Beck Isle Museum, Pickering

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Beck Isle Museum was brought to life in 1967 by a group of enthusiastic local people interested in preserving the history of Pickering. The wonderful grade II* Regency mansion which the museum occupies has been its home from the very beginning and itself boasts a rich history, having been a doctors surgery, a private residence and almost the first agricultural college in the UK - sadly William Marshall, who was owner of the building died in 1818 before work to complete the transformation to a college could be completed.

Over the last 50 years the museum has grown in popularity and size with the help of an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team of local volunteers. The collection now numbers some 60 thousand objects and catalogues Pickering’s rich history as a rural market town.

The museum itself is deceptively big! From the outside the building appears rather modest in size, however it hides a surprisingly large interior, with 27 rooms of exhibitions and objects to see, as well as a courtyard, outbuildings, education space and modern museum store.
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  • My daughter is not easily impressed, well how can a 6 year old be impressed with history? but she was! We had a great time visiting and she was very intersted in the 'things from the olden days' BUT d...  more »
  • Wow! This museum is amazing. It is so interactive for children as well as adults- to echo a previous review "what a gem" and the volunteers- they are brilliant! Lovely staff, friendly, not pushy and g...  more »
  • This museum houses a huge collection of items demonstrating the rural life of the area. There is something for everybody regardless of your interests. Three generations my family enjoyed wandering aro...  more »
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  • This is an interesting and slightly querky small museum with nice people selling tickets. Worth a good look round and taking your time about it to read and enjoy it all. Old photos of the area superb and really worth paying attention to. The light in these historic photos, charting life in the area, is marvellous and some of them would be worth putting on your walls. A fascinating visit. Thanks to everyone involved!!! I love small museums!!!!
  • Could spend hours walking round every room and floor. Not expensive like some museums can be. Very large collection and varied items. Love the photos.
  • Super, well maintained museum depicting Victorian life in and around Pickering. Ticket allows you access for 12 months and parking is free. Well worth a visit if you're in the area.
  • Very interesting and plenty to see. Staff very helpful aswell
  • Very interesting for young or old I highly recommend it

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