York Art Gallery

We’re excited to be reopening York Art Gallery!

To book tickets between 16th – 27th September click here.

York Art Gallery’s permanent collection is currently free to visit, but we’re letting visitors decide whether they wish to pay to view two new exhibitions opening on August 20, Views of York & Yorkshire and Your Art Gallery: Paintings Chosen By You. This is part of a new ‘Pay As You Feel’ initiative, where you’re asked to pay an amount that you are comfortable givingOur suggested amounts are £3, £5 or £7.

You can visit the new exhibitions without making a suggested payment, but we hope that you decide to choose one of the payment options. There are still opportunities for you to make a donation during your visit, should you choose a free admission ticket. Contactless donation points are situated throughout the gallery and we would appreciate your support at this very difficult time.

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


What you can see:

You can 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.


Special Exhibitions (From August 20)

Views of York & Yorkshire

Much-loved paintings and works on paper depicting York and the surrounding countryside go on show in this new exhibition.

Artists such as L.S. Lowry, Letitia Marion Hamilton and John Piper present contrasting views of the heart of the city, while newly conserved prints of York Minster dating from the first half of the 19th century will be displayed for the first time, revealing shifting perspectives of the cathedral. Works by artists including Ethel Walker, J.M.W. Turner and Joseph Alfred Terry capture picturesque rural and coastal scenes beyond the city walls.

Your Art Gallery: Paintings Chosen By You

York Art Gallery presents the paintings you love and have missed the most while we’ve been closed in this new exhibition where you chose the art on display.

From Barbara Hepworth to Paul Nash, Richard Jack to Bridget Riley, the exhibition showcases a selection of works from the Gallery’s rich collection of paintings, voted for by the public, alongside further works chosen through Twitter polls. Some of the works also have labels written by the public, offering a personal insight into why the work meant so much to them.

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.