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Leicester Museum & Art Gallery

Leicestershire

Free to all
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Established in 1849, Leicester's original museum has collections spanning art history and the natural world.

Located in the historic New Walk area of the city, the museum mounts exhibitions of works from the permanent collections and touring shows from national museums and ARTIST ROOMS.

The museum originated in 1849 when the Literary and Philosophical Society formally presented its various collections to the town.

Art dealer Anthony d'Offay and Lord and Sir David Attenborough have said that they were inspired to pursue their love of art and natural history as a result of regularly visiting the museum in their formative years.


Permanent collection

Leicester's collection of works by local Arts and Crafts architect and designer Ernest Gimson (1864-1919) are displayed in a dedicated permanent gallery. Gimson designed furnishings in many different materials, and the gallery includes examples of his rush furniture, cabinets, embroidery and metalwork.

Gimson's work is shown alongside pieces by his closest friends and associates, such as tiles by William De Morgan and designs by fellow Leicester-based activist and designer Harry Peach. There is also be a display on Stoneywell Cottage, the Leicestershire house he built for his brother.

Further thematic galleries focus on a diverse array of subjects, from Ancient Egypt and the lost world of dinosaurs to Lord Attenborough's Picasso ceramics and one of the most notable collections of German Expressionist art outside Germany.

Leicester Museum & Art Gallery

Free to all

53 New Walk, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 7EA

0116 225 4900

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Opening times

Mon - Fri, 11am - 4.30pm Sat - Sun, 11am - 5pm

Check our website for Christmas & New Year Opening

Leicester Museum & Art Gallery is COVID Secure and is following current government guidance with procedures in place to protect your safety.

Supplying Track & Trace details and the wearing of face masks inside Leicester Museums & Galleries is mandatory.

Leicester’s Museums & Galleries are Covid-19 secure buildings, for your safety we request that all visitors book in advance.

Entrance is by timed/pre booked tickets.

Tours will be one-way and expected to last no more 1 hour 30min.

Advanced booking is essential.

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