Art Gallery

The Museum’s art gallery is a fantastic art exhibition space in the North York Moors National Park. The art gallery is always free to visit and open whenever the Museum is open.


Visit our art gallery and see this stunning range of works on loan from Leeds Museums & Galleries (Leeds Art Gallery) including works by Samuel Peploe, William Scott and Turner Prize nominated artist Lubaina Himid.



The Manor House Silver Spoon

We are pleased to announce that the Harome Manor House silver spoon has been loaned to us by kind permission of The British Museum. The spoon will be on show in the free to visit art gallery space from Saturday 22 July until Sunday 10 September.

As Ryedale Folk Museum’s volunteers set about the arduous job of moving the Manor House to the Museum’s grounds in 1971, a surprise awaited them. Buried deep in the roof thatching was a spoon. At first, the spoon was believed to be made of pewter but a later examination revealed that it was silver. The spoon was dated to 1510 and at that time it was the oldest known spoon in the country. After the realisation that the spoon was a significant find, the police were informed. In 1976, a special court was held in Helmsley and a HM coroner declared that the spoon was Treasure Trove. Until 1996, when the law was changed, this declaration was given to silver or gold objects which had been deliberately hidden and later found, and which no one could prove they owned. After the Coroner’s verdict, the spoon was taken to the British Museum where it has remained ever since.

The Manor House, where the spoon was found, is the largest of the Museum’s historic buildings and was originally located in the nearby village of Harome. Its origins probably date to the 16th century and its simple but large cruck-framed construction make it one of the Museum’s most popular spaces with visitors.


The Call of the Land

Saturday 16 September – Sunday 26 November

John Creighton returns to Ryedale Folk Museum, ten years after his last solo show in the gallery. This exhibition will feature a series of stunning charcoal landscapes, created especially for our intimate art gallery space.