Family drinking coffee at Abbey House Museum in Leeds
Performance at Abbey House Museum in Leeds

Abbey House Museum

Wander the beautifully created authentic Victorian streets for a glimpse of life in 19th century Leeds at Abbey House Museum.
Mon Closed - Closed
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Tue 10:00 - 17:00
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Wed 10:00 - 17:00
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Thurs 10:00 - 17:00
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Fri 10:00 - 17:00
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Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00

Step back in time and discover our museum of social history as you wander through the enchanting streets, shops and houses and experience life as a Victorian.

Until 31 December 2018, visitors can see our exhibition A Woman’s Place? marking the centenary of some women getting the vote. It looks at the struggles and progress of women in achieving equality and recognition.
Visit our Remembrance display until 30 December 2018 and find out how commemoration has changed since the Victorian era, with contributions from people living in Leeds.

Take part in community-led and family-friendly activities, enjoy lunch in the beautiful Gate House Café and pick up a gift!

As a fun, family-friendly and interactive museum, Abbey House Museum is a great day out for all the family. Wander the recreated Victorian streets of Leeds and enter the enchanted shops and houses to discover what life was really like in the 1850s.

Interesting and rare 19th century toys, games and dolls are on display in the Childhood Galleries and on special event days you can see people in traditional Victorian costume. Family fun continues with our huge range of activities including Muddy Monkeys, fun free messy and imaginative craft play activities for under 5s.

A Woman’s Place? exhibition, open until 31 December 2018, features stories and objects from strong pioneering Leeds women such as suffragette Leonora Cohen and Olympic boxer Nicola Adams, from 1860 to the present day. Discover how everyday life has changed for women in the home, school and workplace. Special events and talks will be taking place throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Until 30 December 2018 and in conjunction with the University of Leeds, our Remembrance display explores how important objects, places and actions are in helping us tell personal stories today about those we have lost.
After your visit to the museum, why not have a wander around our lovely garden or cross over the road to see the stunning Kirkstall Abbey.

Performance at Abbey House Museum in Leeds
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The museum started life as part of the inner gatehouse of Kirkstall Abbey, before becoming a family home and the museum it is today!