New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
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On the historic New Walk, Leicester's original museum has collections spanning the natural and cultural world. A family friendly day-out, displays include Dinosaurs, Egyptians, Geology, The Den, Wild Space and World Arts.

The art galleries showcase Modern and Old Masters, contemporary art and craft exhibitions and permanent galleries of Arts & Crafts and Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection and Leicester's internationally renowned German Expressionism collection.

The museum offers a varied events programme, Costa coffee shop with free Wi-Fi access and gift shop including a range of exhibition merchandise and contemporary craft and design. The venue is also available for private hire and licensed for civil marriage and naming ceremonies.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Admission charges

Admission to the museum is free. Certain events and exhibitions may have a charge.

On the historic New Walk, Leicester's oldest museum has collections spanning the natural and cultural world. A family friendly day-out, displays include Egyptians, Wild Space, World Arts and Leicester’s Fine Art collection.

Changing exhibitions feature works by Modern and Old Masters with Leicester’s German Expressionist collection, one of the most notable outside of Germany.

Collection details

World Cultures, Natural Sciences, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Archaeology

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Come and investigate The Den!

The Den

  • 31 March 2012 — 31 December 2020 *on now

Come and investigate The Den! The Den is a dedicated space for children aged five and under and their families. Explore exciting new ways to experience museum objects and how they open up opportunities for fun and learning around the museum.

Look, listen, touch, move - in The Den there are no right or wrong answers... the only limit is your imagination!

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6


New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester


Free admission


Portrait of a Girl, Michael Sweerts

The Victorian Art Gallery

  • 24 May 2014 — 31 December 2016 *on now

The Victorian Art Gallery includes restored oil paintings and artworks returning to display after many years.

The new exhibition includes major 16th – 19th century British and European artists, including Joseph Mallord William Turner, Lord Leighton, Edgar Degas and Michael Sweerts.

Opened as a lecture hall and art gallery in 1879, the room continues these roles with improved facilities for weddings, private hire and events.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free admission


Ernst Neuschul, ‘Die Schminkende’, oil on canvas 1931. Gifted 2014.

Expressionism: The Total Artwork

  • 17 September 2014 — 31 December 2016 *on now

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery are proud to host the largest collection of German Expressionist artwork in the UK, and with support from Arts Council England have re-displayed the collection.

The gallery uses cutting edge museum design to uncover the remarkable story behind our collection. Exploring how and why German and other Expressionist artists revealed their innermost emotions through art, dance, music and drama.

The gallery is accompanied by a website presenting our collection online for the first time and an exciting events programme and performance space to evoke the ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ (the total artwork).


Free admission


India’s Gateway: Gujarat, Mumbai & Britain

  • 24 October 2015 — 21 February 2016 *on now

India’s Gateway traces the history of Gujarat and Mumbai as age-old centres of trade and migration, focusing on their remarkable links with Britain.

Featuring photographs and film shot in India by UK photographer Tim Smith and Indian film-makers Amit Madheshiya and Shirley Abraham, the exhibition weaves history together with words and images to explore the lives and experiences of Gujarati communities today.

India’s Gateway is organised by Oriental Arts and Tim Smith and is funded by Arts Council England.


Generation ART image

Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour

  • 16 January — 6 March 2016 *on now

A touring exhibition of children and young people’s art from engage – the National Association for Gallery Education. The exhibition in Leicester is run in partnership with the Spark Festival and Soft Touch Arts, who will also be hosting the specially selected artworks.

The exhibition is supported by activities, events and a Studio Space to produce your own artwork to display.

Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour is an exhibition of children and young people’s artwork, supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic touring programme, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Helen Jean Cope Charity, and run by engage, the National Association for Gallery Education. For further information please visit the engage website.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free entry


"Parallels" by Chris Dugrenier

  • 23 January — 21 February 2016 *on now

French artist Chris Dugrenier creates an immersive installation about migration and journeys, cycles and patterns. Based in the German Expressionist gallery and inspired by the stories behind the art, Chris is inviting visitors to help build her installation, turning the gallery space into an exciting ‘art laboratory’. In partnership with Curve, Leicester.


Mary Sloane: A Portrait of the Artist

  • 25 March — 3 July 2016

This important exhibition of Leicester born artist Mary Annie Sloane ARE (1867-1961) explores the life and work of a significant Leicester artist.

Born into a comfortable middle class life, Mary chose to pursue an artistic path at a time when training opportunities for women were limited. Her energies were directed into her art, campaigns for women’s’ suffrage, travel and a close friendship with May Morris, daughter of William Morris, father of the Arts & Crafts movement.

Bringing together many previously unseen artworks from private family collections, the exhibition covers both her early Leicester period and later life in London.


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.

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
53 New Walk






0116 225 4900

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