Five museums you cannot miss in York
York is a city of story, with two thousand years of history, full of curiosities and charms. We are north of Yorkshire (England), which is county capital.Today we are left with five must York museums chosen from its cultural offerings.
We started by the Yorkshire Museum, a neoclassical building designed by William Wilkins to be the museum of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society (opened in 1830, one of the oldest in England). It has four permanent collections of biology, geology, archeology and astronomy, with the status of “prominent English Collection”. Museum Gardens (are open to the public park) are truly wonderful, perfect if we are lucky to enjoy good weather picnic between the playful squirrels or rest in front of the remains of an ancient abbey.
The National Railway Museum was established in 1975 by joining the Museum of York Rail and London Transport. We have talked about this great museum, because it seems a fabulous visit for lovers of trains, for families with children and for the curious in general. Among its jewels is the locomotive Mallard in 1938 made the steam speed record of 126 miles per hour or luxury cars of Adelaide and Victoria queens. The entrance to the museum is free.
The Castle Museum is one of the most important ethnographic museums, with its “Kirk collection” Street rebuilt with original Victorian facades of houses and rooms from the Victorian Jacobean period, and a very interesting collection of musical instruments. The Debtor’s Prison which is next, built in 1705 by Sir John Vanbrugh, is an extension of the museum, with a collection of everyday life on its first floor and arms in the second. Behind the corn mill “Raindale”, along the Floss it has been rebuilt. Free entry with the York Pass.
The City of York Art Gallery is a beautiful gallery with more than one representative paintings of European art: Guardi, Lely, Reynolds or Domenichino … The interior also houses a large collection of pottery, founded in 1879, the Centre of Ceramic Art CoCA , the largest and most important in the UK. A museum with interactive parts that delight the whole family and which enjoy art from classic to contemporary. An important collection of decorative arts from more than 3,000 pieces (ceramics, glass …). Free entry with the York Pass.
The Vikings are part of the history of York since he took the city in 866, renaming Jorvic (from which the current name, after the Roman foundation as “Eboracum” and the name given by the Anglos, Eoferwic). Evoking this period of Danish rule have the museum Jorvik Viking Centre. This is a highly recommended visit if traveling with children. At present the museum is closed due to renovations after the floods of 2015. It is expected to open in spring 2017.
These are not the only museums in York, but we seem most interesting for the traveler. Expect for your visit to the city, next to the fascinating and essential York Minster, and that you may tell us in detail.