Yorkshire Museum

Time Odyssey

Go on a Time Odyssey adventure at the Yorkshire Museum!  

Key information 

Time: 10.00am-14.00pm.  

Age group: Key Stage Two.  

Numbers: Recommended group size of up to 33 pupils. Groups of up to 60 pupils may be accommodated on request.  

To provide the best visiting experience, classes numbering 18 pupils and over will be split into two groups. Each group will alternate between different galleries in the museum.   

Session Fees: Free but booking essential.  



Time Odyssey, created in partnership by Art Explora and the British Museum, is an interactive learning experience where Key Stage Two pupils go on a quest to help one of four characters from history travel back in time.  

To do this, children must create four timeless treasures by exploring the Yorkshire Museum and its collections and discovering the stories they can tell us about life in the Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age), Roman York, and the Middle Ages 

Pupils will use tablets in groups of two or three to complete their adventure. All the required equipment and technology will be provided by the museum. 

This short video will give you a look at how Time Odyssey works: 


Key details  

Time Odyssey is designed for Key Stage 2* students in a whole day in-person visit (from 10.00am-14.00pm).  

The experience is primarily aimed at schools who are isolated either by their rurality or by limited transport options or have a high pupil premium that ranks highly on the indices of deprivation.  

*Year 3 and 4 students may need additional help during the visit with reading and comprehension.  


Curriculum Links  

As well as igniting imaginations, increasing confidence and stimulating curiosity, Time Odyssey takes a skills-building approach that can be applied to any historical period of study. The experience works particularly well in the Yorkshire Museum’s Star Carr: life after the ice,  Roman York: meet the people of the Empire, and Medieval York: Capital of the North exhibitions, and can be used to help pupils to explore these periods of history.    


Time Odyssey Travel Grant  

As well as free entry to the Yorkshire Museum, participating schools can apply for a travel grant of up to £500 to help cover the cost of coach transport to the museum*. Further information, including terms and conditions, can be found by accessing the online Art Explora Time Odyssey Transport Grant Application Form.  or by emailing timeodyssey@artexplora.org

Alternatively, you can download a Word or PDF copy of the form.


*Terms and conditions apply. 


Making a booking  

If you would like to enquire about booking a Time Odyssey visit to the Yorkshire Museum, then please complete a copy of our Yorkshire Museum: Time Odyssey Visit Request Form 

Please be aware that completing the form does not represent a confirmed booking. A member of our team will be in touch within 4 working days with further information.  

We are currently only taking Time Odyssey bookings for the Autumn term. We only have a limited number of slots available, which will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  


For more information  

You can find out more about Time Odyssey by downloading a copy of the Yorkshire Museum: Time Odyssey Guidelines for Teachers document, or by visiting the Arts Explora website 

Alternatively, and for details about arranging a visit to the Yorkshire Museum, you can contact our Schools Learning Team directly at schools@ymt.org.uk 


About Art Explora 

Art Explora is a UK charity which aims to increase access to arts and culture and develop new opportunities for engagement and participation with the arts. They work in partnership with artists, cultural organisations and communities, embracing all art forms, to create transformative cultural experiences. Founded in the UK in 2021, they believe in sharing successful models and looking for opportunities to scale up programmes both across the UK and internationally.  


About Arcade XR 

Created by digital learning specialist Arcade XR, the experience combines cutting-edge technologies, including augmented reality (AR) and AI segmentation, with educational and creative activities. Quest uses a game-based learning approach to develop multidisciplinary skills, self-confidence and teamwork. 

ARCADE XR is a new kind of digital agency founded by architects, technology pioneers, game developers and creative strategists. The team specializes in using immersive technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to create original three-dimensional digital experiences that connect people to a place through play.