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Ripon Courthouse Museum
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Ripon
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Ripon Courthouse Museum

Step back in time to the 1800s and discover what happened in the courtroom at the Courthouse Museum. Feel...

Ripon Prison & Police Museum
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Ripon
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Ripon Prison & Police Museum

Have you ever wondered what punishment was like in Victorian times? Discover the history of policing in Yorkshire...

Ripon Workhouse & Garden Museum
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Ripon Workhouse & Garden Museum

Walk in the footsteps of the Victorian poor and explore the Workhouse Museum learning about the history of Victorian...

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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

Butter Market Museum
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Butter Market Museum

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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...

An exhibition to celebrate at the Mercer Gallery
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4th Aug 2022
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An exhibition to celebrate at the Mercer Gallery

Celebration is the current exhibition on show at the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate and it is just that...

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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