List of museums in North Yorkshire

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This list of museums in North Yorkshire, England contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Image Town/City Region Type Summary
Aldborough Roman Site Aldborough Harrogate Archaeology Operated by English Heritage, excavated Roman fort and artifacts
Bar Convent
York York Religious 17th century Roman Catholic convent that was established and operated in secret, museum of its history
Barley Hall
York York Historic house Excavated and reconstructed medieval house
Beck Isle Museum
Pickering Ryedale History Period shops displays, Victorian-era pub and parlour, historic costume gallery
Bedale Museum
Bedale Hambleton Local website, local history, household and agriculture tools and items, located in Bedale Hall
Beningbrough Hall
Beningbrough Hambleton Historic house Operated by the National Trust, late Georgian mansion with baroque interior, walled garden, home to over 100 portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery
Bolton Castle
Castle Bolton Richmondshire Historic house Medieval fortress where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1569 after her defeat at the Battle of Langside
Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage Centre Staithes Scarborough Biographical website, memorabilia and antiquities related to Captain James Cook, local history, fishing and mining
Captain Cook Birthplace Museum
Marton Middlesbrough Biographical History and memorabilia of explorer Captain James Cook
Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Whitby Scarborough Historic house 17th-century house where the young James Cook lodged as apprentice, period rooms, exhibits on Cook, his voyages and their impact
Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum Great Ayton Hambleton Education website, reconstructed early 18th century schoolroom, exhibits about James Cook's early life and education, and his later achievements
Castle Howard
Castle Howard York Historic house Early 18th century stately home with 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of gardens and landscapes, collections of paintings, antiquities, bronzes, furniture and tapestries
City Walls Experience at Micklegate Bar York York History website, located in the Micklegate Bar, history of York city walls
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum Skinningrove Redcar and Cleveland Mining website, also known as the Tom Leonard Mining Museum, ironstone mining, mine tours, skills, customs and life of the miners
Courthouse Museum Ripon Harrogate Law enforcement website, 19th century period courthouse, part of the "Yorkshire Law and Order Museums"
Craven Museum & Gallery Skipton Craven Multiple website, local social history, archaeology, geology, art
Dales Countryside Museum Hawes Hambleton Local Local history of the Yorkshire Dales, including school days, home life, leisure time, religion, transport, communication and tourism, farming, local crafts and industries
DIG: an archaeological adventure York York Archaeology Discovery centre about the science of archaeology and area excavations
Dorman Museum
Linthorpe Middlesbrough Local Industrial designer Christopher Dresser, local Linthorpe Pottery, natural history, local history, pottery and decorative arts, Ancient Egyptian and Roman artefacts.
Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum
Malton Ryedale Military Former prisoner of war camp in World War II, themed barracks displays about the war
Fairfax House
York York Historic house Georgian townhouse with restored 18th century interior
Filey Museum Filey Scarborough Local website, local history, culture, fishing, farming, period craft and room displays
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
Aldfield Harrogate Multiple Operated by the National Trust, include the ruins of the 12th century Cistercian monastery, Fountain Hall, Studley Royal Park, 12th-century Cistercian cornmill, water garden
Gayle Mill
Gayle Richmondshire Technology Restored 18th-century cotton mill and now sawmill
Goddards House and Garden York York Historic house Operated by the National Trust, former home of the Terry's family with exhibits about the family and their chocolate business
Grassington Folk Museum Skipton Craven History website, local history, lead mining, minerals, tools, farming, period costumes, Yorkshire Dales Railway, household items
Green Howards Regimental Museum Richmond Richmondshire Military History and memorabilia of the Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment)
Guisborough Museum Guisborough Redcar and Cleveland Local information, local social, agricultural and commercial history
Holgate Windmill Holgate York Mill Late 18th-century tower windmill under restoration
Hovingham Hall Hovingham Ryedale Historic house 18th century Palladian-style country house, childhood home of Katharine, Duchess of Kent
Jorvik Viking Centre York York Archaeology Preserved remains of the Viking city of Jórvík, reconstructed 10th century settlement with living history enactors
Kiplin Hall Scorton Richmondshire Historic house 17th century Jacobean house, exhibit on George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore and family
Kirkleatham Museum Kirkleatham Redcar and Cleveland Multiple website, local history, art including works by the Staithes group, toys, mining, culture
Knaresborough Castle Knaresborough Harrogate History Ruins of medieval fortress, Courthouse Museum of local history, royal residents, medieval life exhibit, Tudor courtroom
Kohima Museum Fulford York Military website, located within Imphal Barracks and dedicated to the 1944 Battle of Kohima in India and the British and Indian soldiers who fought there
Malton Museum Malton Ryedale Archaeology website, local Roman-era artifacts, reconstructed village home and artifacts from Wharram Percy, a deserted medieval village
Mansion House York York Historic house Early Georgian townhouse, official home of the Lord Mayor of York
Markenfield Hall Ripon Harrogate Historic house 14th century medieval country house
Mercer Art Gallery Harrogate Harrogate Art website, municipal art gallery for Harrogate district's fine art collection which consists of some 2000 works of art, mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries
Merchant Adventurers' Hall York York History Medieval guild hall, almshouse and chapel with art, furniture and furnishings from different periods
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Art Contemporary art gallery
Moulton Hall Moulton Richmondshire Historic house Operated by the National Trust, 17th-century manor house, open by advance arrangement
Museum of Victorian Science Glaisdale Scarborough Science website, early scientific equipment and electrical instruments, open by appointment
National Railway Museum York York Railway History of rail transport in Britain and its impact on society, locomotives, rolling stock, equipment, artifacts and memorabilia
Newby Hall Ripon Harrogate Historic house Late 17th-century house with interior by Robert Adam, gardens
Newham Grange Leisure Farm Coulby Newham Middlesbrough Agriculture Farm park and rare breed conservation centre, reconstructions of a 19th-century veterinary surgery and an early 20th-century agricultural merchants shop, history of farming since the 17th century
Nidderdale Museum Pateley Bridge Harrogate History Rural life, period rooms and trades, costumes, agriculture tools and equipment, local industries and transport vehicles
North Yorkshire Moors Railway Pickering Ryedale Railroad Heritage railroad, exhibits in the Pickering railway station
North Yorkshire Motor Museum Thornton-le-Dale Ryedale Transportation website, commercial vehicles, automobiles, motorbikes, memorabilia, operated by Mathewson's North Yorkshire
Nunnington Hall Nunnington Ryedale Historic house Operated by the National Trust, country house with 17th and 18th century period rooms, art and photography exhibits
Ormesby Hall Ormesby Redcar and Cleveland Historic house Operated by the National Trust, 18th-century mansion house with Victorian kitchen and laundry, gardens, weekend living history enactors
Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire Museum York York Military History and artifacts of the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire; located in the same building as the Royal Dragoon Guards Museum
Prison & Police Museum Ripon Harrogate Prison website, 19th century prison and later police station, includes prison cells, pillory, stocks, whipping post, police box, history of policing, uniforms, insignia, part of the "Yorkshire Law and Order Museums"
Queen's Own Yorkshire Yeomanry Museum York York Military information, history and artifacts of the Queen's Own Yorkshire Yeomanry, open by appointment
Quilt Museum and Gallery York York Art History of British quilt making and textile arts
Richard III Experience at Monk Bar York York Prison Located in the Monk Bar, historic prison with exhibits of Richard III, last king of the Plantagenet dynasty
Richmondshire Museum Richmond Richmondshire Local Local history, transportation, lead mining, period chemist's shop, grocer's shop and post office, set from the All Creatures Great and Small TV series
Robin Hood's Bay and Fylingdales Museum Robin Hood's Bay Scarborough Local website, local history, smuggling, fishing, shipping
Royal Dragoon Guards Museum York York Military History and artifacts of the regiment
Royal Pump Room Museum Harrogate Harrogate Local Local history, culture, artifacts from Ancient Egypt, sulphur well, spa town heritage, Victorian home life
Rotunda Museum Scarborough Scarborough Natural history Jurassic fossils and minerals, geology
Ryedale Folk Museum Hutton-le-Hole Ryedale Open air website, historic buildings from different eras, trades and types, art gallery
Scampston Hall Scampston Ryedale Historic house 1690 country house, remodeled in the late 1700s, decorated in 1860 and 1910, collection of paintings, porcelain and furniture, known for contemporary walled garden
Scarborough Art Gallery Scarborough Scarborough Art website
Scarborough Fair Collection Lebberston Scarborough Amusement Mechanical organs, steam engines, fairground rides, vintage cars, miniature vehicles and model railways
Shandy Hall Coxwold Hambleton Historic house Home of the Rev. Laurence Sterne, who is famous for his novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
Skipton Castle Skipton Craven Historic house Medieval fortress castle with six drum towers
Sutton Park Sutton-on-the-Forest Hambleton Historic house 18th century Georgian country house
Swaledale Museum Reeth Richmondshire Local Local history, geology, lead mining, trades, farming, culture
Thirsk Museum Thirsk Hambleton Local website, local history, culture, 19th century period cottage kitchen, Victorian bedroom, early 20th century period sitting room, period shop displays, archaeology, cricketing memorabilia
Tockett's Mill Guisborough Redcar and Cleveland Mill website, restored water-driven corn mill and restaurant
Treasurer's House York York Historic house Operated by the National Trust, reflects different periods from the Roman to Edwardian eras, collection of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles and paintings from a 300-year period
Whitby Abbey Whitby Scarborough Religious Operated by English Heritage, remains and artifacts of the Benedictine abbey, visitor centre in Cholmley House
Whitby Lifeboat Museum Whitby Scarborough Maritime website, lifesaving history and artifacts, a lifeboat, models, paintings, medals, photographs, lifeboat kit, items from famous rescues, famous coxswains Henry Freeman and Tom Langlands
Whitby Museum Whitby Scarborough Multiple Local history, social history, Pannett Art Gallery, costumes, Whitby jet, Captain James Cook and HM Bark Endeavour, whaling industry, natural history, jewellery,
Winkies Castle Folk Museum Marske-by-the-Sea Redcar and Cleveland Local Local history, culture
Workhouse Museum Ripon Harrogate History website, 19th century workhouse, part of the "Yorkshire Law and Order Museums"
World of James Herriot Thirsk Hambleton Biographical Life and works of veterinarian and author James Herriot, 1940s period house with veterinary science exhibits
York Art Gallery York York Art Collection includes paintings from 14th century to contemporary, and 20th century ceramics
York Castle Museum York York History Recreated Victorian street with shops, period rooms including a Victorian parlour and Jacobean dining room, displays of everyday life, 1960s memorabilia, wartime experience in World War II, York Castle Prison
York Cold War Bunker Holgate York Military Secret Cold War bunker to monitor nuclear explosions and fallout in the event of nuclear war
York Minster York York Religious Cathedral, tower, stained glass window conservation centre, exhibits of art and history of the cathedral
York St. Mary's York York Art Contemporary visual art space in a deconsecrated medieval church, operated by York Museums Trust
Yorkshire Air Museum Elvington York Aviation Historic aircraft, history of RAF Elvington, military vehicles, exhibits on air gunners, RAF Bomber Command
Yorkshire Museum York York Multiple Natural history, geology, archaeology and astronomy
Yorkshire Museum of Farming Murton York Agriculture Agriculture equipment, rural life, changes in farming, small section of the Derwent Valley Light Railway, live animals
Zetland Lifeboat Museum and Redcar Heritage Centre Redcar Redcar and Cleveland Maritime website, houses the Zetland lifeboat, exhibits about lifesaving rescues, replica fisherman's cottage, area maritime heritage

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