Access information for visiting Yorkshire Museum


Our museum is in an historic building and this could make access difficult for some of our visitors. The details below should be helpful in planning your visit.

Click here to download our accessibility guide


Help and Assistance

Our Visitor Experience Team are there to help all of our visitors at any point during a visit. They can help you find your way around the museum and answer any questions you may have.

We are a dementia friendly museum, our staff are trained to work with blind and partially sighted people and have attended disability awareness training.

‘For visitors who identify as having an access difficulty please talk to our Visitor Experience team when you arrive as they may be able to help you. Alternatively, please enquire in advance using the contact details at the bottom of this page.



Free and reduced-price admission is available – please click here for visitor information.

We do not currently operate a fast-track entry system for visitors with additional needs, but if you need assistance when queuing please ask a member of staff.



There is no parking at the museum.

Cars can drop off at the front of the museum by prior arrangement. The closest parking is a five minute walk and has 350 spaces. The Marygate car park, Frederick Street, York, YO30 7DT.

Marygate is off Bootham, the A19, which is the main road into York from the north.

Free parking for blue badge holders is available immediately outside the car park, located between the entry and exit points. For further car parking information please click here.



Toilets are available on the lower ground floor. There is an accessible, gender neutral toilet on this floor. There are baby changing facilities in the accessible toilets.


Physical Access

The museum is set within York Museum Gardens. The Gardens are fully wheelchair accessible with gently sloping pathways. There is a ramp to the left hand side of the museums main entrance.

The museum is on three floors and there is a lift situated by the main staircase. The lower ground and the ground floor are fully accessible to wheelchair users. The first floor is mainly accessible.

There is a map of the museum available to download here.


The TA Hall

This large auditorium seats around 280 people and has 10 designated wheelchair spaces. This space is used for lectures, films and special events. There is a loop system available in this space.


Lift Access

The three floors of the museum can be accessed by the lift, although the reading room and library can only be accessed via a short set of stairs. There are handrails on the stairs and there is seating available around the museum.


Mobility Aids

We have a manual wheelchair that visitors are welcome to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis. Please ask a member of our Visitor Experience Team on arrival.

Mobility scooters are permitted. We ask that drivers take care when driving through the gallery spaces.



Pushchairs can be taken into the galleries or left in a safe space at the reception area. Remember to take any valuables with you.


Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome and water can be provided.


Noise Levels

The museum can get very busy. We suggest that if you would prefer to visit at a quieter time, weekdays after 3pm during term time or when we open on Sundays tend to be less busy, although we cannot guarantee it.

As we get busy, some of the areas can be quite noisy including reception. We do not have a hearing loop fitted in the building, but staff are available to help, should you need it.

We also have a sticker system in place which might help you (see our ‘sticker system’ section below).


Light Levels

Light levels might be kept low to help in the conservation of our objects. There is always a lighter area nearby, but if you do require assistance, please ask one of our guides.

We also have a sticker system in place which might help you (see our ‘sticker system’ section below).


Virtual reality and films

Please be aware that some of our gallery spaces have virtual reality headsets and films running. If this is an issue for you, please inform a member of staff on arrival and they will offer advice on how to avoid those areas if at all possible.

Staff should also be available to help on gallery if needed.


Sticker system (for visitors with sensory issues)

We have the following system for visitors with sensory issues:

Red sticker: you do not wish to be approached

Yellow sticker: you would like staff to answer questions when asked

Green or no sticker: you are happy to be approached and spoken to

Please ask for one of these at the front desk if this will be useful.


Signage and Display Information

All of our signage and display information uses a clear font and is at least 16pt.

80% of our visual interactives have subtitles.


Hands on Here

We often have volunteers who enable visitors to touch objects from the collection on our ‘Hands on Here’ trollies, which can be placed in different areas around the museum.


Tours and Talks

We hold regular Curators Talks which take place on selected Tuesdays from 12:30pm – 1:00pm. These will be advertised on our Curator’s Talks page, in our brochure and on the screens in reception at the Yorkshire Museum.



Our museum shop is fully accessible and situated on the ground floor.


First Aid

There is always a trained first aider on duty. First Aid kits are available for trained staff to use and a defibrillator is available. Please ask for help if required.


Sensory Basket

We have a sensory basket to use on the Yorkshire’s Jurassic World gallery available for visitors to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis. This is particularly suitable for visitors with visual impairments or autism, but anyone is welcome to use it.

Please ask a member of staff during your visit if you would like to use the basket.


Visit Guide

Download our visit guide to help you before and during your visit.



There are activities throughout the museum relating to the objects on display. Objects on open display can be touched but please treat these artefacts gently and with respect.


Additional Information

Click the logos below for more information on external websites.




Click here to view our upcoming events and select the ‘Accessible’ category to filter them.

Most of our events are fully accessible to those with additional needs unless otherwise stated. If you need further information, please contact us ahead of the event and we will be happy to help.


Low Sensory Experiences

Our Low Sensory Experiences are designed for visitors who would prefer a quieter visit to our museum.

During the event, light and sound levels will be adjusted so it’s a less overwhelming environment. You’ll still be able to visit all the galleries, but there will be no dark areas and no sudden sounds.

There is seating provided around the museum, and a quiet space will be available should you need it. Our trained guides will be happy to provide guidance during your visit, or please contact us ahead should you have any questions.

Events are free for visitors with autism, dementia, visual impairments or similar issues. Carers and children under 16 will also be admitted for free. Accompanying members of a group will be admitted for £4, and standard admission is £8. There is no need to book ahead.

Our next Low Sensory Experiences are 19 January, 19 April, 19 July and 18 October


Contact Us

If you need any more information please call us on 01904 687687 or email (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday).

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