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Ripon Prison and Police Museum
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Ripon
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Ripon Prison and Police Museum

Follow the story of poverty, crime and punishment through the three Ripon Museums. The Prison & Police Museum is...

Ripon Workhouse & Garden Museum
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Ripon
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Ripon Workhouse & Garden Museum

Follow the story of poverty, crime and punishment through our three museums. Desperation often led the poor to a...

Royal Pump Room Museum
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Harrogate
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Royal Pump Room Museum

Visit the strongest sulphur wells in Europe, where over 15,000 people used to come every summer. Discover Harrogate's connection...

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Ripon Museums John as gardener

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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Ripon Prison and Police Museum
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Ripon Prison and Police Museum

Ripon Workhouse & Garden...
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Ripon Workhouse & Garden...

Royal Pump Room Museum
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Royal Pump Room Museum

Ripon Courthouse Museum
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Ripon Courthouse Museum

Nidderdale Museum
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Nidderdale Museum

Butter Market Museum
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Butter Market Museum

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Behind the scenes of  Museums

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 &...

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...

Further curiosities from the museum
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27th May 2020
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Further curiosities from the museum

It always brings great excitement and even after 11 years there are still always new surprises for me, with...

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