New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
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.
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
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.
World Cultures, Natural Sciences, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Archaeology
Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection
- 18 August 2011 — 31 December 2017 *on now
Following on from the highly successful 2007 exhibition, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery is delighted to present Picasso: The Attenborough Collection, a permanent gallery of selected key works from the collection of Lord and Lady Attenborough.
In 1954 Richard and Sheila Attenborough paid their first visit to the Madoura pottery in Vallauris, where Picasso had been working for several years with Georges and Suzanne Ramié. The Attenboroughs started with modest purchases, leading to a collection numbering some 150 pieces.
All of Picasso’s activity with ceramics centred around the Madoura pottery factory in Vallauris, France. Picasso made plates, jugs and tiles but he also designed new forms combining aspects of painting and sculpture in ceramics. The majority of the collection consists of Editions and Original Impressions; multiple works that Picasso insisted the pottery should produce and sell inexpensively, so that everyone could own a ‘Picasso’.
This intimate permanent exhibition shows a changing display of around forty works selected from the unique collection, curated by renowned Picasso expert, Dr Marilyn McCully.
In 2007, Lord and Lady Attenborough announced that their Picasso ceramics collection would be entrusted to the City of Leicester to commemorate the lives of their daughter, Jane Mary, and their granddaughter, Lucy Elizabeth, who perished together in the Asian Tsunami on 26th December 2004.
- Any age
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
- 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!
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester
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.
- Any age
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).
Fearless Foxes: Leicester City and the Impossible Dream
- 4 June — 11 September 2016 *on now
Occasionally the success of a football team inspires a whole community. Even more rarely it captures the imagination of the world. This is that time.
Join us this summer and relive the remarkable rise of Leicester City Football Club, from relegation favourites in March 2015 to Premier League champions in May 2016. This special display uses images and sound to recreate what has been a truly unforgettable year in the world of football.
As well as retracing the football journey month by month, the exhibition will also explore how the success of our football team has not only helped bring Leicester together, but also brought the world to Leicester. Why have people reacted so strongly to this story of sporting success?
Come and share your own thoughts and stories and celebrate a remarkable moment in the city’s history in the city’s flagship museum.
Accompanying the exhibition will be a programme of themed football events throughout the summer for all the family.
- Any age
The Ancient Egqyptians
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
53 New Walk
0116 225 4900