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Best Free Museums in Leeds

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Henry Moore Institute

Since it opened in 1993, the Henry Moore Institute has fast gained a reputation as one of the top sculpture galleries in the North. Although it attracts some of the biggest names in sculpture, James Lee Byars and Jasper Johns to name just two, the Institute prides itself on being a showcase for raw new talent. The exciting and varied program of exhibitions and events ensures that there is something for everyone, whatever their taste in art. Admission is free here.

74 The Headrow, Leeds, United Kingdom, LS1 3AH
Leeds City Museum

Housed in one of the city's many impressive Victorian edifices on Millenium Square, the Leeds City Museum (LCM) is a repository of one of England's most extensive and dynamic collections. Ever since its inception in 1819, the museum has been patronized by a steady flow of visitors. Housing an arsenal of about 1.3 million artifacts within its walls, the museum is not just a stirring window into England's rich history, but it is also a solemn testimony to the country's nuanced and rich cultural tenor. The extensive collection spans a wide range of topics including natural history, fine art, textiles and world cultures, creating an informative illustration of the evolution of the world. In addition to the museum's own permanent collection and an ever-changing array of temporary exhibitions adds a varied flavor to the usual displays.

Rossington Street, Millennium Square, Leeds, United Kingdom, LS2 8BH
Royal Armouries

Opened in 1996, the spectacular building, which is the home for the national collection of arms and armor, is situated in the rejuvenated waterfront area, just a five-minute walk from the city center. The Royal Armouries provides display case upon display case of guns and weaponry in five separately theme galleries covering War, Tournament, Self-Defense, Hunting and the arms and armor of the Orient. Dynamic live action displays, interactive demonstrations and thought-provoking historical interpretations guarantee an enjoyable and educational day out. If you can, visit in summer when you will see thrilling displays of jousting, falconry, and horsemanship, along with the opportunity to get up close to the animals in the Menagerie.

Armouries Drive, Clarence Dock, Leeds, United Kingdom, LS10 1LT
Yorkshire Sculpture Park

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is well worth a visit even though it is a 30 minute bus or taxi ride from Sheffield city center. It is set in the beautiful grounds of 18th-century Bretton Hall and includes some of the finest works of art in Britain. The rolling green parkland is home to a collection of mostly contemporary sculptures from Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and other younger and regional artists. Especially suitable for children is the Sculpture Trail, with its many smaller-scale sculptures of plants, animals, birds and insects. The Sculpture Park also offers many easy-going walks in the country park, as well as indoor galleries, a craft shop and cafe.

Beaumont Drive, West Bretton, Bretton Country Park, Wakefield, United Kingdom, WF4 4LG
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