spectrum of different media including sculpture, film and video, neon, installation, photography and performance.

For more information about all the attractions, telephone 01904 687687 or visit

Notes to editors:

Yorkshire Museum
Adult- £7.50, Child - Free*, Under 5s – Free, Concessions - £6.50, Residents with a York Card - Free
* Children go free with one paying adult. Offer does not apply to organised groups.

York Castle Museum
Admission: Adult - £8.50, Child - Free, Under 5s – Free, Concessions £7.50, York Card – Free.
* Children go free with one paying adult. Offer does not apply to organised groups.

York St Mary’s
Free to all


For more information, photographs or to arrange a visit or interview, please contact Lee Clark, media co-ordinator, on: (01904) 687673