York Art Gallery first launched as an art gallery in 1892. Before this, the building was first opened to the public for the Yorkshire Fire Art and Industrial Exhibition in 1879. In 2015, York’s city art gallery had a large redevelopment and reopening. Subsequently, the gallery expanded with 60% more display space. The gallery continues to operate to this day and has a range of paintings created across 600 years.

What is there to do at York Art Gallery?

Sometimes updated or changed, there are many different exhibitions at York Art Gallery including:

  • Treasures from the Stories – art work that has never been displayed or has not been displayed for a long time, including Andy Warhol’s ‘Marilyn Monroe’
  • The Wall of Women – a display of ceramic’s all created by women from the 20th century until today
  • Yorkshire Tea Ceremony – W.A. Ismay MBE (1910-2001) curated this collection of post-war British pottery with a focus on Yorkshire artists
  • Seeing With Another Eye – from Anthony Shaw’s collection of ceramics curated over the past 50 years
  • The Burton Gallery – includes Old Master paintings, 20th century modern art, abstract paintings and more

York Art Gallery also frequently hosts guest exhibitions, to find out about upcoming exhibitions click here.

Additionally, the gallery has a café and gift shop near the entrance.


York Art Gallery has two ramps and a power assisted door at it’s entrance. Inside there are two lifts either side of the building which allow access to both floors and all exhibitions. The gallery doors inside are not automatic, so visitors who require help with this will need to ask a member of staff. There is one wheelchair available for use which can be booked on request by phoning the gallery. Additionally, there is seating available throughout the exhibitions. Assistance dogs are permitted in the gallery.

In terms of parking, there is no parking available at York’s city art gallery. There is a drop off spot at the Exhibition Square Entrance. Alternatively, the nearest parking available is Bootham Row car park which has free blue badge spots.

Noise levels can vary at York Art Gallery as it can get busy. For a quieter time, visit after 3pm on a Weekday or anytime Sunday as recommended. However, there is no designated quiet time to visit the gallery. There are two pairs of ear defenders available at the reception which visitors can borrow. All visual activities have subtitles.

For more information about days out in York, visit the Eric Knows website.

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