York Museums Trust

Adult Learning

York Museums Trust has an exciting and varied programme of workshops and events for adults, themed around the exhibitions and collections of the museums. Sessions include object handling, curators talks, expert lectures and craft and art based workshops. All adult learning sessions are delivered by museum staff or specialists tutors, and require no previous knowledge or experience.

Please visit the Events section on our website to see what’s coming up.


Booking Information

Booking is required for most events, courses and activities through York Museums Trust (unless otherwise stated).

To book a place, please call us on 01904 697633 (Monday – Friday).

Please contact us as soon as possible if for any reason you cannot attend.

York Museums Trust reserve the right to cancel any events if there are insufficient bookings.



The cost of each event is listed – please pay when booking (we accept debit cards).

Payment does not include admission charges. If you wish to visit the museum/gallery before or after the event then usual admission charges will apply. Our ‘Kids Go Free’ offer still applies.



York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum have baby changing facilities and disabled access toilets. There is a café at York Castle Museum and at York Art Gallery.



Admission is free for wheelchair users and their helpers.

Please note that the upper floors of York Castle Museum and some areas of the Yorkshire Museum are not currently accessible. For further information, please call us prior to booking – 01904 687687.

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NEW! – Booked Adult Group Offer At York Castle Museum.

We are pleased to be able to offer a choice of three activities for groups of 10 or more adults who book in advance at York Castle Museum:

A Lesson in the Victorian Classroom (45 minutes)

Meet our strict schoolteacher who will lead you through the ‘three Rs’, drill and an object lesson in our recreated schoolroom. Behaviour and manners need to be at their best as there’s always the threat of the cane or the back straightener!

This session is for a maximum of 18 adults. £45

Tour of Kirkgate (45 minutes)

Hear the stories behind the original shops in York that inspired Kirkgate, England’s oldest recreated street. Discover what life was like for those living in York in the late 1800s and how wealth affected their lives.

This session is for a maximum of 15 adults. £45

Prison Life – A Tour with Original Objects to Handle (45 minutes)

The site where the museum now stands has been a place of justice and imprisonment for around 1,000 years. Visit the recreated prison and find out about the poor sanitary arrangements, the punishments and the exercise that felons faced every day. The tour is followed by the opportunity to handle original prison objects from the past two centuries.

This session is for a maximum of 15 adults. £45


Please let us know if any of your group has any additional needs that we may need to be aware of when making your booking.