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An 800 year old Figure of Christ originally belonging to the monks of York’s St Mary’s Abbey has returned to the city for the first time in nearly two centuries. The internationally significant find survived the brutal Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII and was rediscovered in 1826 as plans were being drawn up …

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Low Sensory Experiences

We know that our museum can be loud and busy at times, we will put our lights on full and turn off all the sound effects and smells so it’s a less overwhelming environment for our visitors. You’ll still be able to visit all the galleries, but there will be no dark areas …

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One Giant Leap!

Mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at the Yorkshire Museum with a weekend of activities on July 20 and 21 that are out of this world… Step inside a cosmodome and be transported into space, visit the oldest working observatory in York, learn about the historic Cooke telescope, handle real meteorites, learn about lunar geology …

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York Museums Trust’s Open Weekend

York residents are invited to visit three of York’s most popular attractions for free this weekend. York Art Gallery, the Yorkshire Museum and York Castle Museum are all free to York residents over the weekend of June 29 and 30. Visitors to York Castle Museum’s new exhibition The Museum of Broken Relationships can see objects …

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The Romans Return to March on York!

The Legions of Rome return to invade the ancient City of York for the annual Eboracum Roman Festival with events taking place from May 31- June 2. From 1 – 2 June, Roman Eboracum comes to life in the historic York Museum Gardens as the Six Legions and their families set up a living history camp. Visit the many …

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Jurassic Success! Yorkshire Museum Has Its Most Successful Year Since Formation of York Museum Trust

23 April 2019 The dinosaurs and sea monsters of Jurassic Yorkshire have helped the Yorkshire Museum have a huge 12 months – with visitor numbers the highest since York Museums Trust was formed in 2002. More than 163,000 people came to the museum between April 2018 and April 2019. This was 36% up on the previous financial year which is the second most successful …

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New Chair of Trustees Appointed at York Museums Trust

21 February 2019 An expert in large scale strategic property and regeneration projects has been named the new Chair of the Trustees for York Museums Trust (YMT). James Grierson, from York, has been a member and Vice Chair of the Trustees since 2014. A qualified chartered surveyor, James was a partner and executive board member of the UK’ …

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Take Part in the World’s Biggest Birdwatch!

23 January 2019 Join us to spot the wonderful birdlife of York Museum Gardens Treecreepers, nuthatches and Britain’s smallest bird – the goldcrest – are just some of the birds you could spot at this year’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ (RSPB) Big Garden Bird Watch at York Museum Gardens. Curators and the gardens team …

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Visit York Museums Trust sites for Free This York Residents Festival

23 January 2019 Surround yourself in sounds that inspire Kaiser Chiefs, bump into the BFG, feed a virtual dinosaur or marvel at the shoes of Vivienne Westwood – all free for York residents this weekend. As part of the city’s annual York Residents Festival, York Castle Museum, York Art Gallery and the Yorkshire Museum are free to …

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The York Helmet Back On Show At the Yorkshire Museum

31 July 2018 One of York’s greatest treasures has returned to the city midway through a national tour which has already seen it viewed by more than 50,000 people. The York Helmet, the best surviving Anglian Helmet in Europe, has been on display at Nottingham Lakeside Arts and The Atkinson, Southport, as part of the Yorkshire Museum …

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