Leeds City Museum

Museum/Heritage/Gallery/Visitor Centre


Explore Leeds City Museum for free and visit our four floors of interactive and exciting galleries. Visit the Life on Earth gallery and come face-to-face with the Leeds Tiger, explore the history of Leeds in The Leeds Story gallery and visit our latest special exhibition on the top floor.

World View, The Collector’s Cabinet and Ancient Worlds galleries are currently closed.

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, Fast x Slow Fashion, to explore the relationship between clothes shopping and people in Leeds, from 1720 to the present day. The exhibit shows how clothes shops have changed, but also highlights how people have sought alternative ways to consume fashion. It is also available as an online exhibition.

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.


Type Price
Admission is free Free

Opening Hours

Sun 12:00 17:00
Tue 11:00 17:00
Wed 11:00 17:00
Thu 11:00 17:00
Fri 11:00 17:00
Sat 12:00 17:00
Bank Holiday Mondays 11:00 17:00
Café - Friday: 11 – 4.30pm 11:00 16:30
Café - Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 4.30pm 12:00 16:30


  • Disabled Access
  • Wi-Fi
  • Child Friendly
  • Indoor


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