Leeds City Museum

Visit Leeds City Museum with the famous Leeds Tiger, step into 'Ancient Worlds' and experience our 'Life on Earth' gallery.
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 11:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00

Explore Leeds City Museum for free and visit our four floors of interactive and exciting galleries. Meet Nesyamun, the Leeds mummy in his final resting place in the Ancient Worlds gallery and dig for fossils in the Life on Earth gallery.

From 6 July 2018 ? 6 January 2019, the museum will host Beavers to Weavers: The Wonderful World of Animal Makers. An environmentally friendly exhibition displaying beautiful objects made by animals, from beavers to weaver birds.

Family activities and school holiday events take place throughout the year including craft sessions at Rory’s Saturday Club, Tiny Tigers for under 5s and Museum Minis to help your little ones discover.

Leeds City Museum originally opened to the public in 1821, having been established by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society two years earlier. It re-opened in 2008, moving to the historic Leeds Institute on Millennium Square.

Permanent and special temporary exhibitions can be visited free of charge, with a fantastic range of exhibits from the Leeds archive on display. From the infamous Leeds Tiger to the 3000 year old mummy, the museum houses a vast range of objects and offers an insight into the history of Leeds throughout the ages.

Coming this summer, a brand-new exhibition celebrating the fascinating creations made by animals in the natural world will open; Beavers to Weavers: The Wonderful World of Animal Makers invites visitors to learn about animals through the diverse objects, sound and light they create.

Discover how animals build homes, from the tiny leaf cases of leafcutter bees to the woven nests of weaver birds. Others make armour or camouflage, craft tools and traps to catch food or change their appearances to attract each other.
Family-friendly activities and school holiday events including craft sessions, self-led trails, baby friendly curator talks and multi-sensory mornings take place across the year. Whilst adults can take part in the Leeds City Museum Community Choir, come along to maker’s market days and learn about our collections at specialist seminars.

The museum has an excellent on-site café serving coffee, cakes, sandwiches and more, whilst the museum shop includes locally made products and gifts.

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The museum, which was previously the Leeds Institute, was completed in 1862 by Cuthbert Brodrick, who also built Leeds Town Hall and the Corn Exchange.