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An Audience with Father Christmas – Sat 7 Dec 2019

Dates: Saturday 7 December 2019–Sunday 8 December 2019, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

Every weekend from 16th November – 22nd December with extra week dates including Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th December.

10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm 
Online bookings only for 10:30am, 11:30am and 2:30pm sessions only.

Create unforgettable memories this festive season with York’s favourite Father Christmas. Enjoy a truly enchanting 30 minute experience and capture the moment with a photograph.

“This is definitely a Christmas trip my children will remember as they grow up.”

Prices

Child over 3  £8.50 plus museum admission
Universal Credit Child over 3 £4.25
(A child ticket for Father Christmas includes free admission of two parents/carers, but they do need to pay normal admission to York Castle Museum.)
Additional Adult price £8.50 plus museum admission
Additional Adult price Universal £4.25 plus museum admission

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The Design of Early Netherlandish Images – Sat 7 Dec 2019

Date: Saturday 7 December 2019, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

This lecture by Jeanne Nuechterlein, curator of the exhibition Making a Masterpiece: Bouts and Beyond (c.1450–2020), explores the ideas behind the making of early Netherlandish images, and why these artworks are still so effective today.

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Book Club – Sat 7 Dec 2019

Date: Saturday 7 December 2019, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

Join the book club with a difference. A friendly bunch of people who are passionate about history, museums and books. Come along to any of the sessions for a lively discussion regardless of whether you like or even finished the book!

Included in museum admission. No need to book.

Book list:

Collected Ghost Stories (Wordsworth Edition) by M.R.James

What could be better than ghost stories in the depths of winter? M.R. James, probably the finest ghost story writer England has ever produced, instils a satisfying sense of unease through classic tales such as ‘Oh,Whistle and I’ll come to you, my lad’,‘The Tractate Middoth’ and ‘Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook’

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York Museum Garden Tours – Sun 8 Dec 2019

Date: Sunday 8 December 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: York Museum Gardens

Meet inside the Museum Street gates and gain an insight into one of the most popular gardens in York. The gardens contain a wealth of plant life, botanical specimens and wildlife, as well as the spectacular ruins of St Mary’s Abbey and the Roman Multangular Tower. Our knowledgeable guides will show you the highlights of this truly unique garden.

Tours start at 1pm every Sunday and last approximately one hour.

Free, no need to book.

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Human Rights Day Events – Tue 10 Dec 2019

Date: Tuesday 10 December 2019, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

To mark Human Rights Day talks by members of York Human Rights City are taking place at the museum, as it displays the city’s Human Rights City Declaration.
It is signed by all four main political parties in York and created history in 2017 as the city became the UK’s first Human Rights City.

Talks at 11am and 2pm.

Included in the admission price, no need to book.

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Curator Talk: Copper Minerals from the Bronze Age to the Present Day – Tue 10 Dec 2019

Date: Tuesday 10 December 2019, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

This talk will explore copper minerals ranging from the Bronze age to the present day. Our lunchtime talks are ideal for gaining an insight into some of our most interesting artefacts from our archaeology and natural science collections. Talks take place Tuesdays 12.30-1pm and are FREE with admission. There’s no need to book.

Please note that we may occasionally have to change the dates or titles of talks – please call 01904 687687 or email enquiries@ymt.org.uk before your visit for the latest information.

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Early Years Explorers: Christmas special – Thu 12 Dec 2019

Date: Thursday 12 December 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue: York Castle Museum

Early Years Explorers (two – five years old) Thursdays, 10am – 11am

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

Sessions are now FREE! Museum admission applies. (Free admission for under 5s)

Castle Museum

Early Years Explorers Christmas special

Be an elf and help Santa to pack the toys, go down the chimney and find the stars in the Reindeer food!

Book your place here.

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Museum Baby: Christmas Special – Fri 13 Dec 2019

Cartoon monkey face against yellow background

Date: Friday 13 December 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue: York Castle Museum

Museum Baby (two years and under) Fridays, 10am – 11am

Special baby sessions linked to exhibitions, including 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!

Sessions are now FREE! Museum admission applies. (Free admission for under 5s)

York Castle Museum

Museum Baby Christmas Special

Be an elf and help Santa to pack the toys, go down the chimney like Santa, and find the stars in the Reindeer food.

Book your place here.

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Skills Talk on Gallery: Making Paint – Fri 13 Dec 2019

Date: Friday 13 December 2019, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Discover how paint was made before the days of art shops and mass-produced tubes. Artist Toni Watts will be talking about where the colours used in early Netherlandish art came from and transforming dry pigments into beautiful paint.

 

Included in admission, just drop-in!

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An Audience with Father Christmas – Sat 14 Dec 2019

Dates: Saturday 14 December 2019–Sunday 15 December 2019, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

Every weekend from 16th November – 22nd December with extra week dates including Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th December.

10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm 
Online bookings only for 10:30am, 11:30am and 2:30pm sessions only.

Create unforgettable memories this festive season with York’s favourite Father Christmas. Enjoy a truly enchanting 30 minute experience and capture the moment with a photograph.

“This is definitely a Christmas trip my children will remember as they grow up.”

Prices

Child over 3  £8.50 plus museum admission
Universal Credit Child over 3 £4.25
(A child ticket for Father Christmas includes free admission of two parents/carers, but they do need to pay normal admission to York Castle Museum.)
Additional Adult price £8.50 plus museum admission
Additional Adult price Universal £4.25 plus museum admission

Book your tickets here. 

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