York Art Gallery

Price £7

The York Art Gallery features a diverse collection of artworks spanning various periods and styles. Art on display includes masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age to contemporary art and it also features ceramics dating from the War of the Roses.

York Art Gallery in York, North Yorkshire (Photo: Martin Pettitt [CC BY-SA 2.0])
York Art Gallery in York, North Yorkshire (Photo: Martin Pettitt [CC BY-SA 2.0])

What to see at the York Art Gallery

Housed within a grand Victorian building, the York Art Gallery showcases a rich and varied collection of artworks spanning different periods and styles.

The gallery’s collection includes over 1,000 paintings plus a large collection of drawings, watercolours, decorative arts and ceramics. Note that only part of the collection is on display at any one time.

Temporary exhibitions at the York Art Gallery

In addition to its permanent collection, the York Art Gallery also hosts a programme of temporary exhibitions. Current and planned exhibitions include:

Monet in York: The Water-Lily Pond
This exhibition (until 8 September 2024) features Claude Monet’s The Water-Lily Pond alongside loans from regional and national institutions, collection works and a commission by contemporary artist Michaela Yearwood-Dan. It will explore Monet’s work in the context of 19th-century French open-air painting and Japanese prints that influenced his practice. The display highlights Monet’s fascination with his water garden in Giverny and its impact on his later career.

Visiting the York Art Gallery

The gallery is on Exhibition Square at the northern end of the city centre, very close to the Yorkshire Museum. Most points of interest in York are no more than a 20-minute walk from here.

It is open Wednesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays). Admission cost £7, although entry is free with the National Art Pass.

Visitor facilities include a gift shop and the Sketch cafe. There is also a good selection of places to eat and drink nearby

Allow 1–2 hours for your visit.

Amenities
  • Wheelchair access
  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Gift shop

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