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, dig for fossils in the Life on Earth gallery and come face-to-face with the Leeds Tiger.
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.
Visit our latest exhibition, Beavers to Weavers, and marvel at the fascinating creations made by animals in the natural world. 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, making it a great stop for a spot of lunch. The museum shop includes locally made products, jewellery, books and specially commissioned pieces which complement our exhibitions.
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