Yorkshire Museum of Farming, York

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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.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 visited with my husband who is fascinated with farming and particularly the machinery but I found a lot more to interest me than I expected. There was a lot of information on the Women's Land Army a...  more »
  • I spent the afternoon here with my 3 year old son who enjoyed the animals and the model villages. Enough to fill a couple of hours, though no more. The enthusiast might like the collection of farming ...  more »
  • The Danelaw Centre is just one of the featured areas within the Farming Museum. I had visited the farming and railway parts of the Museum before, so wanted to experience the Viking settlement and Ston...  more »
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  • An eclectic site that provides a great day out for both the younger and older families members. The site is comprised of the Yorkshire farming museum and Danelaw Centre for Living History. Sundays are a great time to visit as the Derwent Valley Light Railway runs throughout the day. The excursion is a short journey, but it’s still a great experience. The staff at the site are volunteers and are all very friendly and willing to help. There is a children’s play area complete with a sandpit. The petting areas is small but adequate with chickens, a very friendly goat, pigs and horses. If the weather is poor, children can play inside with the toys or other provided activities. The actors at the Danelaw Centre for the Living are very friendly and at times quite realistic. If you have a very small child, i.e. 2 and under, be aware that they may find some of the actors frightening. The only downside to our visit was the cafeteria. It was very dark and dreary. I highly suggest bringing a picnic or having something to eat before your visit.
  • Award winning and so interesting Museum.. easy walking..friendly informative..staff. Clean..outdoor facilities v. Good.. a decent selection of old farming implements with both overhead or personal spoken information devices. Good half day out for all age groups n not expensive. Cafe very good.
  • Had a great day out with the kids. Took a picnic. Lots to see.
  • This is a grand day out for the whole family. Farming and a railway! Great value.
  • Very nice with friendly staff If anything I think the venue could have maybe a few tractors that toddlers could get on to pretend they are driving them Overall though a good day out with young toddlers at a reasonable price M Howden Sheffield

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