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Yorkshire’s museums are great fun! We’re lucky to have many of the best examples in the country including six national museums

NATIONAL COAL MINING MUSEUM

This 45-acre site allows visitors to discover the hidden world of mining through the centuries. Adventurers can embark on a journey 140m underground donned with hard hat and lamp to find out all about how coal was extracted and brought to the surface, as well as the history of how local miners lived and worked in the area.

NATIONAL SCIENCE AND MEDIA MUSEUM

This fabulous free museum in Bradford explores the science and culture of light and sound technologies. You can get hands on in the state-of-the-art Wonderlab, filled with live experiments, thrilling shows and more than 20 mind-bending exhibits. Journey through popular photography, watch your favourite TV moments, explore the world of animation and get gaming in the Games Lounge.

NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM

The award-winning National Railway Museum lets you get up close to over 300 years of captivating locomotive history. With giant halls full of trains and the opportunity to get on board some awe-inspiring railway legends including the Japanese Bullet Train and the Duchess of Hamilton, York’s only national museum ticks all the boxes for a great day out.

NATIONAL EMERGENCY SERVICES MUSEUM

Located in one of Yorkshire’s first purpose-built combined police, fire and ambulance stations dating back to 1898, this attraction uses lights, sounds and smoke to bring history back to life right in front of you. The amazing building in Sheffield houses over 45 vehicles including horse drawn fire engines, ambulances, police cars and mines rescue truck.

EUREKA! THE NATIONAL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Eureka! Is the only fully interactive museum totally dedicated to children aged 0-11 anywhere in the UK and not a single thing is trapped inside a glass cabinet. Discover six unique zones each with a different theme to explore. Make some noise and explore how music is created, experience the world of work, take over a childsized town and even step inside giant body parts.

ROYAL ARMOURIES, LEEDS

This stunning museum is home to Britain’s national collection of arms and armour, housing a world-renowned collection of over 75,000 objects. Visitors can get closer to the action than ever before with hands-on activities and live combat demonstrations before discovering treasures from around the globe all the way from the wild-west to the Ottoman Empire.

This was taken from our 2017 Spring Guide.