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Events

York Observatory Open Day – Sat 2 Mar 2019

A building with a triangular roof in a public outdoor space.

Date: Saturday 2 March 2019, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Venue: York Museum Gardens

Built in 1832 and 1833 and restored in 1981, York Observatory (which is nestled in York Museum Gardens) is the oldest working observatory in Yorkshire.

It houses a 4inch refractor telescope made by Thomas Cooke in 1850.

Opening hours are subject to the availability of volunteers, so please contact us ahead of your visit.

Our open days are free and there’s no need to book.

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Automaton Clock: Talk and Demonstration – Sat 2 Mar 2019

A person placing their gloved hand on a highly decorated clock.

Date: Saturday 2 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join us for this talk on the Automaton Clock, an extravagant clock featuring moving figures and sound.

In this talk, we’ll discuss this fascinating clock and what we know about its history. Afterwards, we’ll activate the clock so you can see its many decorations brought to life.

The talk starts at 2pm, will last between 5-10 minutes and is included with your gallery admission. For our admission prices, please see our visitor information page.

In the meantime, why not see some of the other fascinating objects in our collection?

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York Museum Garden Tours – Sun 3 Mar 2019

Date: Sunday 3 March 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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Art for Wellbeing – Sun 3 Mar 2019

White structured roof with glass panels

Date: Sunday 3 March 2019, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Informal practical sessions for adults, just drop-in and release your creative energy in the company of others and with gentle guidance on hand. This is an inclusive session, suitable for all abilities (16+ only).

Included in admission, no need to book.

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Visitor Experience Team Talks – Sun 3 Mar 2019

A statue of a head. The statue is next to a portrait.

Date: Sunday 3 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join our Visitor Experience Team for talks based on York Art Gallery’s collections and exhibitions.

The talks take place between 2-3pm every day (expect Wednesdays and Saturdays) and are free with gallery admission. There’s no need to book.

For more details, please ask Admissions on the day of your visit.

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Visitor Experience Team Talks – Mon 4 Mar 2019

A statue of a head. The statue is next to a portrait.

Date: Monday 4 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join our Visitor Experience Team for talks based on York Art Gallery’s collections and exhibitions.

The talks take place between 2-3pm every day (expect Wednesdays and Saturdays) and are free with gallery admission. There’s no need to book.

For more details, please ask Admissions on the day of your visit.

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Volunteers Cafe – Tue 5 Mar 2019

Exterior photo of York Castle Museum's 'Women's Prison' building opposite the Eye of York

Date: Tuesday 5 March 2019, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

Thinking about volunteering with the York Museums Trust? Join us at our Pancake Day Special Volunteers Cafe at York Castle Museum!

Enjoy a brew, a sweet treat and a chance to chat with current and potential volunteers from across all York Museums Trust sites.

This event is free to attend and everyone is welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Volunteer’s Gallery Talk – Tue 5 Mar 2019

Exterior photo of York Castle Museum's 'Women's Prison' building opposite the Eye of York

Date: Tuesday 5 March 2019, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

Join one of our knowledgeable volunteers every Tuesday and Thursday for a free talk from 12pm. The subject will vary but will relate to one of the displays in the museum.

Included in admission, no need to book.

Please note that as these talks are volunteer-led, we cannot guarantee that they will always take place. Please ring ahead on 01904 687687 or check with our Welcome Team on arrival in case of cancellation.

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Curator’s Talk: Money and Constantine the Great – Tue 5 Mar 2019

Older couple look at stone head in a museum

Date: Tuesday 5 March 2019, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

This lunchtime talk is ideal for gaining an insight into some of the most interesting artefacts from our collection.

This talk is free with your admission. There’s no need to book.

Please note that we may have to change the date or title of this talk – please call 01904 687687 or email enquiries@ymt.org.uk before your visit for the latest information.

For all Curator’s Talks at the Yorkshire Museum, please visit: Curator’s Talks – Yorkshire Museum.

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Visitor Experience Team Talks – Tue 5 Mar 2019

A statue of a head. The statue is next to a portrait.

Date: Tuesday 5 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join our Visitor Experience Team for talks based on York Art Gallery’s collections and exhibitions.

The talks take place between 2-3pm every day (expect Wednesdays and Saturdays) and are free with gallery admission. There’s no need to book.

For more details, please ask Admissions on the day of your visit.

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