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Scary mermaids, cursed toys and mummified cats… Curator battle started by Yorkshire Museum goes global in bid to find creepiest objects

Some of the creepiest objects you will ever see have been submitted by museums and museum visitors from around the world after a Yorkshire Museum’s Tweet went viral. Since it has been closed because of COVID-19, the Yorkshire Museum in York has launched a weekly #curatorbattle to challenge museums and visitors to put forward …

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Get ready to roll… Create your own colourful pace eggs this Easter with a free activity pack

Learn how to create your own colourful pace eggs and get ready to roll this Easter as York Museums Trust invites you to take part in a Yorkshire tradition dating back hundreds of years. Pace eggs are hard boiled eggs dyed in a variety of natural colours which form the basis of a number of …

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All YMT attractions are currently closed in line with the Government advice on Coronavirus.

During the coronavirus crisis, York Museums Trust is continuing to follow government advice and the safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors are of the utmost importance. In line with the latest guidelines, from tomorrow, 18th March 2020, York Castle Museum, York Art Gallery and the Yorkshire Museum will be closed until further notice. …

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Future Greats: Aesthetica Art Prize 2020

The Aesthetica Art Prize returns with 18 shortlisted artists who make sense of our changing world, responding to digital identities and global constructs. The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of works that redefine the parameters of contemporary art. The annual prize, now in its 13th year, provides a platform for both established and emerging practitioners …

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Family Fun at York Museums Trust this February and March

We have a wide range of events happening at all our sites including York Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum and York Art Gallery throughout February and March! See them all below. If you want entry into all sites, why not buy a YMT card that gives you access to all three sites for a whole year! …

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Upcoming exhibition – Harland Miller: York, So Good They Named It Once

York Art Gallery presents Miller’s largest solo exhibition to date 14 Feb – 31 May 2020   Harland Miller: York, So Good They Named It Once will feature some of Miller’s best-known works alongside new paintings created especially for the exhibition. These include his renowned ‘Penguin Book Covers’, inspired by the dust jackets of volumes from the 1950 …

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Famous Portrait of King Richard III to go on Display at the Yorkshire Museum

The world-famous late 16th century portrait of Richard III will go on display at the Yorkshire Museum as part of a new exhibition, in summer 2020. The painting, which has become synonymous with the depiction of Richard III, is on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, London, and will be displayed alongside the museum’s outstanding …

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A Dickensian Christmas on Kirkgate

Every weekend, 16th November — 24th December Step foot into a story book full of Dickensian characters and surround yourself in the magic of Christmas past at York Castle Museum this festive season. Every weekend from November 16 the museum’s decorated Victorian street Kirkgate will come to life – will you spot Ebenezer Scrooge as he walks …

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Emotion in the Museum

13th – 14th March 2020 Humanities Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building University of York Keynote Speakers: Professor Laurajane Smith                 Dr Bernadette Lynch  

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Gillian Lowndes: At the Edge

Opening 23 November 2019 See the ground-breaking works of Gillian Lowndes (1936-2010), the most radical ceramicist of the twentieth century, in the new exhibition Gillian Lowndes: On the Edge, showcased in the Centre of Ceramic Arts (CoCA) at York Art Gallery. From the 1970s onwards, artist Gillian Lowndes was at the forefront of a new style of …

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