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Vikings Sword & Drill – Sat 8 Feb 2020

Dates: Saturday 8 February 2020–Sunday 9 February 2020, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

Be put through your paces with our resident Viking as you take part in our Viking Sword and Drill sessions!

Timings are 11am – 1pm  & 2pm – 4pm

Included in museum admission. No need to book.

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York Museum Garden Tours – Sun 9 Feb 2020

Date: Sunday 9 February 2020, 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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Artwork of the Month – Wed 12 Feb 2020

Date: Wednesday 12 February 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

PHD student Samantha Scott, University of York, will speak about the ‘Staffordshire Ceramic Plaque’.

This event is for the Friends of York Art Gallery

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Museum Monkeys: Early Years Explorers – Paper – Thu 13 Feb 2020

Cartoon monkey face against yellow background

Date: Thursday 13 February 2020, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue: York Art Gallery

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)

York Art Gallery

What we’ll be doing: Decorate paper dolls with paper collage & listen to the paper story.

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Museum Monkeys: Museum Babies – Space – Fri 14 Feb 2020

Cartoon monkey face against yellow background

Date: Friday 14 February 2020, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

Museum Baby (under two years old) 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)

Yorkshire Museums

What we’ll be doing: Look at the planets in the dark den and play with the inflatable planets.

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Museum Late: Anti-Valentine’s Day event – Fri 14 Feb 2020

Date: Friday 14 February 2020, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

Roses are red, violets are blue, if you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day with a difference, we’ve got the event for you!

Whether you’re single, coupled-up, or anywhere in between, this Valentine’s Day join York Castle Museum for a special ‘speed-dating’ event against a backdrop of the award-winning exhibition, Museum of Broken Relationships.

You will be introduced to objects that have ‘submitted’ a dating profile to us. A long time ago they were loved, but now it’s a bit more complicated.

Pick up a score card, a glass of wine and enjoy a buffet supplied by Goji York as you get up close and personal with carefully selected items from the collections; some with an air of mystery, some that are adult-only and some that will definitely cause sparks to fly.

Did your head get turned? Vote for which item will move from ‘It’s complicated’ to ‘In a relationship with York Castle Museum’ and be in with a chance to win a dinner for two at a popular York restaurant and other prizes.

Tickets are £12 and include; admission, a buffet style meal by Goji vegetarian café, two drinks and entry into a competition for a dinner voucher for two with runner up prizes.

This event is for over 18s only.

Buy your tickets through Eventbrite here.

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Catnapped – Sat 15 Feb 2020

Dates: Saturday 15 February 2020–Sunday 23 February 2020, All Day
Venue: York Castle Museum

A Victorian feline thief is on the loose at York Castle Museum this February half term and the police need your help to put the hoodlum behind bars!

The thief has struck on the Victorian street Kirkgate, stealing the defenceless moggy – which belongs to the Lord Mayor – with no apparent motive.

We need visitors to become ‘young detectives’ and help police to return the cat to its owner and catch the thief!

Included in admission. No need to book.

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Viking Rune Making – Sat 15 Feb 2020

Dates: Saturday 15 February 2020–Sunday 23 February 2020, All Day
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

The Vikings had their own system of writing called Runes. Join us this half term as we celebrate the Viking Festival with Rune Making. Learn the Runic Alphabet; it’s as easy as A, B, C! Choose your stones and write your name or make a simple message for a friend.

Pick up a hessian drawstring bag on the way out to take them home and keep them safe.

Museum admission applies. £1.50 charge. No need to book.

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Viking Voyages – Sat 15 Feb 2020

Dates: Saturday 15 February 2020–Sunday 23 February 2020, All Day
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

Imagine travelling back 1000 years in time to experience Viking life first hand in this interactive storytelling journey. Act out a saga of a perilous voyage to Jorvik wearing Viking costumes and role play setting sail in a longboat for a new life.

Included in museum admission. No need to book.

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Prop Making, Characters from the Snail and the Whale – Sat 15 Feb 2020

Dates: Saturday 15 February 2020–Sunday 16 February 2020, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join our prop making workshops where we will be inspired by characters from the Snail and the Whale. Why not come back during the week with your hand made prop to play the part of one of the characters in our interactive storytelling sessions held Monday to Friday. Enjoy our week day storytelling sessions based on the Snail and the Whale surrounded by our Coast to Coast sea images! Perfect for snails with itchy feet! Free family friendly drop in work shop. All material included. Gallery admission applies.

11am-1pm and 2-4pm both days!

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