The front of the Leicester Museum & Art Gallery on New Walk in Leicester.
Visitors at the Leicester Museum & Art Gallery browsing art at an exhibition.
The skeleton of the Rutland Dinosaur exhibited at the Leicester Museum & Art Gallery.
The skeleton of the Rutland Dinosaur exhibited at the Leicester Museum & Art Gallery.

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  • Immerse yourself in a world of discovery and unearth awesome collections and displays spanning the natural and cultural world.
  • Explore awe-inspiring galleries that include Arts & Crafts, Dinosaurs, Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection and the Victorian Art Gallery.
  • Delve into the Egyptian Collection and check out the ancient Egyptian objects and the four mummified ancient Egyptians.
  • The permanent collection has over 15 million objects spanning 4.5 billion years!

Leicester Museum & Art Gallery is one of the must-see family-friendly museums on the historic New Walk in Leicester. Formerly known as the New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, the attraction was one of the first public museums. It opened its doors with 10,000 objects donated by the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society in 1849.

The museum is bursting with several permanent galleries for families to enjoy, including Wildspace, Ancient Egypt, Arts & Crafts, Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection, Dinosaurs, the Victorian Art Gallery and the world-famous German Expressionism collection.

Three children wearing Egyptian masks at the Leicester Museum & Art Gallery.

Little explorers can see real animals, which have been preserved using taxidermy, from around the world in environments to recreate their natural habitats in the Wild Space Gallery. Dino-mad kids can discover what Jurassic life was like millions of years ago in the Dinosaur Gallery. Children will love the items on display, including a 15-metre long fossilised Cetiosaurus skeleton, known as the Rutland Dinosaur, and a marine reptile, which was the first of its kind to be discovered, the Barrow Kipper. Take a glimpse at one of the East Midlands' most predominant collections of ancient Egyptian objects in the Life and Death in Ancient Egypt Gallery. It contains fragments of the Book of the Dead, figurines, canopic jars and four mummified Egyptians. It’s hard not to be blown away!

Older children and art lovers will enjoy seeing the superb range of landscapes and portraits dating up to the 19th century in the stunning Victoria Gallery. And the German Expressionist Art Gallery, which houses the one of the most remarkable collections of early 20th-century German art outside Germany, is well worth a visit.

Throughout the museum, there are also temporary exhibitions, featuring contemporary and unique art and craft displays, touring exhibitions from national museums, and special works from the collections. One of the recent highlights includes the LEGO Brick City exhibition by artist Warren Elsmore and his team, which celebrates iconic buildings from around the globe recreated in LEGO bricks.

Be sure to check out some of the events that take place at the museum, from lunchtime concerts and curators’ talks to children’s handling sessions. The building is also available for private hire and is licensed for weddings, renewal of wedding vows and civil ceremonies.

And if you enjoy browsing museum shops, the Leicester Museum & Gallery gift shop has a brilliant range of contemporary crafts and exhibition souvenirs. There are also plenty of items for younger visitors, including fossils, stones and gifts inspired by the Ancient Egyptian galleries. You won’t be leaving empty-handed!

Whether you enjoy browsing art galleries or like learning about local history with your family, there are loads of things to do in Leicester. Discover the life and death of King Richard III at the Dynasty, Death and Discovery exhibition at the King Richard III Visitor Centre or visit the Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester’s industrial museum. The Attenborough Arts Centre is also nearby and hosts different art exhibitions throughout the year.

What to know before you go

  • The museum's opening times are Monday to Friday 11am - 4.30pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am -5pm.
  • There's a great selection of children’s activity packs available online to print at home and bring along with you on your visit.
  • Lockers are available in the entrance hall for £1 each. Unfortunately, there is nowhere to store large luggage items.
  • The museum is fully wheelchair accessible, with lifts throughout and level access.
  • It is possible to take your buggy into the museum. There is some space for them to be stored near the museum entrance.
  • Toilets and baby-changing facilities are available.
  • If you want to refuel, the Museum Café has a range of lunch options and homemade cakes.
  • If the weather is nice, you are welcome to bring a picnic and use the outdoor seating. Or, there are benches in Museum Square, which is situated next to the museum.

Getting there

  • Leicester railway station is a five-minute walk away and is served by East Midlands Railway and CrossCountry services.
  • By bus, Arriva routes 31, 31A, 44, 44A and 48 stop at Leicester railway station.
  • If you are arriving by car, there is an on-site car park available. The next closest car park is the NCP East Street (LE1 6NB).

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