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Browse through our events or click on the following sections to skip to the area you are interested in:

Astronomy Events
Historic Library opening sessions
Under Fives Activities
Wild Wednesdays
Garden Tours and Walks

Curators' Talks
York Museums Trust Book Club
Finds Days - bring your archaeological objects to be identified,
Royal Salutes

Click here to download the latest York Museums Trust Activity Brochure 
Fun for Under 5's at York Museum Trust
Museum Monkeys - Activities and events for Early Years children across York Museums Trust.

York Museums Trust provides a range of activities and events for children under 5 to help them engage with the collections and exhibitions.

Museum Monkeys activities we currently offer are Early Years Explorers and Museum Baby.

Here you will find details of all our activities aimed at Early Years children which are designed to help children learn about the Museums through play. Activities run during term time in blocks of 5 sessions.
Click here to find out more and to book your place using our Eventbrite page.
In Conversation With Grayson Perry

Tickets for the eagerly awaited event with Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry will be released next week.

As part of the Museums at Night initiative, the event: GRAYSON PERRY IN CONVERSATION will be held at the Yorkshire Museum between 6.00pm – 6.45pm on Thursday 15 May.

This is an amazing chance to see Turner prize winning artist Grayson Perry CBE discussing art, collections and teddy bears in York. The event is free to attend but booking is essential and tickets must be brought on the evening of the event.

Bookings for this event open on the 22nd April at 10:30 am on the York Museums Trust Event brite page.


Click here to find out how to book your FREE ticket to Grayson Perry in Conversation.


Astronomy Events 

Observatory Open Days
Thursdays and Saturdays, 11.30am - 2.30pm

Come and discover the oldest working observatory in Yorkshire.

The observatory was built in 1832 and 1833 and its 4in refractor telescope was built by York man Thomas Cooke in 1850 before he went on to make the then-largest telescope in the world. York played a crucial role in the development of astronomy in the 1780s when York-based astronomers John Goodricke and Edward Piggot laid the foundations of the study of stars of varying brightness.
Free entry.
(Please note these sessions are manned by trained volunteers and although we always do our best to open as planned, sometimes this is not possible.)

Historic Library

Open Tuesdays and Fridays, 1-4pm

Our historic library is a treasure trove of books about the natural world and human history.

Established by the Yorkshire Philosphical Society (YPS) in 1823, it houses about 42,000 volumes dating from 16th century to the present day.

Volunteers have been working hard to help re-catalogue and re-organise the historic books in the library over the last few years and we are now able to open it up for visitors to see on selected days.

On these days our historic library stewards will be on hand to talk about the part the library has played in York's history. You will be able to take a closer look at the volumes on display and browse beautiful images via our new touchscreen.

(Please note these sessions are manned by trained volunteers and although we always do our best to open as planned, sometimes this is not possible.)
Under 5s Activities

Pre-school children and their parents/carers are invited to join us for a host of new activities tailored just for them.

For full details Download our Activities & Events for Under 5's brochure

Wild Wednesdays

Wild Wednesdays have now finished for the year. A new calendar of Wild Wednesday events will be available next year.
Garden Tours and Walks
Guided Tours of York Museum Gardens
Every Sunday, noon

Enjoy the gardens in the company of one of our Garden Guides looking at the planting and the history of the buildings in the gardens. Meet by the main gates of the Museum Gardens on Museum Street.
Free, no need to book.

Please note that all workshops with a charge should be paid for when making a booking (unless otherwise stated in the information below). If you need to cancel, we will refund your payment as long as you contact us at least 24 hours before the starting time of the event. We reserve the right to cancel any events if there are insufficient bookings.
Curators' Talks

All these lunchtime talks are free (aside from usual admission charge) and run from 12.30pm - 1pm, no need to book.

York Museums Trust Book Club

Second Saturday of the Month, 3.00-4.30pm, Various Venues

A Book Club with a difference - all these books have been chosen to highlight aspects of York Museums Trust's historic collections. As well as discussing each month's book, every Book Club session includes an opportunity to handle or get close to collection objects.

Free, but please book by telephoning 01904 650333.

The Athenian Murders - By Jose Carlos Somoza

12 April

In classical Athens, one of the pupils of Plato's Academy is found dead. His idealistic teacher suspects that this wasn't an accident and asks Herakles, known as the 'Decipherer of Enigmas', to investigate the death and ultimately a dark, irrational and subversive cult.
Apothecary Rose: The First Owen Archer Mystery - By Candace Robb
12 July

It is the year of our Lord 1363. And in the cathedral city of York people are dying in mysterious circumstances. But there seems to be a common thread - the herbal remedies dispensed by Nicholas Wilton, Master Apothecary. The first victim is an anonymous pilgrim. But when a highborn nobleman dies after taking the same potion the authorities decide to act.

Finds Days

All 10am - 1pm, in the Yorkshire Museum reception area.

Bring your archaeological object to show our experts from the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Saturday 5th April

Friday 6th June

Friday 1st August

Friday 3rd October

Friday 5th December