The Stewart Museum

The Stewart Museum is primarily dedicated to the travels of Major Percy Stewart and the eight World Tours he undertook between 1906 and 1926.

Often accompanied by his wife Katharine, Percy visited every continent, explored remote regions and collected a remarkable range of cultural and religious exhibits. Several of these have been recognised by UNESCO as of national and international importance.

The Stewart Collection is now housed in state-of-the-art display cases in the museum with a number of interactive stations.

In 2012, Yorkshire Museums selected 100 objects from around the region for their “Precious Cargo”project, an exploration in depth of the exhibits in Yorkshire Museums that celebrate world cultures, and five artefacts from the Stewart Museum were featured.

These were a Maori feather cloak made from Kiwi feathers and given to the Major by a Maori Chief, the diary of Herbert Stewart, Percy’s brother, who was tutor to the Tsar’s nephews at the time of the Russian Revolution, a ceremonial facemask from what is now Papua New Guinea; a decorative snuff bottle from China with incredible artwork painted inside the bottle, and a carved wooden figure of a man from the Solomon Islands, collected by the Major en route from Singapore to Sydney in the early 1900s.

In 2014, the “Mr Stewart and the Romanovs” project received some international and academic attention, following research completed in relation to Herbert Stewart’s life in imperial Russia, and this was followed in 2015 by “The Adventurous Stewarts” project, which raised the profile of several of Percy Stewart’s siblings who each travelled the world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Upcoming events

East Riding of Yorkshire Band

Date: May 29, 2022

Time: 1400 - 1600

Riotous Royals (Merry Monarchs)

Date: June 1, 2022

Time: 11.00 - 15.30

Come and celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on a Rusticus Adventure which features a lavish array of merry monarchs from history, and find out why they all think they’re so special! Brim-full of warrior queens, chivalrous knights, and musical monarchs, […]

Jubilee Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Date: June 3, 2022

Time: 1100 - 1530

Bring a bear or favourite cuddly toy and come along to our special Jubilee Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Magic from Magic Hatter in the Marquee and story time in the Aviary Garden with gaffer al. Teddy Trail in the Gardens. Magic […]

Jubilee Swing with the Mini Big Band

Date: June 4, 2022

Time: 1930 - 2130

Following the success of our 2021 Summer Night Swing event, we’re pleased to welcome the Mini Big Band back to the Gardens for an evening of swing music to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Tickets must be purchased in advance […]