What’s on at NRM York

May Mysteries

27 May-4 June

Embark on an action-packed day with the whole family at the National Railway Museum this May half term with our brand-new pop-up science busking shows which explore the tricks used by thieves. Hop on board a historic carriage pulled by a steam locomotive in our ever-popular steam rides or put your detective skills to the test in the Rogues Gallery.

Take a ride on board the Miniature Railway or head to Great Hall to experience the thrill of a record-breaking engine in Mallard Experience. Gaze inside the luxurious Royal Carriages in Station Hall, where you can also deploy your sleuthing skills to try solving the curious mystery of the Missing Passenger, our latest exhibition as part of Mystery on the Rails season.

27 May 2017 - 04 Jun 2017
Suitable for all ages, Families
Family activities, Events

Science busking

Pop-up across the museum | No booking required | Free

Discover the science behind mysteries and crimes in our brand-new pop-up science busking shows. Find out about the trickery that thieves used to confound the police in the First Great Train Robbery, and see the world in a new light as you uncover the traces that we leave behind in Detection: Then and Now.

Steam rides

Daily, 10.30am-4.15pm | South Yard
Tickets purchased on the day, not pre-bookable
£3, under-2s free

Hop onto a historic carriage pulled by a steam locomotive for a ride through South Yard, immersed in the sounds and smells of steam power.

Under-12s must be accompanied by an adult. Steam rides may be subject to change.

Rogues Gallery

Station Hall | No booking required | Free | 11am-4pm

Think you can apprehend a criminal using just a description? At our pop-up Rogues Gallery you can discover how the introduction of the railways created a need for facial recognition as criminals used the predictability and speed of the railways to get away. Also, get your mug shot taken and added to our online gallery using #GoneRogue. Part of Mystery on the Rails season.

Case Files

Station Hall | No booking required | Free
Available until Friday 2 June

Create a dramatic short story based on fact or fiction using the key elements of great crime writing. Step into the shoes of a detective to uncover the details of a crime, using clues, objects from our collection and a list of known suspects to help your reader decipher whodunnit. Part of Mystery on the Rails season.

The Missing Passenger

Station Hall | No booking required | Free

Put your sleuthing skills to the test as you explore our new exhibition The Missing Passenger by the Geraldine Pilgrim Performance Company as part of our Mystery on the Rails season. Can you solve the mystery of the Dining Car murder? Find the clues to whittle down eight suspects to establish who killed theatre and film agent to the stars Edward Robey.

Miniature Railway

South Yard | Tickets £3 per person, £10 for a family of 4, under-2s free

Journey past gigantic railway objects and through the ever-changing landscapes of South Yard on board our miniature railway. Book your ticket online.

Mallard Experience

Great Hall | Tickets £4 per adult and £3 per child*

Don't miss out on our spectacular state-of-the-art 12-seater simulator ride located in Great Hall. Recreating Mallard's record-breaking run, this is the only place for you to experience the sights and sounds of the world's fastest steam locomotive - and you can now book online.

*Height restrictions apply.

Turntable talk and demonstration

Great Hall | Free | Times vary - check our daily diary for details

Enjoy a short talk describing the Great Hall’s impressive turntable and its uses then watch it in action.

Cab access

Great Hall | Free | Times vary - check our daily diary for details

Enjoy facilitated access to several locomotive cabs, including Mallard - the world's fastest steam locomotive.

Royal Carriage tours

Station Hall | Free | Times vary - check our daily diary for details

Explore the world's largest collection of royal carriages, including Queen Victoria's 'palace on wheels' and Queen Adelaide's saloon, which is the oldest preserved carriage in Europe.

Fabulous food

Station Hall, Great Hall and pop-up outlets

Tuck in to some delicious food at the Dining Car restaurant in Station Hall or the Mallard Café in Great Hall, or for a taste of luxury book a table on Countess of York for afternoon tea. If weather permits, we'll even bring out the barbecue.

Pop-up shop

Station Hall

Pick up an interesting gift for a loved one or treat yourself - we'll have a range of items for sale at our pop-up shop in Station Hall, including the special Flying Scotsman range and train toys for little ones. If you can't wait until then, take a look at the fantastic items for sale in the NRM Shop.

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