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New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

Photomontage shows a gathering of people in the gallery on the left, with a ceramic piece in the middle, and Sir David Attenborough (cutting a red ribbon) with Leicester mayor Sir Peter Soulsby holding the ribbon
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery welcomed Sir David Attenborough and mayor Sir Peter Soulsby to open their newly refurbished geology and palaeontology exhibition on 2nd September 2011.

Short description

The New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is a museum on New Walk in Leicester, England, not far from the city centre. It opened in 1849, as one of the first public museums in the United Kingdom. New Walk contains displays of science, history and art, both international and local. The original building was designed by Joseph Hansom, designer of the hansom cab. It has been expanded several times, most recently in 2011.

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

53 New Walk



United Kingdom

Map and directions: view on Google Maps.

Official website: www.leicestermuseums.org.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 11am–4:30pm.

Saturday to Sunday 11am–5pm.



Permanent collections viewable all the time

On the ground floor:

  • Dinosaurs.
  • Wild Space.
  • The Den gallery (for the under 5s).
  • Victorian art gallery.
  • Arts and Crafts gallery.
  • Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection.

On the 1st floor:

The museum also offers a range of temporary exhibitions and events from children’s craft activities to lunchtime concerts.

Photograph of a side-on view of the main New Walk Museum and Art Gallery entrance, which is a pillared tall white building with a triangle top
The front of New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.

Find out more

Read more about the museum on the visitleicester.info webpage.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Photograph of an up-close orange, green and brown leaf.