What’s on at NRM York

A Day at the Museum

Bring the whole family to a special fun-packed day at the National Railway Museum and find out what we’re all about.

Build up your science and engineering know-how, make crafty things to take home and discover more about the amazing objects on display.

Browse our scheduled shows below, and find out more about the exciting range of drop-in activities on offer - all of which are free of charge.

Timed Activity When Where
Turntable Demo 11am
Wheel Drop 11.30am
Workshop Balcony
Circuit City 12.00
Learning Platform
Working Engineers 12.30pm Works Balcony
Engineer Like Me 1pm Learning Platform
Wheel Drop 1.30pm Workshop Balcony
Circuit City 2pm Learning Platform
Working Engineers 2.45pm Works Balcony
Circuit City 3pm Learning Platform
Wheel Drop 3.30pm Workshop Balcony
Turntable Demo 4pm Turntable

09 Jul 2017




Families, Suitable for all ages
Events, Family activities

Timed activities

Engineer like me

Sunday 9 July, 12.00 | Learning Platform | Free

Ever wondered what it's like to be an engineer? Find out what our panel of real-life engineers think about running with scissors, Marmite, bridges, friction and everything in-between in this interactive game show.

Circuit city

Sunday 9 July, 12.00 and 2pm | Learning Platform | Free

Follow an electric current from Dickinson Street Power Station to Manchester Town Hall in 1893, as the city is powered by electricity for the first time. This lively, humorous show is delivered by Explainers from the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

Science busking

Sunday 9 July, various times | Great Hall | Free

Keep an eye out for our science busking trolley as it pops up in various locations around Great Hall for some mind-blowing mini science shows.

Working engineers

Sunday 9 July, 12.30pm and 2.45pm | The Works Balcony | Free

Discover the latest news about the overhaul of the locomotive Sir Nigel Gresley from the volunteers working on the project.

Wheel drop

Sunday 9 July, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm
The Works Balcony | Free

Watch our expert engineers demonstrate the wheel drop in our workshop.

Drop-in activities

Screwball signals

Sunday 9 July, drop in 10am–4pm | Great Hall | Free

Could you keep the railways running? Signal engineers control the railway and keep it operating quickly and safely – a big job with such a large network of trains. Have a go at keeping the trains a safe distance apart with our fun marble run.

Track to the future

Sunday 9 July, drop in 10am–4pm | Great Hall | Free

What do magnets have to do with high speed travel? Can a battery push itself through a tube? Will future trains still have tracks? Find out for yourself in this hands on activity.

Polarising pictures

Sunday 9 July, drop in 10am–4pm | Great Hall | Free

Take a closer look at our iconic collection and find out how 3D glasses can make you see things in a new light.

Gauge 1 Model Trains

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July, drop in 10am–4pm
Great Hall | Free

Enjoy live demonstrations from the Gauge 1 Model Railway Association.

Object handling

Sunday 9 July, drop in 10am–4pm
The Works Balcony | Free

Guess how some intriguing objects are used as part of the overhaul of the engine Sir Nigel Gresley – and then find out the answers from the Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust experts.

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.

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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