York Castle Museum is one of Britain's leading museums of everyday life. It
shows how people used to live by displaying thousands of household objects and
by recreating rooms, shops, streets - and even prison cells.
It is best
known for its recreated Victorian street, Kirkgate, which has been made bigger
during 2012 with new backstreets to explore, more goods on display and real
stories of York people and businesses to discover. The museum's room settings
include a Victorian parlour, an 1850s Moorland cottage, Jacobean and Georgian
dining rooms, a 1940s kitchen and a 1950s front room. Our grooviest gallery, The
Sixties, explores the music, fashion and everyday life of this exciting decade.
The museum's past as two prison buildings is explored in York Castle Prison,
where visitors come face to face with ex-prisoners including highwayman Dick
Turpin, who was hanged in 1739 for horse stealing.
The museum, which
opened in 1938, was named after the former York Castle, which stood on the site.
Remains of the former Castle walls can be seen outside the museum next to the
River Foss and our Victorian watermill, Raindale Mill.