A beautifully laid out, educational and most importantly free museum.
Plenty to keep everyone happy, including children. The learning room hosts events for children throughout school holidays.
Disabled access is good, so don't be put off by all the steps up to the front door.
The only thing which would be a problem is parking, as all the on road parking around only allows a maximum of 2 hours parking, so unless you know where you are in Leeds, it may put you off.
Dont ever go there unless you have to. You'll be waiting for ages to get in to see a load of rubbish you've seen a hundred times before.
Well today Leeds city Museum was finally opened to the public so I decided to pop along and check it out. Because it was opening weekend we had to que to get in but I would say we waited less than 10 mins to get in and I wouldn't expect to wait on future visits I just think due to its opening.
Inside the place is quite large with 4 floors to view it was difficult to decide where to start. I opted for the lower ground floor and the life on earth exhibition as I wanted to see the famous Leeds tiger which seems to be recieving a lot of hype. The are lots of stuffed animals and infomation about Taxidermy my son loved looking at them all. Plently of activites for the kids to involved with included digging and dressing up as animals.
I then headed up the the 3rd floor to ancient worlds which ancient Egypt, Greece and Roman galleries. I was slightly disapointed and expected more from this but it is hard I have visited the British museum London and various museum in Rome that house very large ancient world exhibitions so perhaps I was expecting too much and its not fair to compare it to these other museums. There is the Leeds mummy named Nesyamun which was the only item people where queing inside to look at.
The second floor and first floor included The Leeds story with a toddler town but my son was too tired but this point so I thought i'd save it for another trip durning the week when its less busy and it would be a great excuse to go back. We also were given free orange drawstring bags too bonus.
I was pretty impressed with my first visit its about time Leeds had some free indoor activities to take the kids too on a rainday. There is a gift shop and cafe too
There's launch weekend celebrations going on in Millennium square with various tents offer family activities such as facepainting and arts & crafts. My son adored playing the drums at one tent althought I was getting a bit of headache.
Worth popping along too don't forget on street parking is free on a sunday too.
Closed mondays open from 11 other days
Leeds City Museum is yet another wonderful resource which is totally free to visit. It has recently re-opened following a multi million pound redevelopment and it looks fantastic.
Located on Millenium Square in the centre of Leeds the only real downside is the lack of free parking, though if you visit on a Sunday you can park on the limited amount of street parking.
The exhibits are brilliant you really should set aside an hour at the absolute minimum. There is lots to see, my favourite being the exhibit on Egypt. I would strongly advise you visit and see for yourself!
Leeds museum finally opened at millenium square. i was quite disappointed it was mainly all aimed at children, not catered for adults.but the downstairs exhibits of the animals looked fab. enjoyed digging sand to find 'dinosaur bones'. also it doesnt open until 11am,which is actually quite late compared to other museums. it is free though.
I think the museum is ok. Obviously it's new and I think it will improve over time. It is aimed more at the kids, but it's still interesting for adults too. The nature bit downstairs is quite interesting and informative. The Leeds map looks like just a wasted space on the first floor - what's the point in that? The history of Leeds, in my opinion, is the best bit! Lots of interactive things to do and me and my mates had fun doing them even if they were more for the children! The Mummy is awesome, the main attraction I think. I didn't go into the bit you had to pay - we wanted a free day out for my friends visiting from London. It's no Natural History Museum but still good if your stuck for something to do and the pennies are tight. I would advise to go early on a weekend, we went in at about 10am and when we left a couple of hours later there was a queue to get in!
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