Previous Exhibitions at Yorkshire Museum

Previous Exhibitions — Index

Ryedale Hoard: A Roman Mystery

Spring 2022 – Spring 2024

The Ryedale Hoard contains some of Yorkshire’s most significant Roman objects including an 1,800 year old bust of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. For the very first time in Yorkshire, visitors will be able see this exciting new discovery and explore the mystery of who buried the Hoard and why. Find out more here

Richard III: Coming Home

9 July –  31 October 2021

The world-famous late 16th century portrait of Richard III will go on display at the Yorkshire Museum as part of a new display, in summer 2021. The loan to the Yorkshire Museum is part of the National Portrait Gallery’s nation-wide COMING HOME project, which sees the Gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with. Find out more here.

Viking: Rediscover the Legend

19 May – 5 November 2017

This major new partnership exhibition with the British Museum brought together two of the most significant and internationally recognised collections of Viking Age treasure in Britain during 2017. Find out more.


Eboracum Roman Festival

1 – 4 June 2017

After the success of the first Eboracum Roman Festival in 2016, the festival returned to the York Museum Gardens in June 2017 with event more activities and events to enjoy over the four days. Find out more.


Capital of the North

24 June 2015 – 18 April 2017

From the ravages of war, York went on to flourish in a golden age of innovation, religion and trade. The city was a place of power, art, greed and bloodshed – it was the Capital of the North. Find out more.


Beyond Jorvik: the Vale of York Hoard and the Viking World

3 July 2017 – 3 March 2017

The Vale of York Viking Hoard is one of the most important Viking discoveries ever made in Britain. This spotlight display showed the fantastic objects and revealed fascinating stories about life in the Viking world. Find out more.


Constantius: York’s Forgotten Emperor

16 July 2016 – 9 October 2016

This exhibition revealed the story of Constantius Chlorus (250AD – 306AD) who made his name in Britain, defeating rebellious generals and fighting Picts north of Hadrian’s Wall. Find out more.


Crystals From Beneath: The Minerals of Northern England

14 May 2016 – 10 July 2016

An exhibition showcasing crystals and minerals collected by enthusiasts Lindsay and Patricia Greenbank from various locations in Northern England, one of the best places in the world to find specimens. Find out more.


Richard III: Man & Myth

27 March 2015 – 31 January 2016

The myths and distorted truths that have shaped modern perceptions of Richard III were compared to the historical facts in this exhibition, which opened 26 March 2015 following the reburial Richard at Leicester Cathedral. Find out more.


1212: The Making of the City

7 April 2012 – 31 January 2013

This exhibition marked the 800th anniversary of York’s independence, telling the story of medieval York and celebrating the people, places and events that contributed to the city’s medieval heritage. Find out more.


Medieval York: The Power and the Glory

Opened 1 August 2010

This atmospheric exhibition, set among the ruins of a medieval abbey and glowing with the colour of stained glass, evoked the wealth, power and craftsmanship of a key era in York’s history. Find out more.