Toy Stories York Castle Museum, York, YO1 9RY Open daily 9:30am - 5pm.
Take a trip back to your childhood and rediscover some of your favourite toys in this special exhibition. Bikes, bath toys, computer games, Lego and beautiful handmade dolls are among the toys on show from the last 150 years so you can pick out your favourites and share stories with family and friends.
Play together in our exciting Castle inspired play area or head off on the teddy bear trail for children around the exhibition. yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk
Capital of the North Yorkshire Museum, York Museum Gardens, YO1 7FR
Open daily 10am - 5pm.
In the medieval kingdoms of Britain, the north was ruled from York. Anglian kings were baptised in its churches, Viking warriors plotted their southern raids and the Normans cruelly stamped their authority on the masses. From the ravages of war the city went on to flourish in a golden age of innovation, religion and trade.
Featuring some of the most prestigious and significant medieval objects ever found in Britain and exploring the lives of some of the most powerful people of the period, this new exhibition will tell the extraordinary story of how great swathes of the country were once ruled from within York's walls. yorkshiremuseum.org.uk
1914: When the World Changed Forever Venue: York Castle Museum
The terror of total war and its revolutionary impact on life around the world will be explored in this major new exhibition marking the centenary of the First World War.
From the pre-war golden age of peace and prosperity visitors will be sent to the recruitment office and travel via train to the horrors of the frontline - from rats to foot rot, shell shock to gas warfare. Back home, daily life in Britain was changing beyond recognition while around the world millions would die as Europe's empires clashed in the first truly global conflict.
New technology and research will be combined with the museum's extensive military, costume and social history collections to tell the fascinating and often moving stories of the Yorkshire people who lived and died during the war that they said would end all wars.
The exhibition is the central part of a £1.7 million project at the museum, with the majority of the funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk
The Sixties York Castle Museum, York, YO1 9RY
Open daily 9:30am - 5pm.
The Sixties exhibition aims to recreate the spirit of this exciting decade which saw momentous change in so many areas of public and private life.
The gallery uses fascinating and iconic objects from the social history, art, fashion, military and astronomy collections to bring back the atmosphere of change which swept over the country during the 1960s. Highlights include a Lambretta scooter, a Dansette record player, Beatles singles and fashion by Mary Quant. yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk
Shaping the Body - Food, Fashion & Life York Castle Museum, York, YO1 9RY Open daily
From 18th century bum rolls, through to the Victorian hour glass figure, the punks of the Seventies and the perms of the Eighties, see how our bodies have been shaped and designed through the choices we make and the consequences of our lifestyles. Meet the people who have pushed their bodies to the limits to gain the look they crave and find out about dangerous fashions such as the women who wore extra tight corsets, high heels and even poisonous dresses!
Medieval York: Capital Of The North 2 December 2017 - 14 November 2018 Yorkshire Museum
From the fifth century, for a thousand years, the North of England was ruled from York. In this new exhibition, showcasing the Yorkshire Museum's permanent collection of the region's greatest surviving treasures, explore how York became England's second city and how its fortunes rose and fell with its ties to the Crown and the Church.
As the capital of religion, royal power, commerce, art, conflict and wealth across the Anglian, Viking, Norman, Medieval and Tudor periods, discover how the most powerful people in the world once ruled from within York's City Walls.
Through the finest medieval discoveries ever unearthed, including the Middleham Jewel, the Escrick ring and a Richard III supporters Boar Badge, the latest metal detected finds and brand new research, this exhibition will tell the only complete medieval history of York in the city.
Yorkshire’s Jurassic World 24 March 2018 to 22 January 2019 Venue: Yorkshire Museum
Take an epic journey back through 150 million years of Yorkshire to discover lost giants and the changing worlds they inhabited in this brand new major exhibition.
From the depths of the deepest seas to the ancient coasts and tropical shallows; meet the dinosaurs and sea dragons that once roamed our vast and ever-changing landscapes.
Experience each Jurassic world as the colossal creatures and their surroundings are brought to life using the latest research and ground-breaking technology.
Inspect the finest details of an ichthyosaur as its flesh and skin are superimposed over its preserved skeleton; serve a sauropod dinosaur its supper as our VR headset reincarnates the oldest sauropod remains ever found in the UK; tremble at a terrifying Megalosaur tooth as you stand amid the carnivore’s hunting habitat, and much more.
Rediscover our prehistoric predecessors through the oldest and most fascinating remains in the region as you step into Yorkshire’s Jurassic World.
Easter Holiday Fun At York Castle Museum!
A Flavour of a Victorian Easter Daily 24 March – 8 April, 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns! One a penny, two a penny, Hot cross buns! Discover more about the history of Easter traditions and enjoy demonstrations of making hot cross buns using Victorian recipes– you might even get to try some! Included in admission, no need to book.
Create at Castle Daily 24 March – 8 April, 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
Enjoy family-friendly arts and crafts activities exploring Victorian Easter card designs inspired by our historic collection. All materials are provided. Included in admission, no need to book.
Easter Trail Daily 24 March – 15 April
Follow our Easter trail to solve the clues around the museum and enter our prize draw to win a sweet treat. 50p per trail (admission applies), no need to book.
Easter Holiday Fun At The Yorkshire Museum!
Join us this Easter as we open our doors on Yorkshire’s Jurassic World. Come along and experience three immersive environments as you come face to face with fossils from Coral Seas, marine reptiles from the Deep Oceans and Alan the Sauropod in Dinosaur Country!
Family Fun in the Science Lab
Daily 24 March – 8 April, 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
Enjoy creating a dinosaur skeleton in our dedicated learning space or have a go at our dino sorting games as you begin to understand some simple classification rules. Included in admission, no need to book.
Daily 24 March – 15 April
Learn to be a palaeontologist as you take our trail around the new gallery with your ‘field notebook’. Take rubbings and make sketches as you understand more about the hidden secrets beneath our feet. Included in admission, no need to book.
Jurassic Museum Monkeys
24 March – 8 April, 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
Discover what we have to offer for under 5s in our drop in Museum Monkeys sessions this Easter. Make the ammonite puzzle, match the dinosaur bones and play with the Jurassic sea creatures. Included in admission, no need to book.