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 - Friday: 11am - 4.30pm
Saturday & 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


‘Untitled’ (Townscape), 1962, oil on board.  © 2018 The Ribeiro Estate.

Lancelot Ribeiro: A Voyage of Discovery

  • 4 March — 6 May 2018 *on now

This exhibition explores the legacy and art of the Indian Modernist painter Lancelot Ribeiro (1933-2010).

Restless, prolific and experimental, he produced a unique body of work inspired by his old Portuguese Goan roots - a unique fusion of Indian graphic art and Abstract Expressionism.

He first came to Britain in 1950, abandoning his accountancy course to take up life drawing. Soon returning to India, he held several successful one-man and group exhibitions, settling permanently in London in 1962.

Ribeiro created an important group of works, mixing traditional oil paints with PVA (polyvinyl acetate), the forerunner of commercial acrylic paints and in the decades that followed, he continued to reinvent the manner and medium in which he worked.

Drawn from the Ribeiro Collection and our collection, the exhibition traces the story of this important Indian artist and his artistic development.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free admission


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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