Leeds City Museum

Where 4.5 billion years of history come to life

Originally established in 1819, Leeds City Museum reopened its halls of learning and adventure in 2008. Since then it has become a popular destination for locals and tourists looking to learn a little bit more about this Northern land of paradise.

Like all museums should be, Leeds City Museum is free to enter. With special availability for schools and school trips, we want every citizen of Leeds, regardless of age or sex, to be inspired to delve deeper, to think about the world more broadly and, most importantly, to have fun while doing so. Discover everything from life on Earth, ancient worlds, the stories of skeletons and the history of Leeds itself!

We like to keep education interesting and refreshing, so that’s why we have many unique exhibitions adorning our calendar throughout the year. Be sure to check out or website for further details on these incredible projects!

A great family day out with 4.5 billion years of discovery. If you love Leeds history, the ancient worlds, or natural sciences, there’s plenty to enjoy.

Upcoming Events

22/09/2017 - 07/01/2018
Skeletons: Our Buried Bones
Join our Curator of Archaeology for an introduction to the Skeletons: Our Buried Bones exhibition. A chance to find out more about...
10:30 - 11:30
From Murray to Metro: The Railway Builders of Leeds
From Murray to Metro: The Railway Builders of Leeds. Leeds was "one of the most concentrated locomotive centres of the railway world". Curator...
10:30 - 11:30
Florence Nightingale and Yorkshire
A talk by Stephanie Davies about the family connection of Florence Nightingale to Lotherton Hall and her involvement with the design of...