York Castle Museum

Visiting the Yorkshire Museum

Opening times


We are open daily from 10am - 5pm, except for 25 and 26 December, and 1 January, and will be closing at 2.30pm on 24 and 31 December.

The gardens are open daily from 7.30am, except for 25 December. From late October until late March, they close at 6pm, and during the summer months they open later into the evening.

Entry to the gardens is free.


Thursdays and Saturdays, 11.30am - 2.30pm. Entry to the observatory is free.

Museum Admission

Tickets are valid for a whole year - see Come Back For Free below for details.

Adult - £7.50
Concessionary Adult - £6.50
Children under 16 - FREE ( this offer does not apply to organised groups or schools)
Residents with a valid York Card (issued after February 2011) - FREE

Special 2014 Offer - £10 for two museums

This ticket covers entry to both the Yorkshire Museum and York Castle Museum and lasts for a whole year (see Come Back for Free below).

This represents a saving of £6 on the full price for both museums for Adults and a saving of £4 for Concessions.

Adults and Concessions - £10
Children - FREE (see above)


Come Back For Free

Tickets are valid for 12 months, at no extra charge, so you can come back as many times as you like for a year.

Tickets are personal and not transferable so we just need to take your name and address (this information is not passed on or used for marketing purposes) and you may be asked for ID on your return visit. If, for any reason, you don't want to give your name and address, day tickets are available at the same price.


Pushchairs are welcome and there are baby changing facilities on the Lower Ground Floor.

There are activities for children in all the galleries or you can download trails to use around the museum and gardens here:
Star Trail around the Yorkshire Museum
Exploring Extinct around the Extinct exhibition on the Ground Floor
Capital of the North around the Capital of the North exhibition in the Lower Floor Medieval Gallery
Minibeast Trail around the Museum Gardens

Picnics can be eaten in the Museum Gardens outside.


We welcome Guide Dogs, no other animals are allowed entry to the museum.


Photography for personal use is allowed around the museum, but there may be restrictions during special exhibitions, and the use of tripods may be restricted when busy.

Please seek permission in writing from the Museum Manager if you wish to take film/video footage for personal use.

If you would like to request permission to publish images of our collection, use them commercially or enquire about copyright click here.


If you have any questions about visiting, telephone York Museums Trust on 01904 687687.