Yorkshire Museum, York

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Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR +44 (01904) 687687
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    Yorkshire Museum

    by Myfanwe Updated Jul 15, 2010

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    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.

    Address: Yorkshire Museum & Gardens Museum Gardens York

    Phone: +44 (01904) 687687

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    Yorkshire Museum

    by barryg23 Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    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.

    Address: Yorkshire Museum & Gardens Museum Gardens York

    Phone: +44 (01904) 687687

    Yorkshire Museum Medieval York - pictured in the museum

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    The Yorkshire Museum

    by Britannia2 Updated Apr 27, 2009

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    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.

    Address: Yorkshire Museum & Gardens Museum Gardens York

    Phone: (01904) 687687

    Website: http://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

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    Well Done, Lots to See

    by Arizona_Girl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Address: Yorkshire Museum & Gardens Museum Gardens York

    Phone: +44 (01904) 687687

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    "Archaelogical Museum" would be a better name

    by yooperprof Written Jul 18, 2006

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    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."

    Address: Yorkshire Museum & Gardens Museum Gardens York

    Phone: +44 (01904) 687687

    Website: http://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk/

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    Yorkshire Museum

    by ettiewyn Updated Nov 24, 2012

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    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

    Address: Yorkshire Museum & Gardens

    Directions: In the city centre, close to the river

    Phone: 01904 687 687

    Website: http://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

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    Impressive and very modern for a provincial museum

    by zadunajska8 Written Nov 7, 2011

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    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.

    Address: Yorkshire Museum & Gardens Museum Gardens York

    Phone: +44 (01904) 687687

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    Yorkshire Museum

    by Sjalen Updated Sep 13, 2006

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    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.

    Address: Museum Gardens

    Directions: In the park itself. Entrance next to the county library near Lendal Bridge.

    Phone: +44 (01904) 687687

    View across the river towards St Mary's Hospice
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    The Yorkshire Museum

    by cheekymarieh Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Address: Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7FR

    Directions: Just across the road from Lendal Bridge (the Minster side) is the entrance to the Museum Gardens. The Museum is clearly signposted.

    Phone: 01904 629745 Fax:01904 651221

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    The Yorkshire Museum and York...

    by aadil Written Aug 26, 2002

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    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).

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    by sambarnett Updated Sep 2, 2002

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    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.

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    the Yorkshire Museum.

    by margaretvn Updated Apr 27, 2008

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    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.

    Address: Museum Gardens York

    Phone: 01904 551800

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    Yorkshire Museum & Museum Gardens

    by spidermiss Updated Jul 18, 2012

    We had hung around in Yorkshire Museum's Gardens whilst waiting for our boat cruise. We didn't go into the musuem but used our waiting time to take the traditional VT photos as shown. On a future York visit I would love to visit the museum and explore the gardens thorough. Here is the museum's website for further information.

    Address: Yorkshire Museum & Gardens Museum Gardens York

    Phone: +44 (01904) 687687

    Website: http://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

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    A good introduction

    by leics Written Jun 12, 2016

    If you don't know much about York's history and its importance as an English city then it really is worth visiting the Yorkshire Museum. It is set in the Museum Gardens and, although its displays are modern and rather more spaced-out than I personally prefer and its explanatory texts and videos clearly intended to be accessible to all they are not *too* dumbed-down.

    The museum building was purpose-built in Greek Revival style the early 1800s after the Yorkshire Philosophical Society was granted 10 acres of land on the site of St Mary's Abbey (now the Museum Gardens). The museum opened in 1830 and is one of the oldest museums in England.

    York was a hugely important city in past centuries..pretty much England's second city and the 'capital' of the north from Roman times onwards. Two Roman emperors had their bases in York (Roman name = Eboracum) and Emperor Constantine, who declared that Christianity would be the religion of the Roman Empire, was actually declared emperor whilst in the city. It was an important commercial and trading centre during the Roman period and that importance continued during Viking (Jorvik) and Anglo-Saxon times and long into the Medieval period.

    All that history means that York's archaeology is absolutely fascinating. The earth beneath the historical centre is stuffed with layers of leftovers from the hundreds of thousands of people who have lived in the city over the centuries and the waterlogged soil nearer to the river sometimes even preserves organic material such as leather shoes and textiles. That is whyJorvik was such a very important archaeological discovery.

    If you want to know more about York's history you need to visit the Yorkshire Museum. You'll find Roman stone sculptures, gravestones, altars and everyday objects as well as a few skeletons. The explanatory video gives a really excellent explanation of the remains on show: modern archaeological techniques can tell us where people came from and it is certain that many Roman inhabitants of York did not come from England (or Italy). There are Viking and Anglo-Saxon artefacts too, including some wonderful examples of metalwork and stone-carving.

    The upper floor houses the biology and geology collections, both begun in 1820 and both having 'designated collection status' because of the importance of their contents.

    The museum is open from 10am to 5pm daily, except 25th & 26th December and 1st January. This is not a state-owned museum so there is an entrance fee.

    Address: Museum Gardens

    Phone: +44 (01904) 687687

    Website: http://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk/

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    Yorkshire Museum

    by alectrevor Updated Feb 4, 2015

    The Museum has a wonderful display , including Roman ,Viking, and Medieval.from around York and Yorkshire. The Medieval Kingdoms of Britain were ruled from York,

    Yorkshire museum entrance Map of entire Roman Empire on floor. Roman Mosaic

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