And here’s the last museum in my series on the York Museum Trust: the Yorkshire Museum. The Yorkshire Museum is all about the history of the area. And the exhibitions range from: rediscovering the Vikings of York, to extinct creatures of the area, to the pre-historic people of York.
Of course, given York’s important Roman history, there’s a massive section on the Roman era of York, including a great number of artefacts. It was really exciting to stumble across a Roman sarcophagus that had been dug up at the top of our road!
My favourite exhibition is the Viking exhibition, because I loved how brilliantly interactive it was! It also has some of the best Viking and Anglo-Saxon discoveries in the country on display. They had a Viking board game on display that you could play. (It was all about invading and defending your base – go figure!) It turned into my new favourite game. I completely hogged the space and insisted that Sam and I play 3 times. The Yorkshire Museum Trust partnered with the British Museum in creating a virtual reality room that brought to life a Viking invaders’ camp. I swear it was even complete with smells!
For people more interested in biology and geology than history, there are extensive collections of fossils, and extinct specimens such as cave bears. The Museum sits at the heart of Museum Gardens, which is some of the prettiest green area in York, and I can often be found in the gardens even when I’m not going into the museum. Make sure to leave some time in your schedule for a wander around outside as well.
My only tip would be to try avoiding the crowds by not going during school holidays!
The Yorkshire Museum is located at Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7FR
Have you been to York? What’s your favourite thing to do?
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