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Please note: This page represents the main collections at the Yorkshire Museum however not all the collections will always be on display at the same time. Please check the special exhibitions page to see which collections are currently on display or contact the Yorkshire Museum for the latest exhibition information.
The Yorkshire Museum's collections have all been awarded 'designated' status for their national and international importance.
Our collections include the thousands of items on display in the museum and many more items that are behind the scenes in storage.
This section gives an overview of everything, whether or not it will be on display.
Our archaeology collection of nearly one million objects ranges from the earliest prehistoric finds up until the twentieth century and is the one of the most comprehensive in a regional British museum outside London. View Collection
The York Observatory, in the Museum Gardens, is the major part of our Astronomy Collection. It was built in 1832 and 1833 and is the oldest working observatory in Yorkshire. View Collection
Over the last 180 years the Yorkshire Museum has amassed a biology collection which now contains over 200,000 specimens from all the major biological groups. View Collection
Our outstanding geology collection includes minerals, rocks and fossils from across Britain and the world, and covers everything from gems to meteorites. View Collection
This section highlights objects which are rare, beautiful, interesting, or tell a story. In many cases they are not always on display and our website gives us the opportunity to show them to you.
A selection of star objects from the Yorkshire Museum have been included in the BBC's A History of the World project View Collection
Hundreds of fossil teeth and bones from exotic animals found in a cave in North Yorkshire became the first scientific evidence to challenge the traditional view of Biblical creation. View Collection
York's Museum Gardens are home to seven County Champion Trees, the biggest examples in Yorkshire identified by the Tree Register. View Collection
Our two great auks, now an extinct species, are in very good condition and are a rare treasure for a regional museum. View Collection
This giant fossilised ichthyosaur skeleton is one of the largest and most complete examples of its kind. View Collection
Two gold bracelets which have been declared the first Iron Age gold jewellery ever found in the north of England View Collection
This Roman woman's remains and the items found with her have helped archaeologists discover that high-status Africans were living in fourth century York. View Collection
This exceptionally rare hairpiece was discovered in York and probably belonged to a girl who was in her mid-teens when she died. View Collection
A beautiful selection of our stained glass is now on display for the first time in years, following the refurbishment of the museum in 2010. View Collection
Beautiful endangered beetles reintroduced to York Museum Gardens View Collection
A selection of objects that our ancestors would have considered common, every-day items or cheap, quirky souvenirs picked up on their travels. View Collection
Tempest Anderson travelled across the world, exploring weird and wonderful landscapes, meeting the indigenous peoples of far-away communities and bringing back his amazing photographs to show people back at home in York. View Collection
Mystery surrounds this Viking sword which has survived virtually intact for nearly 1,000 years. View Collection
This sword, first spotted by a nine-year-old boy playing in a stream, is one of the finest Anglian weapons to be found in England. View Collection
The Middlesbrough Meteorite hit the earth in 1881. It is about 4,500 million years old and was formed at the same time as the earth and the solar system. View Collection
The York Helmet was found by mechanical digger operator Andy Shaw in May 1982, as builders prepared to start work on a new York shopping centre. View Collection