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“Long wait”
Review of Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire Museum
Ranked #58 of 220 things to do in York
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Discover thousands of years of York's history in one place, from prehistory to the city's medieval splendour. Walk on a genuine Roman mosaic floor, kneel at St William's shrine, see the monsters of the deep that swam when Yorkshire was beneath the see and much more in our fantastic galleries in the hear of the city.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We took our dinosaur knowledgeable 4 year old grandson to see the new exhibition. I have to say we were all disappointed. There are really only two or three areas with any dinosaurs on view and one of those you need to queue again. We spent three quarters of an hour waiting outside, during the school holidays, so it may improve. Then you enter an area where children can find 'treasures' buried, another section has a large piece of rock where a dinosaur is visualised and finally the interactive section where you can 'feed' a dinosaur. The rest of the museum is a bit flat and lacking in any animation. Sadly I cannot recommend and would advise future visitors that we also encountered many accompanied children with very few manners, their parents even fewer. If you cannot stand the echoing noise of shouting children then avoid this exhibition.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

beautiful gardens with amazing colorful flowers and amazing atmosphere they worth a visit when its sunny ! i didn't visit the museum but i am planning to do that in the feature .

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Waited 30 mins to be told excitedly at the entrance that the main attraction inside was an Argentinosaurus (wow) that you could walk under (and look at it’s bottom, yes we were promised that) - but would have to queue again? This turned to be nothing more than ONE VR headset with another 25 min wait during which time we gave up as our 5 and 6 yr old boys were getting bored and worried when a child fell over with it on and hurt himself as we stood in line. Apart from that - two rooms, with Yorkshire's trilobites and ammonites etc., and, wait for it, 'although not found in Yorkshire but Oxfordshire' - a Megalosaurus (a real dinosaur - hooray!) - well a picture of it on the wall. Laughably, the main attraction in one room was a 'sandpit-type thing that children with little or no imagination could 'look' for plastic 'fossils'. Other than that, a badly displayed Plesiosaur, I guess exhibited because they were found close to what was ‘Yorkshire’ - although I did not realise Argentina was part of Yorkshire. Overhyped - with David Attenborough opening it and a sneaky marketing campaign showing real-looking dinosaurs on posters and a youtube video craftily not showing any of the exhibit but bits of York dubbed with dinosaur ‘sounds’. Sorry, but kids (and adults too) are not interested in tatty fossils you could find in any museum display with boring descriptions about chalk deposits in the Cretaceous (thought we were in the Jurassic) etc. They want to see large skeletons of meat-eating theropods, plant-eating sauropods etc, to get their imaginations running. 20 mins in two overcrowded rooms (well we detoured the obligatory shop) - it claims it is on 3 floors - one 'floor' is about "Yorkshire man" (did cavemen live with dinosaurs or in the Jurassic? Seriously!), followed by a few stairs up to a third floor the size of a box room. We thought we had just started the exhibition and were getting dinosaur-excited when we found ourselves at the exit - 15 quid lighter (plus the expense of a trip to York) with 2 unhappy boys! Totally duped. Cynically executed Yorkshire museum. Cheers, well done!

3  Thank jim60006
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

£10 entrance fee and worth every penny . So much to see it kept us busy for about a hour and a half . When you think you have finished one section you find yourself starting the ww1 section and everything is so realistic. When I visit York again I will put this on my visiting list .

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Visited today with my 11 year old. This was his choice for a day out. It isn't the biggest museum you will ever visit and my advice if you want to see the Jurassic displays is to arrive at 10am. We arrived at 10am with hardly any queues but when we left at 12 noon, there was massive queues waiting to get it. The museum has many interesting dispalys and incorporated part of an ancient abbey which is very different. Lots of interesting exhibits detailing a lot of York's vibrant history and interesting facts. For example, I did not know York under Roman rule was known as Eboracum. Exhibits even include real skeletons which is a little creepy but yet intriguing. Take lunch as there is no real cafe. Decent selection of reasonably priced items in the gift shop and priced at pocket money prices. My soon bought a fossil, a stone and a bracelet for under £7. The Museum gardens are a lovely spot for alfresco lunch is the weather is nice as it was today. Staff were genuinely welcoming and pleasant and tried hard to make your visit enjoyable. A great morning out and my Son loved it!!

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