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Ripon Courthouse Museum
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Ripon
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Ripon Courthouse Museum

Step into the 1800s and explore the fascinating world of Victorian justice at the Ripon Courthouse Museum. Relive the...

Ripon Prison & Police Museum
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Ripon
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Ripon Prison & Police Museum

Discover Crime and Punishment in Victorian Yorkshire Step Back in Time Have you ever wondered what punishment was...

Ripon Workhouse & Garden Museum
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Ripon Workhouse & Garden Museum

The Ripon Workhouse & Gardens in the centre of Ripon weave together the history of the notorious Victorian workhouse...

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From the history of sulphur waters and the sudden growth of this beautiful spa town as it became a favourite of Queen Victoria, Harrogate Museums have a story to tell.

The Nidderdale Museum must surely win the award for the 'Most Packed Museum' with countless artefacts from Nidderdale and the surrounding communities filling every room, rewarding the second and even third visit.

Beside the ruins of the Castle in medieval Knaresborough you can discover the history of some of Knaresborough’s most remarkable residents in the Castle Museum.

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The History of Lives and places

The theme of Law and Order runs through several of our museums, whether you stand in the Dock in the Castle Museum in Knaresborough, or do time at the Workhouse Museum in Ripon which is also home to a working Kitchen Garden museum, a treat for gardening enthusiasts.

The stories told by Harrogate museums go back further still; Aldborough’s Roman Site just to the East of Boroughbridge was once the capital of the Romanised Brigante tribe and is home to Roman mosaics and an on-site museum.

All our museums are open throughout the year and opening hours are often extended for school holidays.

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Royal Pump Room Museum
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Royal Pump Room Museum

Nidderdale Museum
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Nidderdale Museum

Aldborough Roman Settlement
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Aldborough Roman Settlement

Skipton Town Hall
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Skipton Town Hall

Butter Market Museum
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Butter Market Museum

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Behind the scenes of  Museums

Further curiosities from the museum
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27th May 2020
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Further curiosities from the museum

It always brings great excitement and even after 11 years there are still always new surprises for me, with...

Curiosities of the Museum
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12th May 2020
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Curiosities of the Museum

The Harrogate Museums and Arts collection holds a lot of famous treasures, from Faberge and Grimshaw to unique ancient...

A New Way to Launch an Exhibition
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24th Feb 2021
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A New Way to Launch an Exhibition

In normal times, Ripon Museums will hold several exhibitions a year across three sites: the Workhouse Museum, Prison &...

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