Welcome to Leicester Museum & Art Gallery

A family friendly day out, the galleries include Ancient Egypt, Dinosaurs, Wild Space, the Victorian Art Gallery, Arts & Crafts Gallery, Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection and Leicester's internationally renowned German Expressionism collection. Formerly known as New Walk Museum.

The museum hosts a vast array of temporary exhibitions, featuring works from the collections and touring exhibitions from national museums. Plus a range of activities from entertaining talks, children’s handling sessions, lunchtime concerts, licensed for weddings, civil ceremonies and available for private hire.

Visit the gift shop to buy a range of exhibition merchandise and contemporary crafts, or pop by the Museum Cafe to recharge with free wifi and refreshments.


Leicester Museum & Art Gallery
53 New Walk

Telephone: +44 (0)116 225 4900

Opening times

Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 11am - 4.30pm

Saturday and Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Please note: the car park is currently closed

Christmas Opening

Closed from Friday 24th December 2021 until Saturday 1st January 2022


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Covid and your visit

Customers are required to wear face coverings in our buildings.

When visiting our buildings, we strongly encourage customers to be able to provide NHS COVID Pass, or a negative PCR test or rapid lateral flow test within 72 hours of your visit.

Further guidance on the use of face coverings is available at leicester.gov.uk/facecoverings

For more detailed information visit our Covid FAQ page.

Notice 2nd December 2021

Changing Places Facility Temporary Closed:

Owing to essential maintenance work, the Changing Places facility at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery will be ‘out of use’ from Mon 6th - Fri 10th December 2021 inclusively. 

The facility will be available again from Sat 11th Dec 2021.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to our visitors.

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Visitor Comments

'What an absolutely brilliant place this, there is an incredible range of exhibits from an outstanding dinosaur exhibition, through an impressive Egyptian one to the quite stunning display of Victorian art. I hadn't expected to spend anywhere near as long as I ended up spending here, but I was just drawn in by everything. Every display is so well curated, to inform and entertain and to keep your attention, each had so much to offer, there wasn't one that I walked away from with anything but appreciation for the thought that had gone into it.'

'We had a fantastic time at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery. The children age 6 & 8 found it very very exciting to discover what ancient Egypt artefacts they could. There are plenty of interactive things for the whole family to do. Would highly recommend going.'

Museum of Sanctuary

Leicester Museum & Art Gallery is proud to announce that we have attained the prestigious Museum of Sanctuary Award. We join only four other museums across the entire United Kingdom who have achieved this important award which shows that the Museum welcomes all people who are seeking refuge, regardless of background or circumstances.

Read more about this prestigious award.