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Yorkshire Museum of Farming, York
(3.7/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web)
The Yorkshire Museum of Farming is located in Murton Park near York in England. It is housed on a grass field site of approximately 14acre, and is the only museum in the district specifically dedicated to the subject of farming. In the autumn of 2010, the museum was awarded full accreditation status by the Museums Libraries and archives Council (MLA).The museum has built up a large collection of artefacts that illustrate the history of farm mechanisation. The collection also contains domestic items and other documentary material relating to the social structure of rural life in the area. Events are held throughout the year relating to rural and farming themes. There is also a children's play area and a cafe.The site is also home to the last surviving stretch of the Derwent Valley Light Railway, part of whose archive is also in the museum's collection.The museum shares the site with the Danelaw Centre for Living History. Living history facilities include a mock Roman fort called Brigantium, which is a disguised outdoor classroom designed to cater for up to 65 children at a time. There are also buildings dedicated to the Tudor and Viking ages, including a Dark Age village and how they farmed the land centuries ago.History and collectionThe museum opened in 1982. It was originally designed to house a growing collection of farm machinery that had been donated by various farms from North and East Yorkshire to the East Yorkshire Farm Machinery Preservation Society and stored at Burton Constable.
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  • I loved this museum: the Elf (gentleman) that took us on the tour was fantastic. I really think that his humor was suitable for both children and adults. He had me in hysterics - excellent. 
  • I had the unenviable Task of finding a venue for a day out for a Family comprising 4 Generations. Surprisingly this place suited everyone. The older Generations were taken back in time to their workin...  more »
  • As per title, nothing interesting in this museum-farm where the best areas, such as the Roman and Viking age, were closed to the public because occupied by students. Despite half the Museum were inaccessible we paid full price, 6.5 pounds apiece. Some areas left in abandon and without light (see the farm Tudor), the prehistoric village closed without reason, staff does not exist, a few animals, no interactivity. The bar was open? It was closed? We didn't get it. The cashier gave us two basic information and didn't seem enthusiastic in his work. To avoid if you don't have kids.
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  • "Family attraction" that includes a loud unavoidable graphic play about the crucifixion with blood and screams next to the kids area. On complaining that it was somewhat inappropriate and traumatising for toddlers to see this, had pretty much a shoulder shrug. Kids ride on tractors all broken too (no steering wheels level of broken!) The railway is fantastic and the volunteers who run that were brilliant and friendly, shame about the rest of it.
  • Visited the museum yesterday, very interesting & lots to see, the new cafe is now open! Well worth a visit!
  • Had a great family day out here over Easter, despite it being a typically cold and miserable bank holiday. The farming exhibits are all very interesting, not at all how I recall being taught this stuff at school, but it's the Viking village (Danelaw, I think it's called) and its inhabitants that really shine. Why this place isn't marketed more for the living histories stuff they have is beyond me. I had no idea what to expect from the quaintly rickety village, and jumped out of my skin when a lady rolled out of a bed in one of the huts we were peering into and began telling us about Viking textiles! Other huts, different skills and professions being practiced, fantastically immersive stuff. Can't believe this place was only a few miles away from home all this time! As another has pointed out, it has its rough edges, but it's a must - see attraction of the area all the same. With a bit more work and better marketing, it could easily outdo Yorvik.
  • Overall well worth a visit at a reasonable price. Considering the charitable status the museum exhibits and presentations are first class, and very educational, as is the building. Nothing on this planet is perfect and your Roman Fort comes within this category, parts of it are quite dangerous with rusty nails and rotting timbers and for young children this is not ideal. I suggest you review this part of your operation.
  • not bad for a family day out