Yorkshire Museum

Collections Highlights — Index

Archaeology

Our archaeology collection of nearly one million objects ranges from the earliest prehistoric finds up until the twentieth century and is the one of the most comprehensive in a regional British museum outside London. Please note: The Yorkshire Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of items and artefacts. Whilst we make every …

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Astronomy

The York Observatory, in the Museum Gardens, is the major part of our Astronomy Collection. It was built in 1832 and 1833 and is the oldest working observatory in Yorkshire. Please note: The Yorkshire Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of items and artefacts. Whilst we make every effort to display a broad spectrum …

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Biology

Over the last 180 years the Yorkshire Museum has amassed a biology collection which now contains over 200,000 specimens from all the major biological groups. Please note: The Yorkshire Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of items and artefacts. Whilst we make every effort to display a broad spectrum of our collections it is …

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Champion Trees

The Museum Gardens are home to six county Champion Trees. These are the biggest examples in Yorkshire identified by The Tree Register, and are between 80 and 150 years old.

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Extinct Auks

Our two great auks, now an extinct species, are in very good condition and are a rare treasure for a regional museum. Please note: The Yorkshire Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of items and artefacts. Whilst we make every effort to display a broad spectrum of our collections it is not …

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Geology

Our outstanding geology collection includes minerals, rocks and fossils from across Britain and the world, and covers everything from gems to meteorites. Please note: The Yorkshire Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of items and artefacts. Whilst we make every effort to display a broad spectrum of our collections it is not …

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Giant Ichthyosaur

This giant fossilised ichthyosaur skeleton is one of the largest and most complete examples of its kind. Please note: The Yorkshire Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of items and artefacts. Whilst we make every effort to display a broad spectrum of our collections it is not always possible for all our …

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Iron Age Gold Torcs

These two gold bracelets, which were found by metal detectorists near Tadcaster, have been declared the first Iron Age gold jewellery ever found in the north of England. Please note: The Yorkshire Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of items and artefacts. Whilst we make every effort to display a broad spectrum …

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Ivory Bangle Lady

The remains of a Roman woman known as the Ivory Bangle Lady have helped archaeologists discover that wealthy people from across the Empire were living in fourth century York. Archaeological research on one of the Yorkshire Museum’s best-preserved burial finds paints a picture of a cosmopolitan city, a theme explored in our Roman York …

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Numismatics

Please note: The Yorkshire Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of items and artefacts. Whilst we make every effort to display a broad spectrum of our collections it is not always possible for all our collections to be on display at once. Please check the latest exhibitions to find out what collections …

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Roman Hair

This exceptionally rare hairpiece was discovered in York and probably belonged to a girl who was in her mid-teens when she died. Please note: The Yorkshire Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of items and artefacts. Whilst we make every effort to display a broad spectrum of our collections it is not …

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Stained Glass

A beautiful selection of our stained glass is now on display for the first time in years, following the refurbishment of the museum in 2010. New light boxes and newly-exposed windows mean the glass can now be seen in its full glory, after fantastic restoration work by research students at the University of York’s MA …

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Star Carr Frontlets

During the 1950’s archaeologists discovered 21 red deer headdresses during excavations at the Star Carr site in North Yorkshire. Further work in 2015 revealed even more of these rare objects, making Star Carr one of the most important Mesolithic archaeological sites in Europe. Please note: The Yorkshire Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of …

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Star Carr Pendant

Found in 2015, this 11,000 year old engraved shale pendant was discovered by archaeologists during excavations at the Early Mesolithic site at Star Carr in North Yorkshire. According to new research, it is thought to be unique to the UK. Please note: The Yorkshire Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of items and artefacts. …

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Tansy Beetles

This “Star Object” may not be officially an object, but it is certainly a star of York Museum Gardens! Tansy Beetles are an endangered species which live only in a 30km stretch of the banks of the River Ouse around York. They are beautiful to look at, with a bright, green, jewel-like appearance and are …

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Tempest Anderson - Explorer and Surgeon

Tempest Anderson travelled across the world, exploring weird and wonderful landscapes, meeting the indigenous peoples of far-away communities and bringing back his amazing photographs to show people back at home in York. Please note: The Yorkshire Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of items and artefacts. Whilst we make every effort to …

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The Bedale Hoard

The Bedale Hoard was found by metal detectorists in 2012 and bought by the Yorkshire Museum after generous donations from the public and grants from funders. Please note: The Yorkshire Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of items and artefacts. Whilst we make every effort to display a broad spectrum of our collections …

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The Cawood Sword

Mystery surrounds this Viking sword which has survived virtually intact for nearly 1,000 years. Please note: The Yorkshire Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of items and artefacts. Whilst we make every effort to display a broad spectrum of our collections it is not always possible for all our collections to be on …

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The Gilling Sword

This sword, first spotted by a nine-year-old boy playing in a stream, is one of the finest Anglian weapons to be found in England. Eagle-eyed Garry Fridd was later awarded a Blue Peter badge for his amazing discovery in April 1976. Please note: The Yorkshire Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of items …

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The Middlesbrough Meteorite

The Middlesbrough Meteorite hit the earth in 1881. It is about 4,500 billion years old and was formed at the same time as the earth and the solar system. Please note: The Yorkshire Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of items and artefacts. Whilst we make every effort to display a broad spectrum of …

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The York Helmet

The York Helmet was found by mechanical digger operator Andy Shaw in May 1982, as builders prepared to start work on a new York shopping centre. Please note: The Yorkshire Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of items and artefacts. Whilst we make every effort to display a broad spectrum of our collections …

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