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York Art Gallery

Location: Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW
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About Us

Spot the L.S. Lowry’s, Turner or Hockney and surround yourself with some of the best ceramic art in the world at one of the UK’s best regional galleries. An £8 million development in 2015 saw it shortlisted for the Art Fund Museum of the Year and the European Museum of the Year as the whole building was transformed. The gallery has three exhibition spaces on the ground floor, displaying the best of national and international exhibitions, and four on the first floor, including two galleries which are home to the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA), which showcases our internationally significant collection of British Studio Ceramics.

At the rear of the building, walk down into the Artists Garden and the Edible Wood before exploring the rest of the beautiful York Museum Gardens.

*From 1 February 2024, ticket prices will be as follows:

All tickets include access to the permanent collection as well as all special exhibitions

Adult - £7 (£7.70 with gift aid)

Child 16 and under - £3,50 (£3.85 with gift aid)

York Resident Child - free (YO postcodes within City of York Council)

Young Person Aged 17-25 & Students - £6.30 (£6.93 with gift aid)

York Resident Adult - £6.30 (YO postcodes within City of York Council)

Art Fund Member (National Art Pass) - £3.50 (£3.85 with gift aid)

Friends of York Art Gallery - £3.50 (£3.85 with gift aid)

Free Concessions: Claimants of means tested benefits inc. Universal Credit, MAX Card holders [1 card admits up to 2 adults and 2 children], Museum Association Members, ICOM members, people seeking sanctuary or in the asylum process, Community Participation Card holders, National Museum Directors Council Reciprocal Scheme, Museum Development Yorkshire volunteers, Little Greene Employees, York Museums Trust Patrons & Supporters, Blue Badge Tour guides and carers accompanying a paying adult/child needing assistance.

Treasures from the Stores


Treasures from the Stores showcases artworks that haven’t been on display before, or for a long time, including Andy Warhol’s ‘Marilyn Monroe’, alongside some of the most loved jewels of the collection.

York Art Gallery’s collection was established in 1882 and through gifts, bequests and purchases has now grown to include over 1,000 paintings, 100 sculptures, 14,000 works on paper, and 6,000 ceramics which form the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA). The gallery can only display a relatively small selection of works at a time, with the majority of the collection being stored in the ‘Friends of York Art Gallery Fine Art Store’.

This innovative exhibition highlights a selection of iconic paintings, considered by some to be the gems of York’s collection, such as the sixteenth century ‘Portrait of a Man with a Book’ by Parmigianino; works that have not been on display for many years such as Thomas Barker’s eighteenth century ‘Crazy Kate’, as well as new acquisitions including the portrait of ‘Una Marson’ by internationally celebrated artist Sahara Longe. There are also treasures which can be discovered anew following research or restoration, and some, like ‘Unknown Lady as Saint Elizabeth’ which remain a mystery.

Opening Times

Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm

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