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York Museums & Galleries

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

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.

York Museums and Galleries

blank tabYORKSHIRE AIR MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Halifax Way, Elvington, York
Unique award winning museum based on authentic WWII Bomber Command Station.

Tremendous atmosphere with fascinating exhibitions including restored Control Tower, Memorial Gardens and Rooms, Air Gunners' display, Airborne Forces Museum and much more.

The impressive collection of aircraft includes a restored WWII Halifax bomber.

Modern jets including Harrier GR3 and Tornado GR4.
Tel: 01904608595
E-mail: museum@yorkshireairmuseum.org
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blank tabNATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
Get up close to over 300 years of fascinating history in York's only National Museum.

Explore our giant halls full of trains and railway legends including the majestic Duchess of Hamilton and a replica of Stephenson's groundbreaking Rocket or marvel at the stunning opulence of the Royal Trains.

Discover the Museum's hidden treasures in the Warehouse and in Search Engine, our library and archive centre. Watch the engines move on the turntable or the engineers at work in the Workshop.

With an outdoor play area, science shows, miniature railway rides, talks, tours and a special event programme, there is something here for everyone. Free Admission.
Tel: 08448 153139    Fax: 08448 153404
E-mail: nrm@nrm.org.uk
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blank tabYORK CASTLE MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
The Eye of York, York, YO1 9RY

York Castle Museum is world-famous for its fascinating exhibits that bring memories to life. Walk through Victorian streets and shops of old York, experience the everyday life of the past 300 years and venture into Dick Turpin's cell.
Tel: 01904 687687    Fax: 01904 671078See our website

blank tabYORKSHIRE MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7FR

Discover over 1,000 years of Yorkshire heritage at the Yorkshire Museum. Take a journey through time and discover the Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking and Medieval treasure of York and Yorkshire. Don't miss our exciting touring exhibitions throughout the year.
Tel: 01904 687687    Fax: 01904 687674See our website

blank tabYORK ART GALLERYMuseums & Galleries
Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW

Experience the world through oil and canvas, watercolours and ceramics. Walk through galleries spanning six hundred years from the time of the War of the Roses right up to the present day. Welcome to the free York Art Gallery. York Art Gallery is a part of York Museums Trust. Events for families during holidays.
Tel: 01904 687687    Fax: 01904 697966See our website

Diane Thornton

Farthings Studio, 1 The Vale, Skelton, York, YO30 1YH
Tel: 01904 470311      E-mail: artgaldiane88@aol.co.uk

Online Art Gallery featuring the work of well known York artist Diane Thornton.

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Impressions Gallery of Photography

29 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN
Tel: 01274 737843   Fax: 01274 734 635   E-mail: enquiries@impressions-gallery.com

Located in a beautiful Georgian Townhouse, the Gallery shows a changing programme of innovative contemporary photographic and new media installation work by British and international artists. Attached is a lively conservatory cafe serving light lunches and excellent cakes and coffee.

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Eden Camp

Off A169 Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6RT
Tel: 01653 697777     E-mail: admin@edencamp.co.uk

A visit to Eden Camp will transport you back to wartime Britain. You will experience the sights, sounds and even smells of those dangerous years. This multi award-winning Museum is constructed in the huts of an original Prisoner of War Camp built in 1942. Allow 4 hours plus for a visit.

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The Bar Convent Museum

17 Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AQ
Tel: 01904 643238    Fax: 01904 631792   E-mail: info@bar-convent.org.uk

An elegant Georgian building which provides an excellent setting in which to enjoy a conference, business meeting or informal get-together. A perfect venue for fashion shows or concerts which are programmed to take place periodically during the year. The chapel is used daily by the Community; there is a weekly Mass and weddings and christenings may be arranged through the usual channels.

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