Museums in Yorkshire

Bradford Industrial Museum

Free To Visit Museums in Yorkshire

Great days out at fabulous free to visit museums across Yorkshire, including many of Yorkshire's National Museums.

Exhibit at the Royal Armouries in Leeds

Royal Armouries

The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds is home to the national collection of arms and armour. Visitors can explore arms and armour from across the world and throughout time in six themed galleries.

children playing and learning in Eureka Museum.

Eureka Museum

Eureka! The National Children's Museum is an interactive educational museum for children in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, with a focus on learning through play.

Hull Maritime Museum from Queen Victoria Square

Hull Maritime Museum

Discover the whaler’s craft of Scrimshaw and see a full sized whale skeleton, alongside superb ship models and stunning artefacts from Hull's whaling, fishing and merchant trade.

Experience Barnsley Musuem & Discovery Centre

Experience Barnsley Museum

Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre is dedicated to the history and people of Barnsley. Unique, hands-on and interactive exhibits encourage visitors to explore the people and places of Barnsley, ultimately leading them to discover a town with amazing stories and a rich and diverse heritage.

Street view of the National Science & Media Museum in Bradford

National Science & Media Museum

Explore the science and culture of sound and light technology on our lives over eight floors of exhibits, including the wonderfully fun WonderLab and three cinemas.

Jorvik Viking Centre Experience

Jorvik Viking Centre

The Jorvik Centre is a must-see attraction in York created on the actual site of an archaeological dig revealed York's past history.

Warley Museum

Warley Museum

The Warley Museum is located in Warely Village, near Halifax, and is possibly the smallest museum in the world - it's located in a decommissionedred telephone box.

Eden Camp

Eden Camp

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on the Home Front and the Front Line, all set in the buildings and grounds of an original World War 2 Prisoner of War Camp.

Display at Kelham Island Museum

Kelham Island Museum

Located in one of the city’s oldest industrial districts, the museum stands on a man-made island over 900 years old. Kelham Island Museum was opened in 1982 to house the objects, pictures and archive material representing Sheffield’s industrial story.

View of the exterior of Ripon Workhouse Museum

Ripon Workhouse Museum

The grim atmosphere of the Workhouse Museum has been carefully maintained in order to give visitors a sense of what life in a Victorian Workhouse could have been.

Street view of the Prison and police museum

Prison and Police Museum

Enter the grim prison with whitewashed cells and barred windows. On the ground floor is a history of policing in Yorkshire from the Anglo-Saxons to the formation of professional policing.

Ripon Courthouse Museum exterior

Courthouse Museum

Discover what being the Liberty of Ripon meant at the Courthouse Museum and learn about what happened in a courtroom in the 1800s. Experience standing in the dock and waiting for your sentence!

Ryedale Folk Museum

Ryedale Folk Museum

Ryedale Folk Museum in the North York Moors is an open-air museum with collections in historic buildings on rural local life from Iron Age to 1950s.

Craven Museum

Craven Museum

Craven Museum & Gallery is curently closed while a complete renovation is taking place. The museum depicts life in Craven from the prehistoric times to the modern day.

Cliffe Castle Museum

Cliffe Castle Museum

Visitors, to Cliffe Castle Museum, can see sparkling Victorian rooms and furniture, paintings, and decorative art. Special galleries deal with natural history, archaeology and social history, all of which can be seen on your visit along with the internationally important display of stained glass by Morris and Co. The Castle also hosts changing exhibitions from our collections and the community.

Bradford Industrial Museum

Bradford Industrial Museum

Bradford's Industrial Museum has permanent displays of textile machinery, steam power, engineering, printing machinery and motor vehicles, along with an exciting exhibitions programme.

Bolling Hall

Bolling Hall

With parts of the building dating from the Medieval, Bolling Hall is a rambling mixture of styles with every nook and cranny packed with history. Rooms are furnished and decorated to give an accurate taste of life at different periods of the house's history, and the fascinating furniture on display includes a superb bed made for Harewood House by Thomas Chippendale.

World of Herriot

World of Herriot

you’ve probably read his books or watched All Creatures Great and Small, or maybe you’ve heard of James Herriot on the TV series The Yorkshire Vet. Well why not come and see where James Herriot, the world’s most famous vet, lived, worked and wrote his incredibly successful series of books based on his experiences as a young North Yorkshire vet.

Exterior of York Chocolate Story.

York Chocolate Story

Discover York's fascinating history with chocolate, learn why we love chocolate so much, have a go at making your own and watch the experts.

Exterior of the Bronte Parsonage

Bronte Parsonage Museum

The Bronte Parsonage was the family home of the Bronte sisters, the building has been restored and is home to the largest collection of Bronte sisters writings, manuscripts and letters.

Victorian street at Abbey House Museum

Abbey House Museum

A family-friendly museum exploring social history and childhood in Victorian era Leeds. Be transported back to the 19th century and stroll the Victorian streets with the authentically recreated shops, pub and houses.

Leeds Industrial Museum

Leeds Industrial Museum

Explore the spaces around the mill and find out what there is to see on your visit to Leeds Industrial Museum. Leeds Industrial Museum has changing exhibitions which are inspired by a theme from the museum’s collection, along with exciting events running throughout the year.

Exterior of Thwaites Watermill

Thwaite Watermill

Discover the charm of Thwaite Watermill, set on an island of its very own, hidden away in the south of Leeds. Sandwiched in between the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the River Aire, this beautiful heritage site has much to explore.

Jet on the runway at Elvington Yorkshire Air Museum

Yorkshire Air Museum

Experience more than a century of aviation, all in one historic location. Yorkshire’s leading aviation history destination. Indoor and Outoor Exhibitions.

Tractors at Yorkshire Museum of Farming

Yorkshire Museum of Farming at Murton Park

The Yorkshire Museum of Farming is dedicated to the preservation of the history of farming in Yorkshire and further afield. Our museum is located at Murton Park, near the village of Murton which lies just outside York. Murton Park is also home to the Danelaw Centre for Living History and The Derwent Valley Light Railway.

Yorkshire Musuem

Yorkshire Museum

The Yorkshire Museum was one of the earliest purpose-built museums in the country. Today the museum houses galleries showcasing some of Britain’s finest archaeological treasures from the city’s Roman, Viking and medieval past as well as a nationally significant natural science collection, some of which is on show in Yorkshire’s Jurassic World.

York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum

Welcome to the award-winning York Castle Museum - come and immerse yourself in over 400 years of York's past. Come and see hundreds of years of York’s history in one place – from recreated Jacobean dining rooms to infamous Victorian criminals and all the way to the Space Age and the swinging Sixties.

Exhibit at Thackray Medical Museum

Thackray Museum of Medicine

Follow the story of medicine, wander through the grimy streets of Victorian Leeds, watch gruesome operations taking place in our 19th-century operating theatre, visit a seventies-style sexual health clinic, chart how well the world responds to crisis, and discover the medical innovations that changed the world.

Miner underground in NCMME pit.

National Coal Mining Museum For England

The National Coal Mining Musuem for England preserves the heritage of the coal mining industry through informative and fun interactive exhibits. The museum offers indoor, outdoor and underground areas to explore.

Replica T-Rex at Dinostars

Dinostar - Dinosaur Experience

Visit Dinostar - Hull's Dinosaur Experience - the exciting, interactive dinosaur museum. A children's museum with dinosaurs! Highlights include a Tyrannosaurus rex skull, Triceratops bones you can touch and our interactive Sand Box where you can build a volcano!

Tolson Museum

Tolson Museum

A vivid and intriguing picture of the area and its people, from pre-history to present day, revealed through unique collections. From Roman finds to textiles, birds to transport, Tolson is a treasure house of the fascinating, the curious and the amazing.

Swaledale Museum

Swaledale Museum

The Museum specialises in collecting objects and archives from Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. The main focus is on lead mining and the culture and community this industry created, from geological specimens, prehistoric finds, and tools connected with lead mining, to local farming and crafts.

Bagshaw Museum

Bagshaw Museum

Explore the world at Bagshaw Museum! A Victorian former mill owner's house set in 36 acres of parkland and ancient woodland, the museum displays a wide range of unusual and exciting collections from around the globe.

Interior of Rotunda Museum

Rotunda Museum

Eureka! Opened in 1829, the Rotunda Museum is one of the world’s first purpose-built museums and was built to a design suggested by William ‘Strata’ Smith, known as the father of English Geology. The interior, with its fascinating Georgian gallery, features a frieze showing the geology of the local coastline designed by Smith’s nephew, John Phillips

Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens

Cannon Museum Hall and Gardens

The rooms at the Museum include both historic room settings and gallery displays of artworks spanning the centuries. We are also delighted to host ‘A Family of Artists’ exhibition with the De Morgan Foundation, featuring paintings by Evelyn De Morgan and ceramics by her husband William De Morgan.

Experience Barnsley Musuem & Discovery Centre

Bankfield Museum

A Museum since 1887, Bankfield tells the story of Halifax and Calderdale, using its rich and diverse collections. Bankfield Museum's displays cover local history, costume, art, toys, military history, jewellery and textiles from around the world. We also host temporary exhibitions including costume, embroidery, quilting, textile art, paintings and photography.

Exterior of Captain Cook Museum

Captain Cook Museum

The Museum is in an historic building on the harbourside, Walker's House. In 1746 James Cook, then aged seventeen, came here to be apprenticed to Captain John Walker. A beautiful 17th century house, this is the sole surviving building which can with certainty be connected to Cook.

York Dungeon

York Dungeon

2000 years of history are brought to horrible life at the York Dungeon; an essential part of the complete York experience. Immersive sets, incredible actors and unique stories allow you to see, hear, smell and feel York's darkest history.

children playing and learning in Eureka Museum.

Eureka Museum

Eureka! The National Children's Museum is an interactive educational museum for children in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, with a focus on learning through play.

Hull Maritime Museum from Queen Victoria Square

Hull Maritime Museum

Discover the whaler’s craft of Scrimshaw and see a full sized whale skeleton, alongside superb ship models and stunning artefacts from Hull's whaling, fishing and merchant trade.

Experience Barnsley Musuem & Discovery Centre

Experience Barnsley Museum

Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre is dedicated to the history and people of Barnsley. Unique, hands-on and interactive exhibits encourage visitors to explore the people and places of Barnsley, ultimately leading them to discover a town with amazing stories and a rich and diverse heritage.