Leeds City Museum

Image showing Leeds City Museum, a large possibly Victorian municipal building

The museum offers an exciting and fun day out for visitors of all ages.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Mondays closed (except bank holiday Mondays 11am-5pm), Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat and Sun 11am-5pm.

Admission charges


Part of a Designated Collection of national importance is on display at this museum.

Collection details

World Cultures, Social History, Natural Sciences, Archaeology, Coins and Medals

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Voices Of Asia

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Voices of Asia is a spectacular new gallery at Leeds City Museum which celebrates the sights, sounds, and culture of Asia and the Asian communities that live right here on our doorstep in Leeds.

Journey through the world’s largest continent by exploring seven themes from Faiths & Festivals to Trade & War, Fashion & Style to Music, Dance, Theatre & Film to Eating Out & Eating In and Faith in Focus.

The title ‘Voices of Asia’ was deliberately chosen to represent the many Asian communities that live within the city, the different languages spoken in the continent, and passion for contemporary film that will be incorporated in the new displays. The displays, which have been planned in partnership with local Asian community groups and a local Advisory Network, will stay in the space for around five years, but will change annually to reflect different projects, themes and world faiths

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



logo for Tailored exhibition at Leeds City Museum

Tailored: a very British Fashion

  • 17 July 2015 — 3 January 2016 *on now

Explore the significance of tailoring in the story of British fashion, from the eighteenth century to today. This unique exhibition at Leeds City Museum will celebrate the development of tailoring as a renowned British skill from Savile Row in London to the Leeds tailoring industry. It will showcase its impact on style from tweed and country wear to work clothes and city suits, formal attire and contemporary fashion.

Highlights include a jacket worn by Ringo Starr on loan from the V&A, work by contemporary fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen and items which highlight the important heritage of Leeds tailors such as Montague Burton. We are also delighted to have commissioned a bespoke suit by Kathryn Sargent, a Leeds-born Savile Row tailor which will be made from handwoven wool cloth designed by a young British textile designer.

A programme of workshops, study days and tours will also be available for anyone studying, or with an interest in fashion, textiles and design.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



A Graphic War

  • 1 — 30 November 2015 *on now

A Graphic War is a new city-wide contemporary art project examining the First World War through the lens of its graphic design outputs. This collaboration between Leeds Museums and Galleries and sculptor Ian Kirkpatrick will explore the many ways in which graphic design influenced life and thought at home and on the front lines.

Ian’s graphic design-inspired sculptures have been exhibited across the UK and internationally, and sit at the intersection between the retail and art worlds. Now, for the first time, Ian’s sculptures can be seen in Leeds during November 2015 as part of a city-wide trail thanks to the Leverhulme Trust.

This new body of artwork investigates the Leeds Museums and Galleries First World War collections and seeks to uncover the underlying mythologies, anxieties and fears they reveal about life in Leeds during wartime.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Ancient Egypt: Death and the Afterlife


A resource about Nesyamun, an Egyptian mummy. Learn about the Ancient Egyptians through the objects they left behind, including jewellery, mysterious mummys, strange languages and temple ruins.


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Leeds City Museum
Millennium Square
West Yorkshire






0113 224 3732

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