The Yorkshire Museum was opened in 1830 by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, a society devoted to the study of science through public display and study of archaeology, geology and natural history collections. It was one of the first purpose-built museums in the country.
The museum was built on the site of the medieval St Mary's Abbey and remains of the abbey can be seen on the lower floor of the museum. The story of how the monks lived is told here. The ruins of the Abbey's church, gatehouse and precinct wall can be seen in the Museum Gardens.
Further on in the museum our Hunters and Hunted gallery focuses on the sea creatures which lived millions of years ago in the time of the dinosaurs.
Adult- £5Child - £3.50Under 5s - FreeConcessions - £4Residents with a York Card - FreeTwo adults with:One child - £12Two children - £15& £3 per child after that (2007 prices). However once tickets are purchased you can go back for free for up to a year.
If you do not want to visit the museum the grounds are very welll worth seeing.
Closes 2/11/09 until 1/8/10.
The Yorkshire Museum hosts a wealth of collections, including a large number of archeological finds which portray Yorkshire life from Roman times to medieval. The museum was closed during our visit but we hope to call in here next time we're in York.
The newly refurbished museum opens on Yorkshire Day - 1st August 2010.
The Yorkshire Museum stands in the grounds of St. Mary's Abbey, just inside the town walls. This was my favourite museum in York and we spent an enjoyable couple of hours here escaping the rain and learning about the history of York.
The museum has impressive exhibits on the early history of York, in particular on Roman York. There is also good coverage of the Viking and the Anglo-Saxon periods, while a separate section shows remains of parts of St. Mary's Abbey. The star exhibit in the collection is the 15th Century Middleham Jewel, found as recently as 1985.
Entry to the museum costs 4 pounds for adults.
I love Science Museums the MOST! I love historical museums too. This place is both. I was in heaven. Its next to the ruins of St. Mary Abby, take a bit of time to enjoy it and the gardens. That part is free to everyone. But don't miss the museum. It wasn't an expensive museum to visit (7 pounds). It has a whole range of exhibits.
Okay, while we're on the theme of names, how about we rename the Yorkshire Museum? It should become the "Archeological Museum," or perhaps the "Roman History Center."
Now that we've got that settled, I can say that I enjoyed the "Yorkshire Museum" and the beautiful gardens it is set in. There's an interesting assortment of Roman artefacts from the 300+ year roman occupation. Roman "Eboricum" was a major military and trading center, and was one of the final posts before the "frontier" which separated "civilized" Britain from the barbaric land of the Picts. (Hence the nearby Wall of Hadrian.) The museum here used both static displays and interactive features to tell the roman story. There are a number of those interesting "listening stations" where you can pick up headphones and listen to first-person narratives of a roman soldier, or a British farmer, or a Gallic slave. Emperor Constantine was crowned near here; when I visited in 2006 there was an excellent temporary visit that told his story. (Unfortunately, it occupied space normally given over to Viking and medieval exhibits.)
The gardens are a pretty place for a picnic. You can sit on the grass and eat your sandwich, or simply lie out and absorb the afternoon sun for a moment. The gardens feature the fragmentary remains of the 14th century St. Mary's Abbey: the ruins can help you focus your thoughts on the passage of time and the evanesence of all human things. "Vanity, vanity, all is vanity."
I had seen the grand looking building of the Yorkshire Museum from the outside quite often before I actually visited the museum itself, and it lived up to my expectations! Moreover, 2012 was a special year for a visit, as the museum celebrated "1212 - The making of York", in celebration of the thousand year old history of the city.
When you enter, you first encounter displays about Yorkshire's Roman history, showing many Roman artifacts. These include tomb stones, everyday articles, a Roman mosaic floor, as well as a statue of the Roman god Mars, according to the museum "the finest Roman statue in Britain". This gallery is a partnership gallery of the British Museum.
You then walk down to the basement where the Medieval galleries are located. Here you can see quite a lot of things connected to the Minster and other churches in York, as well as displays connected to Medieval kings and queens. There are also some wonderful Anglo Scandinavian gold items and weapons.
In addition to these historical collections there are geological and biological galleries, but I mostly skipped these.
I could not at all decide which pictures to include in this tip and which not, so in the end I created a separate travelogue - please click here to see my favourite displays of the museum!
Admission fee: Adults £7,50, concession £6,50, children under 16 free
Opening times: 10.00am to 05.00pm daily
This place seems to have only recently reopened before our visit in November 2010 after a major refurb. I've no idea what it was like before but the museum now is pretty impressive. It's not a huge place but it will still take a couple of hours minimum to get round it all. The Roman and medieval history sections were particularly interesting.
The county museum is housed in the lovely Museum Gardens and many people overlook it whilst whizzing through York, leaving just enough time for the railway and Castle museums and Jorvik. That's a shame as of course a lot of treasures have been found in England's largest county and are on display here. Both Roman and Viking finds from various excavations have found their way to the museum as have finds from St Mary's Abbey just outside the museum. Exhibits are not only from York but the whole county which is why you also find my personal favourite, the Middleham Jewel, here. This is a huge pendant which was found in the soil outside Middleham Castle and it is thought that Richard III might have worn it since the dating makes sense. The most famous portrait of the king therefore shows him wearing it.
It is located within 10 acres of Museum Gardens. It contains Roman, Anglo Saxon and Viking art galleries , as well as the £2.5 million Middleham Jewel, a gold amulet engraved with the Trinity and the nativity, and holding an enormous sapphire.
In the museum gardens, you will find peacocks wandering among the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey, once the most influential Benedictine monastery in northern England. In the basement of the Yorkshire Museum there is an exhibition on what abbey life was like.
The Yorkshire Museum and York Abbey ruins are set in 10 acres of gardens in the middle of the city.
The museum offers 2000 years of Yorkshire's fascinating heritage and has some of the finest archeological collections in Europe. The famous Middleham jewel is also on display along with a lot of artifacts belonging to the Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, and Medieval times. The York Abbey ruins are also on the same premises and part of the ruins are preserved in the museum building. The York Observatory is also in the garden and houses a very beautiful working telescope of olden times (made by famous telescope maker T. Cooke & Sons).
Although many of the exhibits here a geared towards children, the museum contains some excellent displays detailing Roman and Viking times, complete with coins, mosaics, clothings, jewelry, weapons and everyday items. Be sure to wander the ruins of St. Mary's Abbey, just outside the museum, founded in 1088 and dissolved by Henry VIII in 1539.
The museum is set in a lovely garden in the middle of York and it shows you about 2000 years of Yorkshire history. There are archaelogical collections covering the Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking and Medieval times.