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York Attractions – Virtual Tours or Lessons

You might not be able to visit them right now, but you can have a virtual tour, a lesson from the experts or enjoy their on line resources from the wonderful York Attractions below!

Check Out the Kidzone on the ABC Wildlife & Conservation Park website.
There are lots of learning resources to help you find out about nature.
Download our colouring sheets, worksheets and games created by our keepers and students for you to enjoy at home.
Some of our favourites include the evolution timeline mobile and the springtime crafts like their hatching eggs.

There is also a weekly vlog on their Youtube Channel each Monday at 9am.

In May they are also going to film Storytime at the Zoo (reading animal children’s stories with some of our own animals)

You Tube Channel


There is a fantastic NEW resource called ‘Discover from Home’ page on the JORVIK Viking Centre website, jam-packed full of things to keep children and adults alike amused while they are at home.

This includes loads of educational activities for kids, downloads, lots of reading material and some pretty great vintage video content from the 1980s!


We have had several requests via Facebook and telephone for bricks to keep families entertained in this isolation period.

We have put together a bundle to help families through this period with lots of bricks to keep themselves and their children occupied.

We are offering discounted mixed brick bundles so the more you buy the more you save and every bundle includes a free storage bag worth £10 (you can pick pink or blue) and free delivery to the area indicated.

We can take payment over the phone so no travel to the shop or close proximity required or if you prefer cash can be collected on delivery.

All bricks have been cleaned and sterilised as always with everything we supply.

The prices are as follows: 1Kg = £45, 2Kg = £80 (saving £10 on RRP), 3Kg = £105 (saving £30 on RRP) and 4Kg = £120 (saving £60 on RRP).

The storage bag comfortably holds 4Kg when pulled closed for quick and easy tidying up and storage.

We hope this can help even if only in a small way.

All the best, The Minifigs & Bricks team



Even though our building is closed, we don’t think this should mean that we can’t still be creative, feel inspired and stay connected with you all. So we’ve come up with a series of theatrical challenges for you to take part in whilst we are all staying safe at home.

Each Monday morning we will post a #LockdownLegendsChallenge on our Twitter and Facebook pages. These challenges are open to all ages and just for fun. Including willing family members and pets is actively encouraged. Send us your responses to and we’ll share these on our social media pages throughout the week.

PLEASE NOTE: if you are under 18, you’ll need to get consent from your parent/guardian before sending us your response.

Get involved every week and you could be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!


Murton Park – Yorkshire Museum of Farming  are doing FREE Educational Videos on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12pm

On Monday we got the chance to film some short videos to help you teach children at home.

You can find them on the MURTON PARK FACEBOOK PAGE HERE – Also it would be great if you tag any friends (wherever they live) with kids who might find it useful.

Thursday’s video will show you what a Viking village looks like and Tuesday will be a make a Viking oil lamp activity.

Our staff are passionate about teaching the past and want to help in whatever way we can.

The Science Museum Group – which is the parent of the Railway Museum, has a whole host of learning resources on their website.

This site brings together resources from our Museums, including activities, games and videos. Discover activities to support a range of curriculum topics for use in the classroom, in museum galleries and beyond.

It includes free Activities and resources plus Games & Apps.

Explore York Libraries and Archives have links to some great sites to help you with children’s literacy, reading and learning activities, as well as just having fun. There are also links to sites that will help you talk to your child about coronavirus, especially if they are worried by it. You can find them at Keep looking as we will add more sites as we find new ones.

Whether you need help and inspiration home schooling or are looking to have some book based fun York Explore Libraries and Archives have put together a list of some great websites where you can download activity packs, find homework help, play games, listen to poems and lots more.

Why not step back in time and get a taste of what our archives offer has to offer by downloading our education resource packs and finding out about the history of York.

You could also spend some time looking at our wonderful old photographs of York

Don’t forget that e-books and e-audio books are free to borrow for three weeks, see our website for more details

Our museums may be closed, but we are striving to bring our amazing collections to you at home.

Check out our social media channels for regular content, games and challenges to keep you entertained!

Lie to Us! – Every Monday
Every Monday visitors to the York Art Gallery, Yorkshire Museum or York Castle Museum Twitter and Facebook feeds will be invited to make up a story about a chosen object – the more obscure the better! The curators will reveal the answer once all guesses are in.

Throwback Thursdays – Every Thursday
On York Castle Museums social feeds visitors will be invited to reminisce and reveal their stories about a chosen object from the recent past!
While on York Art Gallery’s there will be a chance to remember some of the gallery’s most popular exhibitions, with fantastic photos of shows such as David Hockney’s Bigger Trees Near Water and William Etty : Art and Controversy.

Curator Battle – Every Friday
Let the battle of the curators commence, as museums across the country debate if they have the best object from a chosen theme – be it the ugliest, dullest, prettiest or biggest! Join the debate by following the Yorkshire Museum’s Twitter, and argue or agree as the curators pit their collections and wits against each other.

Object of the Week – Every Saturday
Reyahn King, Chief Executive of York Museums Trust picks some of her favourite objects from the Trust’s collections, exclusively for The Press every Saturday. Read about the fascinating stories and histories of some of the most remarkable and significant cultural artefacts in the UK.

Explore our online collection:

From archaeology to geology, costume and textiles to social history and photography.
Explore our own collections on our website.

You can also use Art UK to explore our Fine Art Collection.
York Museums Trust collection on Art UK

Use History Pin to explore modern York and see how our artworks would have fit within the landscape.
York Museums Trust on History Pin

YouTube Videos:

This playlist on YouTube shows Assistant Curator Adam Parker digging deeper into the objects in our ‘Roman York: Meet the People of the Empire’ exhibition.
Assistant Curator Adam Parker gives insight into our Roman collections.

Check out the rest of our videos, including interviews with artists, curators and insights into our buildings and collections.
Our full YouTube Channel 

Online Exhibitions:

Through Google Arts and Culture, we’ve created some bite-size interactive guides of our current and previous exhibitions.

Explore Kirkgate at York Castle Museum

W. A. Ismay – Collection and Connoisseur of Studio Ceramics 

Yorkshire Hoards

1914: When the World Changed Forever

A History of Shaping the Body

Click on the link below to see a virtual tour of Kirkgate – The Victorian street that brings history to life

Step onto the cobbles of our Victorian street, visit the authentic shops and discover the weird and wonderful collections from this bygone era – from luxurious costumes to tasty traditional sweets and the pharmacist’s unlikely ‘cures’.


Virtual Tour of Kirkgate