New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

New Walk Museum

We have a wide ranging collections and displays from the natural to cultural world. Our galleries make a fun family day-out including Ancient Egypt, The Dinosaur Gallery and more.

Further information

Opening times

Days Open
Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm  
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm

Please note, the Victorian art gallery is closed during lunch time concerts.

Upper floor and car park closure

The upper floor of New Walk Museum is closed to visitors until summer 2017, for the installation of a new staircase and lift.

Visitors will not be able to access any of the upstairs galleries, including the World Art exhibition, Picasso Ceramics, Arts and Crafts and German Expressionist displays, while the works are taking place.

The main entrance is also closed, but visitors can still get access through the Lord Mayor’s entrance, in the car park.

The car park is closed apart from the disabled visitors parking (by prior arrangement). To reserve a disabled parking space, please call the museum on 0116 225 4900.

Brief history

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery originated in 1849 when the Literary and Philosophical Society formally presented to the town its various collections, which have grown and developed over the last 160 years into one of the premier museums in the region. The first floor galleries include the Arts and Crafts Gallery, Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection and Leicester's internationally renowned German Expressionist collection. The museum also offers a range of events from curator's talks to lunchtime concerts.

Visitor information

  • Free admission (small charge for certain activities on event days)
  • Gift shop
  • Costa Coffee
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • For Sat Nav directions to access our car park, please use: Princess Road West, LE1 6TP
  • The nearest major car park is the NCP situated on East Street, next to the Y Theatre
  • New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is approximately ten minutes walk from Leicester City Centre and Leicester train station and accessed along the pedestrianised New Walk. 


New Walk Museum and Art Gallery has full access for disabled visitors with a lift to the first floor galleries and an accessible toilet. Please note Gallery 6 has a small stage area for step access only. There is provision for two parking bays for Blue Badge holders in the museum car park. The museum also has available a wheelchair for loan during the visit to the museum (please contact the museum in advance to ensure availability).

VisitEngland quality assured visitor attraction

We are delighted to have received the Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction Marque. The Visit England Quality Rose Marque, only gets awarded to attractions that have been independently assessed against the national standards of the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme. For further information please visit the Visit England Website which is linked above.

Kids activity sheets

You can download these PDFs at the bottom of the page, they are for printing at home.

Wild Space Children’s Trail

The trail leads you around the exhibition, highlighting animals to look out for and things to do.

The Rutland Dinosaur activities

Fun and creative activity sheets to focus on the Rutland Dinosaur at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.

Contact us

Write to us: 53 New Walk, Leicester, LE1 7EA
Ring us: 0116 225 4900
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