York Museums Trust

Museum Monkeys: Under 5’s Activities

York Museums Trust provides a range of activities and events for children under 5 to help them engage with the collections and exhibitions. Museum Monkeys activities we currently offer are Early Years Explorers and Museum Baby.

Due to popular demand more sessions have been added to the Museum Monkeys programme and booking will be easier than ever! Sessions are £4 per child (adult admission applies) and run during term time only.


Early Year Explorers (2-5)

10.00am – 11.00am and 11.30am – 12.30pm on Thursdays and/or Saturdays

Activities for children aged two to five year olds which includes songs, stories, games and craft activities. Sessions are based on familiar preschool play areas, which are enhanced to help children learn about the museums’ collections and exhibitions through play. Sessions are a mixture of free flow and adult led activities which all related to the Early Years curriculum.


Museum Baby (under 2’s)

10:00am – 11:00am on Fridays

Special baby sessions linked to exhibitions, including storytelling, songs and sensory activities for babies and their carers. Sessions are a mixture of free flow and adult led activities which all relate to the Early Years curriculum. A perfect introduction to museums!


More Information

Click here to visit our Events section.

Click here to download the latest Museum Monkeys programme.



Booking is essential for Museum Monkeys. Please remove your bookings if you cannot make the session, to allow others to attend. York Museums Trust reserve the right to cancel any events if there are insufficient bookings.

Click here to book on our Eventbrite page.



Sessions are £4 per child and adult admission applies (free for YMT Card holders). Sessions run during term time only. Museum and gallery admission applies. Get 12 months unlimited access to York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum with a YMT Card.

The YMT Card gives 12 months of unlimited access to all of York Museums Trust’s attractions – York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum – plus other benefits for just £22. An Access YMT Card is also available for anyone aged 17-24 or in receipt of benefits.

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York Castle Museum, York Art Gallery 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.


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