Wednesday, March 06, 2013

York Castle Museum

The other museum I visited during my time in York was York Castle Museum, which isn't actually in a castle but in a rather grand looking building which stands on the site of the former York Castle. 



I didn't have time to look around the whole museum, so I looked at the sections on  social history, with artefacts from ordinary people's lives, such as this lovely sampler...



and an array of ornaments and teapots.



There are lots of recreated rooms from different eras in York's history. This one looked so cosy!



The 1940s kitchen had some beautiful cups, and stockings hanging from a drying rack on the ceiling.



There was an exhibition of toys, which ranged from traditional dolls and bears (incidentally I would have loved this doll as a child!)



to video games-there was a whole case on different Nintendo consoles.



I obviously liked the toy sewing machine the best.



Another gallery dealt with the big milestones in life-birth, marriage, 



and death.



The crowning glory of the museum is the recreated Victorian street,



which is complete with street lamps and is light half the time and dark the other half to really give the effect of what a Victorian street would have been like in daylight and at night. There are even sound effects of different weather conditions!



There are shops which you can go into, my favourite was unsurprisingly the fabric shop.





The pharmacy was full of interesting looking bottles.



The sweet shop had real sweets for sale!







There was even a prison! I shut myself in the cell for a few moments but it was incredibly uncomfortable and quite creepy so I soon released myself.

York Castle Museum also has collections of costume and textiles and military history, I didn't have chance to look at these but my ticket is valid for the rest of the year so I am planning to go back. I would definitely recommend this museum, the Victorian street was one of the most fun things I had done in a long time!

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