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New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Opening Times | Directions | Access

Please note: Due to essential maintenance works the first floor galleries will be closed on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 February. Apologies for any inconvenience caused, please call the museum on 0116 225 4900 for more information.

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester's original museum has wide ranging collections and displays spanning the natural and cultural world.

A family friendly day-out, the galleries include Ancient Egypt, DinosaursWild Space, World Arts and a gallery for the under 5s, The Den and our Victorian Art Gallery featuring works from our fine art collection.

The first floor galleries include the Arts & Crafts GalleryPicasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection and Leicester's internationally renowned German Expressionist collection.

Our temporary exhibitions feature works from our collections, touring exhibitions from National Museums and a programme of contemporary art and craft exhibitions.

We are delighted to be hosting the prestigious Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) artist residency award. Danish-born artist Maria Zahle has undertaken the residency and commission during 2014.

The museum also offers a range of events from curator's talks to lunchtime concerts, visit our events pages to see What's On this month. Tours of the museum are also available for groups, please contact the museum for further details and availability.

The museum also offers a Gift Shop offering a range of exhibition merchandise and contemporary craft and design and Costa Coffee shop with free Wi-Fi available.

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery is also licensed for weddings, civil ceremonies, renewal of wedding vows and naming ceremonies and private hire. For more details of meetings and events hire, please download our brochure below.

New Walk Museum & 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.

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery has been the inspiration for many people including one of the world's most influential art dealers Anthony d'Offay and Lord Attenborough and Sir David Attenborough, who pursued their love of art and natural history as a result of spending their formative years as regular visitors to the museum.

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Visitor Information:

Opening Times:

Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm


Free admission (small charge for certain activities on event days).


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New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
53 New Walk
Leicester LE1 7EA

For Sat Nav directions to access our car park, please use:

Princess Road West, LE1 6TP.


Telephone: +44 (0)116 225 4900


Visiting/directions to the museum:
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery is approximately ten minutes walk from Leicester City Centre and Leicester train station and accessed along the pedestrianised New Walk.

There is a small car park situated next to the museum including two parking bays for Blue Badge holders, though due to demand, availability of parking cannot be guaranteed, particularly on event or concert occasions. On street pay and display parking is also available at the back of the museum.

Sat Nav directions:
For Sat Nav directions to access our car park, please use:
Princess Road West, LE1 6TP.

Download a Leicester City Centre at the foot of this page.

The nearest major car park is the NCP situated on East Street, next to the Y Theatre.

For more details including local bus information please visit Google Maps.

To plan your journey to Leicester please visit Leicester travel pages.


New Walk Museum & Art Gallery has full access for disabled visitors with a lift to the first floor galleries and a 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).

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Visit England quality marque
VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction

We are delighted to have received the VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction Marque.

The VisitEngland Quality Rose Marque only gets awarded to attractions that have been independently assessed against the national standards of the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme.

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