York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery will be temporarily closed from 4pm on Wednesday November 4 until December 2 2020. Please do not book tickets during this time.

To book tickets click here.

Our permanent displays of nationally and internationally important art are free for you to enjoy.
As a charity we rely on income from our visitors. If you can, please make a donation to help us continue to share and care for York’s wonderful collections.
There is a charge to visit our special exhibitions.

Please arrive within your 30 minute time slot. You’re then welcome to stay until closing time.


What you can see:

Come see our special exhibition ‘Human Nature’ the centrepiece of York Mediale 2020! You can also explore some of our wonderful paintings from the gallery’s permanent collection in the Burton Gallery, the Centre of Ceramic Art, home to Britain’s largest collection of British Studio Ceramics, and the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition. Outside, in the Artists Garden, there is large scale sculpture on show in Michael Lyons:Ancient and Modern. The café and shop are also open.

Please note:

Please book one ticket per person – children under five don’t need a ticket.

We would ask that visitors wear a face covering when visiting the gallery.

Children must be supervised at all times

If you’re more than 10 minutes late for your timeslot, unfortunately we won’t be able to guarantee entry. This is to help us keep everyone safe within the gallery by keeping visitor numbers at the required levels.

Please have your printed ticket or QR code on your device ready to show staff.

We have made some changes at the gallery to make your visit as safe and as relaxing as possible. This means that some things may be different than you’re used to. Please follow the advice and guidance of our Visitor Experience Team, who will be happy to answer any queries.

Please follow social distancing and government guidelines.

Please check our website for all updates and current gallery opening times



The reopening of York Art Gallery has proved extremely popular, with the timed tickets in high demand. If you are unable to come for any reason, please do cancel your booking on Eventbrite to make the tickets available to other people.


Face Coverings

For everyone’s safety, we ask all visitors to wear face coverings if they are able to do so. Please note that from Saturday 8th August, as announced by the government, the wearing of face coverings will be mandatory in museums and galleries for everyone over the age of 11 unless they are unable to do so for medical reasons.

We are working hard to ensure your time with us is enjoyable, relaxing and safe. We are aware that wearing a face covering can cause some issues with communication and the Visitor Experience team members will do their best to overcome any problems this may cause.