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The Yorkshire Museum

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  • In the heart of the city is the Yorkshire Museum, a museum that houses a variety of important archaeological, biological and geological collections among other exhibits. The Museum has fairly recently undergone a £2m refurbishment with a real effort to appeal to families. It’s worked: there’s just about enough dinosaurs, fossils, skeletons, stuffed animals and swords to interest younger visitors.

    Interactive videos, brass rubbing, dressing up, the chance to put on your own puppet show and a box of toy dinosaurs are just some of the things that children enjoy at the Yorkshire Museum. It’s not the biggest museum but it’s a very good size for younger children and has just enough to keep them interested. Older children with a fascination for all things prehistoric will learn loads through the interactive and hands-on displays.
    Good to knowYou can download trails for children to follow around the museum and gardens from the Museum’s website. YMT card holders get in free, as they do to York Castle Museum and York Art Gallery. They do brilliant children’s parties too (as does York Castle Museum).

  • Venue: The Yorkshire Museum
    Food & Drink: There’s no café so don’t plan to eat here but you could combine your visit with a picnic in the gardens instead. If the weather’s against you, there are tons of eating options within a stone’s throw.
    Opening Times: Open daily 10.00am to 5pm (closed: 25th and 26th December and 1st January). Early closing 24th and 31st December.
    Prices: From £6.81 adult, under 16s free with a paying adult. YMT Card-holders free.
    Contact: Visit the website
    Address: Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens, YO1 7FR


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