Wizard Week 2012

The magic returns to the Museum with a week of spells, tricks and mischief.

11 Feb 2012 - 19 Feb 2012
Early opening: 9.30am - 6pm. All activities are daily unless otherwise stated
Admission FREE. *a charge applies
Family activities

We have a winner of our Best Dressed Wizard competition - congratulations to 10 year old Tiegan Boyens who has won a one-to-one with The Magic Hatter and an owl experience with Falconry UK. The winner was picked by Andrew Lee, a member of the Magic Circle and an award winning magician. A big thank you to everyone who entered.

See the steam star from the Harry Potter films. Plus – new for 2012 – spell-binding activities for wizards of all ages. Plus Enter our best-dressed wizard competition on Facebook - win a one-to-one magic class with Magic Hatter, an exciting owl experience with Falconry UK Ltd and more.

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What's on

All-action wizard duels

Watch good battle evil in our wizard performances at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Owl displays

See displays of beautiful owls and birds of prey. 10am – 4.30pm

Derek the Dragon

Come and say hello to our friendly dragon. 10 - 11am, 11.30am - 1pm, 1.30 - 3pm and 3.30 - 4.30pm

The Magic Hatter

Walkaround wizarding entertainment. Look out for him in Station Hall and South Yard, 11am – 12.30pm and 1pm – 3pm

Make your own Wizard ID badge*

Create your own Wizard ID badge to wear. 10.30am - 4.30pm. 50p

The Science behind Harry Potter - 17 Feb only

Meet Roger Highfield, the author of ‘The Science of Harry Potter’, to find out how dragons fly and if invisibility cloaks would really work. Just turn up - but please note limited seats available. 11:30am and 1:30pm in Gibb Theatre

Broomstick flying trick photography*

Fly high on a broomstick with our trick photography. Take home your photograph (£5 for a 7x5, £7 for a 9x6). 10am – 4.30pm, Great Hall.

Other activities

Steam rides*

Take a ride behind a loco (not the steam star from the Harry Potter films - it's developed a fault). 10am – 5pm. Tickets £2 per person.

Adventure playground

Let off steam on our slides and climbing frames.


Experience breathtaking rides on our rocking and rolling Simulator.

Miniature railway*

All aboard! Take a trip on our 7¼“ gauge train in the South Yard. The miniature railway runs every day, weather permitting.

Road train*

Ride the Road Train from Duncombe Place (by York Minster) to the Museum. Road Train timetable

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