Advantages Very interesting, quite fun
Disadvantages Not wheelchair or pushchair accessible, small
|Is it worth visiting?|
The Richard the Third Museum is located in Monkgate Bar, York's tallest and grandest bar, at the end of Goodramgate. It's dedicated primarily to the case of the Princes in the Tower, and offers a sensationalised look at the history, the politics, and the implications, the case for the prosecution and the case for the defence.The museum is located up a narrow staircase that also gives access to the walls, and entrance is through the tiny gift shop, which has a good selection of Plantaganet-themed books and gifts. It's a good place to look for information about the ruling family that came second. From the gift shop you go up another narrow flight of stairs into the museum itself.
For anyone who's familiar with Richard the Third, the museum has little new to offer. Some of the theories and the background stories were new to me, but most of it was the same old evidence rehashed in as many ways as possible. For a newcomer to the Wars of the Roses, or even just to Richard the Third, it would be much more new. Even for me, it was a good of the case presented in an interesting way.On your way out, visitors can submit their verdict on the case of the Princes in the Tower. Was it Richard, was it Margaret Beaufort, or was it someone entirely different. Lords Mandelson and Voldemort were among the accused when I visited.
The museum is small and no more than an hour, but with entry at under £3 and a 50% off voucher on the website, it's cheap enough to be worth popping in. It's also a member of the York's Hidden Secrets group, so entry here will get you a card that you can use to get half price entry to seven other museums around the city.
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