Discover Fascinating History and Stories at Leeds City Museum

If this is your first trip to Leeds, then you need to add Leeds City Museum to your stack – whether you’re interested in ancient life on Earth and forgotten civilisations, the diversity of the animal kingdom, or the story of this iconic northern city and connection with other countries across the world, there’s plenty of exciting and interactive exhibitions that’ll keep the whole family entertained for the day!

Where can I find free museums in Leeds?

Leeds City Museum is the cities leading free museum. You can find the museum 10 minutes away from the train station, or a 5 minute walk away from The Headrow and Woodhouse Lane served by a number of different bus routes. On-street parking is also available on Rossington Street and Cookridge Street.

Leeds City Museum dates all the way back to 1821 when it first opened to the public – it survived the bombings of the World Wars, closed multiple times and then finally reopened to the public in 2008, where it has become one of the city’s best attractions.

There are six fascinating galleries to explore across four floors, as well as a programme of changing special exhibitions across the year, with a range of themes catering to all interests. Be astonished by the vast collection of specimens at the Life on Earth gallery, from outstanding prehistoric beasts, plants to minerals and more showing you the story of the natural world. Find out the story of their human counterparts at the Ancient World gallery, where you can discover how some of the world’s greatest and oldest civilisations, from Egyptians to Greeks, lived their lives and influenced how we live today. This includes a spectacular 3000-year-old mummy, the only one to be known that hails from the 20th dynasty!

Learn something about a little closer to home at the Leeds Story, where you’ll dive into how the city’s landscape has been changed by its incredible people. Discover how some of the country’s most important innovations and inventions were made in Leeds, its proud sporting accolades and impressive textiles heritage through a range of captivating stories and artefacts. Explore how Leeds is inextricably linked with Asia and the continent’s various cultures at World View: Voices of Asia. This gallery celebrates the exciting diversity of Asian communities across Leeds, through a selection of 6000 and more items that document and reflect important moments.

Make a trip to Leeds’s leading museum for a free, fantastic family day out!

  • Monday: closed
    Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 5pm
  • Accessible for wheelchair users, with accessible parking and toilets.
  • Café is available on site.

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