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North York Moors Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in North York Moors...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

North York Moors Museums and Galleries

Deepdale, Skinningrove, Cleveland, TS13 4AP
This nationally important museum offers visitors an exciting and authentic underground experience with a guided tour that lasts approximately 80 minutes.

Descend into the unknown underground world of an original mine tunnel. Hear how ironstone was first discovered in the Cleveland area and experience the cavernous ventilation spaces.

Nationally accredited museum, VB quality assured and TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Organised groups welcome all year by arrangement. The village boasts a beautiful unspoilt beach at Cattersty.

Open: Monday-Friday 10.00-3.30pm, Saturday 1.00-3.30pm, Closed: 1st November-1st April.
Tel: 01287 642877
E-mail: visits@ironstonemuseum.co.uk
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tabTHE WORLD OF JAMES HERRIOTMuseums & Galleries
23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, N Yorks, YO7 1PL
Soak up the atmosphere of our most famous country vet and his world. This is a unique tribute to vet and author James Herriot and is based in his original surgery at 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire - the 'Skeldale House' of the Herriot books - it takes visitors on a journey back to the 1940s.

There are recreated living quarters and sets from the TV series 'All Creatures Great and Small'. The original Austin 7 car used in the series sits in the cottage garden and an exclusive documentary to watch. An interactive gallery has been developed for children to experience science games with a veterinary twist. It sits alongside displays of artefacts from the veterinary world past and present.
Tel: 01845 524234    Fax: 01845 525333
E-mail: james.herriot@hambleton.gov.uk
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tabSWALEDALE MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
The Green, Reeth, Nr Richmond, N Yorks, DL11 6QT

The Museum is closed and RE-OPENS for 2016 Season on Monday 16th May. Opened in 1974, and is based in the old Methodist school built in 1836. It is tucked away just off the green down from the Post Office shop. It is set amidst the spectacular scenery of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. There are over 1,000 objects connected with living and working in the Dale spanning over four centuries, from lead mining to quilt making. Gifts, local interest books, maps and guides are on sale in the shop.
Tel: 01748 884118
E-mail: museum@swaledale.org
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tabEDEN CAMPMuseums & Galleries
Off A64 Malton, North Yorks, YO17 6RT

A unique Museum that will transport you back in time to wartime Britain. You will experience the sights, sounds, even the smells of those dangerous years. This is no ordinary Museum... reconstructed scenes using movement, lighting, sound, smells even smoke machines make you feel that you are taking part in history. This special award-winning Museum is an original Prisoner of War Camp built in 1942. Displays hold, and reveal the vital spirit which eventually triumphed in 1945. These superb and lifelike exhibits make a wonderful and educational day out for all the family. The only Theme Museum to offer such an experience, so don't miss it. We have excellent facilities and are fully accessible for the disabled and visually impaired. There is ample FREE PARKING. Braille sheets and tapes are available.
Tel: 01653 697777
E-mail: admin@edencamp.co.uk
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tabWHITBY MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Pannett Park, Whitby, YO21 1RE
Permanent displays about the history of Whitby including Captain Cook, the Scoresby's, giant fossils and model ships.

Unique collections of jet jewellery, Victorian samplers and much more.

Changing exhibitions in Museum and Art Gallery. Café.

Whitby Museum is over 200 years old.

Kids go FREE.
Tel: 01947 602908
E-mail: keeper@whitbymuseum.org.uk
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tabCRESCENT ARTSMuseums & Galleries
The Crescent, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2PW

Provides visual arts facilities and studio space for practising artists. A public gallery showing exhibitions of contemporary art in a wide variety of media and an education programme of workshops, courses and events. Exhibitions held at 14-15 Queen Street, Scarborough, Y011 1HA.
Tel: 01723 351461
E-mail: info@crescentarts.co.uk
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tabFILEY MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
8/10 Queen Street, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9HB

The museums' collections and displays reflect the history and development of Filey - from a fishing and farming community to its later development as a seaside resort. Fire engine on display. Replica baiting shed and a nice garden. Open from Good Friday to the last Sunday of October.
Tel: 01723 515013
E-mail: contact@fileymuseum.co.uk
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tabRYEDALE FOLK MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Hutton le Hole, North Yorkshire, YO62 6UA

Famous throughout the country, this museum houses a marvellous collection of over 20 buildings including cruck-framed long houses, a mediaeval glass kiln, an early photographer's studio, craft workshops and farm buildings spread over 6 acre's. 2013 saw them open the amazing new Harrison Collection, a photography exhibition, and become the proud owners of two pygmy goats and winners of the Yorkshire in Bloom best visitor attraction award. A Great day out for the whole family! - and the dog can come too. The Museum opens daily, has wheelchair access and hosts a full programme of special events during the year.
Tel: 01751 417367
E-mail: info@ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk
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Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life

Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8DU
Tel: 01751 473653     E-mail: beckisle@aol.com

Packed with collections from the Victorian Age, with something of interest for all, includes many typical shops of that era. Farm exhibits in outbuildings. Extensive photographic collection.

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Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum

101 High Street, Great Ayton, North Yorkshire TS9 6NB
Tel: 01642 722030     E-mail: contact@captaincookschoolroommuseum.co.uk

Originally the schoolroom where the young James Cook began his education. Displays relate to Cook's voyages and 18th century Great Ayton. The museum is on the first floor of the building, but there is a lift for the disabled. Peep-holes and activities for younger children.

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Captain Cook Memorial Museum

Grape Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4BA
Tel: 01947 601900     E-mail: captcookmuseum@tiscali.co.uk

Sited in actual house where James Cook stayed when serving his seaman's apprenticeship, the museum contains many genuine Cook connections.

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Robin Hood's Bay Museum

Fisherhead, Robin Hood's Bay, Whitby, YO22 4TQ
Tel: 01947 881252    E-mail: museum@rhbay.co.uk 

Open summer months. A local trust runs this small museum with exhibits on local geology, shipping, fishing and local history.

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The Sutcliffe Gallery

1 Flowergate, Whitby, YO21 3BA
Tel: 01947 602239     E-mail: sales@sutcliffegallery.co.uk

A display devoted to Frank Meadow-Sutcliffe's maritime and rural 19thC photographs. Prints available to order online the website.

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The Mouseman Visitor Centre

Kilburn, York, YO61 4AG
Tel: 01347 869102   E-mail: cath@robertthompsons.co.uk

The story of Robert Thompson , the village wheelwright, who became renowned as "The Mouseman" furniture maker. Visitors to the centre can pass through rooms set in the 1930s that are full of Robert Thompson’s own personal furniture made with his own hands and signed with early examples of the carved mouse symbol. Cafe and gift shop.

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Wordsworth Gallery

Gallows Hill, Brompton, YO13 9QF
Tel: 015394 35544

Where William Wordsworth got married, the mediaeval barn that was former home of Mary Hutchinson, his wife, has an exhibition of the poets Wordsworth and Coleridge, art gallery, shop and tea rooms.

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Staithes Heritage Centre

High Street, Staithes, Saltburn-By-The-Sea Cleveland. TS13 5BQ
Tel: 01947 841454     E-mail: captiancook@staithes.co.uk

Extensive displays of lives of the past residents of Staithes with particular reference to the Fishing Industry. This is a privately funded museum and there is a small entrance fee.

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