York Castle Museum
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York Castle Museum
York Castle Museum is one of Britain's leading museums of everyday life.
It shows how people used to live by displaying thousands of household objects and by recreating rooms, shops, streets and even prison cells.
The museum, which opened in 1938, was named after the former York Castle, which stood on the site.. It shows how people used to live by displaying thousands of household objects and by recreating rooms, shops, streets and even prison cells.
It is best known for its recreated Victorian street, Kirkgate, which combines real shop fittings and stock with modern sound and light effects, to evoke an atmosphere of Victorian Britain.
The museum's room settings include a Victorian parlour, an 1850s Moorland cottage, Jacobean and Georgian dining rooms, a 1940s kitchen and a 1950s front room.
Their grooviest gallery, The Sixties, explores the music, fashion and everyday life of this exciting decade.
Elsewhere are displays of historic toys, fashion, armour, weapons, tools, printing presses, cooking utensils, farming equipment and much more.
The museum's past as two prison buildings is explored in York Castle Prison, where visitors come face to face with ex-prisoners including highwayman Dick Turpin, who was hanged in 1739 for horse stealing.
Conditions in the overcrowded prison were harsh and brutal and the real stories of the prisoners and staff are told in sometimes gruesome detail so watch out for that if your kids are a bit sensitive!
Turpin spent his last six months in the Debtors' Prison, which was built in 1701-5, and today houses half of the museum's displays. The other half of the museum was originally the Female Prison, built in 1780-83.
The museum, which opened in 1938, was named after the former York Castle, which stood on the site.
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It may be worth checking out York Castle Museum's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
We do strongly suggest you contact York Castle Museum before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.
9.30am - 5.00pm
Closed: 25 and 26 December and 1 January
Early closing: 24 and 31 December
Prices & Admission
Under 16s go free!
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