List of museums in North Yorkshire

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This list of museums in North Yorkshire, England contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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NameImageTown/CityRegionTypeSummary
Aldborough Roman SiteAldboroughHarrogateArchaeologyOperated by English Heritage, excavated Roman fort and artifacts
Bar ConventBar Convent Exterior.jpgYorkYorkReligious17th century Roman Catholic convent that was established and operated in secret, museum of its history
Barley HallYorkYorkHistoric houseExcavated and reconstructed medieval house
Beck Isle MuseumBeck Isle Museum, Pickering - geograph.org.uk - 516321.jpgPickeringRyedaleHistoryPeriod shops displays, Victorian-era pub and parlour, historic costume gallery
Bedale MuseumBedaleHambletonLocalwebsite, local history, household and agriculture tools and items
Beningbrough HallBeningbrough Hall1.jpgBeningbroughHambletonHistoric houseOperated by the National Trust, late Georgian mansion with baroque interior, walled garden, home to over 100 portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery
Bolton CastleBolton Castle.JPGCastle BoltonRichmondshireHistoric houseMedieval fortress where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1569 after her defeat at the Battle of Langside
Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage CentreStaithesScarboroughBiographicalwebsite, memorabilia and antiquities related to Captain James Cook, local history, fishing and mining
Captain Cook Birthplace MuseumCaptain Cook's Birthplace Museum - geograph.org.uk - 40743.jpgMartonMiddlesbroughBiographicalHistory and memorabilia of explorer James Cook
Captain Cook Memorial MuseumWhitbyScarboroughHistoric house17th-century house where the young James Cook lodged as apprentice, period rooms, exhibits on Cook, his voyages and their impact
Captain Cook Schoolroom MuseumGreat AytonHambletonEducationwebsite, reconstructed early 18th century schoolroom, exhibits about James Cook's early life and education, and his later achievements
Castle HowardEngland1 144.jpgCastle HowardYorkHistoric houseEarly 18th century stately home with 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of gardens and landscapes, collections of paintings, antiquities, bronzes, furniture and tapestries
Cleveland Ironstone Mining MuseumSkinningroveRedcar and ClevelandMiningwebsite, also known as the Tom Leonard Mining Museum, ironstone mining, mine tours, skills, customs and life of the miners
Courthouse MuseumRiponHarrogateLaw enforcementwebsite, 19th century period courthouse, part of the "Yorkshire Law and Order Museums"
Craven Museum & GallerySkiptonCravenMultiplewebsite, local social history, archaeology, geology, art
Dales Countryside MuseumHawesHambletonLocalLocal history of the Yorkshire Dales, including school days, home life, leisure time, religion, transport, communication and tourism, farming, local crafts and industries
DIG: an archaeological adventureYorkYorkArchaeologyDiscovery centre about the science of archaeology and area excavations
Dorman MuseumDorman Museum.jpgLinthorpeMiddlesbroughMultipleNatural history, local and social history, pottery and decorative arts, Ancient Egyptian and Roman artefacts, ethnographic artifacts, water science
Duncombe ParkDuncombe Hall 01.jpgHelmsleyRyedaleHistoric houseReconstructed 18th-century country house with collection of English and Continental furniture, gardens, parkland
Eden Camp Modern History Theme MuseumV1 Bomb.jpgMaltonRyedaleMilitaryFormer prisoner of war camp in World War II, themed barracks displays about the war
Fairfax HouseFairfax House - geograph.org.uk - 1155772.jpgYorkYorkHistoric houseGeorgian townhouse with restored 18th century interior
Filey MuseumFileyScarboroughLocalwebsite, local history, culture, fishing, farming, period craft and room displays
Fountains Abbey and Studley RoyalFountains Abbey view02 2005-08-27.jpgAldfieldHarrogateMultipleOperated by the National Trust, include the ruins of the 12th century Cistercian monastery, Fountain Hall, Studley Royal Park, 12th-century Cistercian cornmill, water garden
Grassington Folk MuseumSkiptonCravenHistorywebsite, local history, lead mining, minerals, tools, farming, period costumes, Yorkshire Dales Railway, household items
Green Howards Regimental MuseumGreen Howard's Museum.JPGRichmondRichmondshireMilitaryHistory and memorabilia of the Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment)
Guisborough MuseumGuisboroughRedcar and ClevelandLocalwebsite, local social, agricultural and commercial history
Holgate WindmillHolgate Windmill new cap fitted in November 2009.jpgHolgateYorkMillLate 18th-century tower windmill under restoration
Hovingham HallHovinghamHall(GarethFoster)Feb2006.jpgHovinghamRyedaleHistoric house18th century Palladian-style country house, childhood home of Katharine, Duchess of Kent
Jorvik Viking CentreCoin making.jpgYorkYorkArchaeologyPreserved remains of the Viking city of Jórvík, reconstructed 10th century settlement with living history enactors
Kiplin HallKiplinHallfront.jpgScortonRichmondshireHistoric house17th century Jacobean house, exhibit on George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore and family
Kirkleatham Museum2007Kirkleatham8.JPGKirkleathamRedcar and ClevelandMultiplewebsite, local history, art including works by the Staithes group, toys, mining, culture
Knaresborough CastleKnaresborough Castle ruins.jpgKnaresboroughHarrogateHistoryRuins of medieval fortress, Courthouse Museum of local history, royal residents, medieval life exhibit, Tudor courtroom
Kohima MuseumFulfordYorkMilitarywebsite, history of the 1944 Battle of Kohima in India and the British and Indian soldiers who fought there
Malton MuseumMaltonRyedaleArchaeologywebsite, local Roman-era artifacts, reconstructed village home and artifacts from Wharram Percy, a deserted medieval village
Mansion HouseYorkMansionHouse.jpgYorkYorkHistoric houseEarly Georgian townhouse, official home of the Lord Mayor of York
Markenfield HallMarkenfieldHall(DennisLovett)Jun2004.jpgRiponHarrogateHistoric house14th century medieval country house
Mercer Art GalleryHarrogateHarrogateArtwebsite
Merchant Adventurers' HallMerchant Adventurers' Hall.jpgYorkYorkHistoryMedieval guild hall, almshouse and chapel with art, furniture and furnishings from different periods
Micklegate Bar MuseumYorkYorkHistoric housewebsite, located in the Micklegate Bar, city gate and house, exhibits on city's history, famous battles, uprisings and revolutions
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern ArtMiddlesbroughMiddlesbroughArtContemporary art gallery
Moulton HallMoultonManor(HughMortimer)Aug2006.jpgMoultonRichmondshireHistoric houseOperated by the National Trust, 17th-century manor house, open by advance arrangement
Museum of Victorian ScienceGlaisdaleScarboroughSciencewebsite, early scientific equipment and electrical instruments, open by appointment
National Railway Museum31018 at the NRM York.JPGYorkYorkRailwayHistory of rail transport in Britain and its impact on society, locomotives, rolling stock, equipment, artifacts and memorabilia
Newby HallNewbyHall(LynneGlazzard)Sep2003.jpgRiponHarrogateHistoric houseLate 17th-century house with interior by Robert Adam, gardens
Newham Grange Leisure FarmBirdman seat..JPGCoulby NewhamMiddlesbroughAgricultureFarm park and rare breed conservation centre, reconstructions of a 19th-century veterinary surgery and an early 20th-century agricultural merchants shop, history of farming since the 17th century
Nidderdale MuseumPateley BridgeHarrogateHistoryRural life, period rooms and trades, costumes, agriculture tools and equipment, local industries and transport vehicles
North Yorkshire Motor MuseumThornton-le-DaleRyedaleTransportationwebsite, commercial vehicles, automobiles, motorbikes, memorabilia
Nunnington HallNunnington-Hall-South-El.jpgNunningtonRyedaleHistoric houseOperated by the National Trust, country house with 17th and 18th century period rooms, art and photography exhibits
Ormesby HallOrmesbyHall(JohnDavidson)Sep2004.jpgOrmesbyRedcar and ClevelandHistoric houseOperated by the National Trust, 18th-century mansion house with Victorian kitchen and laundry, gardens, weekend living history enactors
Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire MuseumYorkYorkMilitaryHistory and artifacts of the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire; located in the same building as the Royal Dragoon Guards Museum
Prison & Police MuseumRiponHarrogatePrisonwebsite, 19th century prison and later police station, includes prison cells, pillory, stocks, whipping post, police box, history of policing, uniforms, insignia, part of the "Yorkshire Law and Order Museums"
Queen's Own Yorkshire Yeomanry MuseumYorkYorkMilitaryinformation, history and artifacts of the Queen's Own Yorkshire Yeomanry, open by appointment
Quilt Museum and GallerySt Anthony's Hall, York.jpgYorkYorkArtHistory of British quilt making and textile arts
Richard III MuseumMonk Bar 1.jpgYorkYorkPrisonLocated in the Monk Bar, historic prison with exhibits of Richard III, last king of the Plantagenet dynasty
Richmondshire MuseumRichmondRichmondshireLocalLocal history, transportation, lead mining, period chemist's shop, grocer's shop and post office, set from the All Creatures Great and Small TV series
Robin Hood's Bay and Fylingdales MuseumRobin Hood's BayScarboroughLocalwebsite, local history, smuggling, fishing, shipping
Royal Dragoon Guards MuseumYorkYorkMilitaryHistory and artifacts of the regiment
Royal Pump Room MuseumHarrogateHarrogateLocalwebsite, local history, culture, artifacts from Ancient Egypt, sulphur well, spa town heritage, Victorian home life
RNLI Whitby MuseumWhitbyScarboroughMaritimewebsite, lifesaving history and artifacts, a lifeboat, models, paintings, medals, photographs, lifeboat kit, items from famous rescues, famous coxswains Henry Freeman and Tom Langlands
RNLI Zetland MuseumZetland lifeboat museum-1000.jpgRedcarRedcar and ClevelandMaritimewebsite, website, lifesaving and the Zetland Lifeboat, replica fishermens cottage, local maritime history
Rotunda MuseumRotunda Museum Scarborough edit1.jpgScarboroughScarboroughNatural historyJurassic fossils and minerals, geology
Ryedale Folk MuseumThe front of Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton-le-Hole - geograph.org.uk - 244422.jpgHutton-le-HoleRyedaleOpen airwebsite, historic buildings from different eras, trades and types, art gallery
Scampston HallScampstonHall(RogerGilbertson)Jul2006.jpgScampstonRyedaleHistoric house1690 country house, remodeled in the late 1700s, decorated in 1860 and 1910, collection of paintings, porcelain and furniture, known for contemporary walled garden
Scarborough Art GalleryScarboroughScarboroughArtwebsite
Scarborough Fair CollectionThe Iron Maiden (GDSF 2007).JPGScarboroughLebberstonAmusementMechanical organs, steam engines, fairground rides, vintage cars, miniature vehicles and model railways
Skipton CastleSkipton Castle main gate, 2007.jpgSkiptonCravenHistoric houseMedieval fortress castle with six drum towers
Sutton ParkSutton Park Sutton on the Forest.jpgSutton-on-the-ForestHambletonHistoric house18th century Georgian country house
Swaledale MuseumReethRichmondshireLocalLocal history, geology, lead mining, trades, farming, culture
Thirsk MuseumThirskHambletonLocalwebsite, local history, culture, 19th century period cottage kitchen, Victorian bedroom, early 20th century period sitting room, period shop displays, archaeology, cricketing memorabilia
Treasurer's HouseThe Treasurer's House1.jpgYorkYorkHistoric houseOperated by the National Trust, reflects different periods from the Roman to Edwardian eras, collection of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles and paintings from a 300-year period
Whitby AbbeyWhitby Abbey image.jpgWhitbyScarboroughReligiousOperated by English Heritage, remains and artifacts of the Benedictine abbey
Whitby MuseumWhitbyScarboroughMultipleLocal history, social history, Pannett Art Gallery, costumes, Whitby jet, Captain James Cook and HM Bark Endeavour, whaling industry, natural history, jewellery,
Winkies Castle Folk MuseumWinkies Castle.jpgMarske-by-the-SeaRedcar and ClevelandLocalLocal history, culture
Workhouse MuseumRiponHarrogateHistorywebsite, 19th century workhouse, part of the "Yorkshire Law and Order Museums"
World of James HerriotJames Herriot Museum - geograph.org.uk - 84223.jpgThirskHambletonBiographicalLife and works of veterinarian and author James Herriot, 1940s period house with veterinary science exhibits
York Art GalleryCity Art Gallery1.JPGYorkYorkArtCollection includes paintings from 14th century to contemporary, and 20th century ceramics
York Castle MuseumYork Castle Museum.jpgYorkYorkHistoryRecreated Victorian street with shops, period rooms including a Victorian parlour and Jacobean dining room, displays of every day life, 1960s memorabilia, wartime experience in World War II, York Castle Prison
York Cold War BunkerYork Bunker.JPGHolgateYorkMilitarySecret Cold War bunker to monitor nuclear explosions and fallout in the event of nuclear war
York MinsterYork York minster windows 004.JPGYorkYorkReligiousCathedral, tower, stained glass window conservation centre, exhibits of art and history of the cathedral
Yorkshire Air MuseumElvington Air Museum - geograph.org.uk - 11489.jpgElvingtonYorkAviationHistoric aircraft, history of RAF Elvington, military vehicles, exhibits on air gunners, RAF Bomber Command
Yorkshire MuseumYorkshire Museum.jpgYorkYorkMultipleNatural history, geology, archaeology and astronomy
Yorkshire Museum of FarmingYorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Park York, England - Barn Display middle area (RLH).JPGMurtonYorkAgricultureAgriculture equipment, rural life, changes in farming, small section of the Derwent Valley Light Railway, live animals
Zetland MuseumRedcarRedcar and ClevelandMaritimewebsite, operated by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, houses the Zetland lifeboat, exhibits about lifesaving rescues

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