Families at the Yorkshire Museum


The Yorkshire Museum and Gardens are family-friendly and we aim to be as inclusive as possible.

Younger visitors can enjoy our hands-on activities that are as educational as they are fun. We also offer a variety of activities, events and workshops available throughout the year. Please click on the links below for further information.

Click here for online Visitor Information

Click here to view a map of the museum


Facilities for Families

  • Ramp access to the front of the museum
  • You are welcome to take pushchairs around the exhibits
  • Indoor and outdoor spaces, most are accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Please visit our Access page for more details
  • Lift access to all three main floors
  • Activity areas in all of our galleries to encourage playful and sensory learning, open daily
  • Volunteers offering ‘Hands on Here!’ opportunities on select dates allowing visitors to get closer to our objects
  • Online events listings so you can plan ahead
  • Baby changing facilities in the accessible toilet on the lower ground floor
  • An online map available to download ahead of your visit


Food & Drink

A refreshments stand and an ice-cream kiosk located outside (seasonal opening applies). The museum is situated within walking distance of a number of family-friendly cafes and restaurants. Visitors are welcome to bring picnics to eat in the Gardens.

York Museum Gardens

Set in the stunning surroundings of the medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey, York Museum Gardens is a great space to meet friends and family and enjoy the peace and tranquility that the gardens have to offer. The Gardens are open daily and free to all visitors.

There is so much to see and do, wander round the gardens and see the vast botanical collection, and spot some of the 40 species of bird within the gardens.