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Leeds Discovery Centre

See over one million objects on free behind the scenes tours of the amazing Leeds Museums and Galleries store.
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At this unique centre Leeds Museums and Galleries preserves and protects over one million intriguing objects and treasures.

Get close to amazing objects and discover how we take care of varied collections, including dress and textiles, social history, natural science, geology, archaeology and world cultures.

From toucans to telephones, meteorites and masks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Enjoy our free store tours held every Thursday at 11am and 2pm (no need to book ahead). These unique tours highlight fascinating objects and delve into the stories behind some of our most unusual items.

Located near Leeds Dock, Leeds Discovery Centre is in easy reach of the city centre.

Where else can you see a giant squid hanging from the ceiling?

Inside the museum store we have everything from a whole herd of taxidermy animals, fashion through the ages and amazing items from Leeds’s past and present.

Our knowledgeable volunteer tour guides will help you explore your interests on our weekly tours. We also run regular events during the school holidays and can arrange special visits for groups or societies.

Whether you are interested in local history, curious about the museum or looking for a unique day out, we’d love to hear from you.

Leeds Discovery Centre is a short walk from the Royal Armouries, within easy travelling distance of the city centre and we offer free parking.
We also offer meeting room hire ? combine a work away day and a museum store tour!

Did you know
The largest 'object' in the museum collection is too big to be housed inside the storeÉbecause it's Kirkstall Abbey.