Housing some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe, the Yorkshire Museum, is the ideal first port of call for any trip to York.
From prehistory to the Romans, Vikings and the city's medieval splendour, see the whole story in our fantastic galleries. Marvel at Medieval treasures, including the stunning Middleham jewel, discover the incredible findings unearthed at Star Carr, Britain's most important mesolithic site and follow the footsteps of pioneering geologist William Smith with this map that changed the world.
Walk on a genuine Roman mosaic floor and explore galleries packed with outstanding Roman artefacts, including the World Newton Hoard; the largest Roman hoard of its kind found in England, the statue of Mars; the best existing example of a Roman Statue in the country, and the marble head of Constantine the Great.
Inspect the finest details of an ichthyosaur and see the oldest true sauropod remains ever found in the UK in the major exhibition: Yorkshire's Jurassic World. From the depths of the deepest seas to the ancient coasts and tropical shallows; meet the dinosaurs and sea dragons that once roamed our vast and ever-changing landscapes - brought to life using the latest research and ground-breaking technology.
NEW FOR 2021
Richard III COMING HOME
9 July – 31 October 2021
The world-famous late 16th century portrait of Richard III goes on display at the Yorkshire Museum as part of a new display, in summer 2021. The loan to the Yorkshire Museum is part of the National Portrait Gallery’s nation-wide COMING HOME project, which sees the Gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with.
The painting, which has become synonymous with the depiction of Richard III, will form the centrepiece of the new display, which includes the Yorkshire Museum’s outstanding collections associated with the King. Objects such as the magnificent Middleham Jewel, The Ryther Hoard and the Stillingfleet Boar Badge worn by one of his supporters, will be on display.
York Museum Gardens
The museum is situated in York Museum Gardens, an idyllic haven with an array of plant species, wildlife, and historical features to explore. Established in the 1830s by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, the gardens are famed for their fantastic collection of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs set against the stunning backdrop of the medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey.
- Disabled toilets
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Baby changing facilities
- Children welcome
- Facilities for educational visits
- Groups welcome
- Facilities for corporate hospitality
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Gift shop
- Smoking not allowed
- Regional Tourist Board Member
- Groups welcome