The museum's official website details, "The Yorkshire Museum reopened on 1 August 2010 following a nine-month £2million refurbishment project. Five new galleries now showcase some of Britain's finest archaeological treasures and many rare animals, birds and fossils, in exciting new displays. Our aim is to make the Yorkshire Museum a must-see destination in a tour around the beautiful city of York. Come and see us this summer and give us your verdict, whether you're a regular user of the museum or a first-time visitor. The refurbishment work has also restored the museum's Georgian building, letting in more natural light and opening up spaces that have been divided up over the years. The museum was opened in 1830 by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society and was one of the first purpose-built museums in the country."
If you are exploring York you will find that the Yorkshire Museum is close to the York Eye, The Railway Museum, the River boat trips, shops and cafes. Part of the gardens plays host to the York Mystery plays which are scheduled for August 2012.
On entering the museum the main forecourt includes an interactive Roman display. Tap on an image and the Roman soldier or villager will come to life on a life size screen and talk to you. This will fascinate children and adults alike. Also included in the Yorkshire Museum is a large lecture theatre where museum visitors can watch a brief film showing the time-line for the history of York.
The gardens cover ten acres and reach as far as the York Art Gallery. Historic buildings and remains of ancient walls are surrounded by green areas and flowers. For our Spring visit it was daffodils brightening up our days.
The website carries full pricing and opening time details which include.
Museum - We are open daily from 10am - 5pm, except for 25 and 26 December, and 1 January, and will be closing at 2.30pm on 24 and 31 December.
Gardens - The gardens are open daily from 7.30am, except for 25 December. From late October until late March, they close at 6pm, and during the summer months they open later into the evening.
Entry to the gardens is free. The Gardens are closed on the mornings of 7 February, 21 April, 2 June, 10 June, 11 June and 14 November, 2011, for Royal Salute ceremonies.
Observatory - Every Saturday 11.30am - 2.30pm. Entry to the observatory is free.
Museum Admission - Adult - £7.50
Concessionary Adult - £6.50
Children under 16 - FREE ( this offer does not apply to organised groups or schools)
Residents with a York Card - FREE
Tags: Yorkshire Museum, York, river Ouse, York Gardens, York Gallery, Yorkshire history
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