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Richard III Museum, York

A fascinating Museum situated in York's tallest Medieval Gatehouse (or Bar)...

Monk Bar, York YO1 7LQ

Tel: 01904 634191

Built in the 14th Century as part of York's famous City Walls it was originally a guard house and has been both a prison and a police house, lived in until 1914.

The bar boasts a rare example of a working portcullis, last lowered in 1953. Largely original, the ancient mechanism still works and can be operated by visitors.

There are three rooms in all, the uppermost is said to have been added by King Richard himself in 1484, allegedly supervising its construction and paying for it out of his own money.

In 1992 it was decided to convert Monk Bar into the Richard III Museum, in honour of the King many felt had been unjustly maligned by historians.

As well as the exhibition where Richard is put on trial there is an extensive gift shop, offering books, prints and general souvenirs.

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Reply #1 on : Thu January 27, 2011, 21:28:26
whilst the building itself has historical interest the actual content of the museum was informative however it is overwhelming. there is too much literature, it is untidy in it presentation. the beautiful portcullis is also covered with literature thus detracting from its boast of being a working object. the story of Richard iii is indeed stirring however i failed to feel any rapport with the notion of a court hearing! the tiny cells were thought provoking especially if you close the door. the Garderobe
would have been more interesting if the model within it was sitting not leaning clumsily against the wall. overall i was dissapointed not with the building \ portcullis but with the contents, it would be better empty.
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