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.
Please note some of the below activities are not available due to COVID-19 guidelines and some are available for visitors to use at their discretion; please use the hand sanitizer provided prior to use.
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
- Downloadable trails (please see below for more information and links)
- 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
Hot and cold drinks can be purchased from the museum shop and there is 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 including a chance to see inside Yorkshire’s oldest working observatory, wander round the gardens and see the vast botanical collection, and spot some of the 40 species of bird within the gardens.
- #CuratorBattle received a Highly Commended from the Museum and Heritage Awards
- York Museums Trust invitation to tenders
- York Museums Trust’s project #CuratorBattle shortlisted for two national awards.
- Celebrate Summer at York Museum Gardens
- Famous Portrait of King Richard III to go on Display at the Yorkshire Museum