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

Mods: Shaping a Generation exhibition (13 April to 30 June)

The Mods: Shaping a Generation exhibition aims to tell the story of the 1960’s Mod scene in Leicester and Nottingham. The exhibition will look into how they were connected with focus on social, financial and the creative freedom through exclusive first-hand eye witness accounts, archive material and images.

Opening times

Days Open
Monday 11am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 11am - 4.30pm
Wednesday 11am - 4.30pm
Thursday 11am - 4.30pm
Friday 11am - 4.30pm
Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm

*Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

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

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 170 years into one of the premier museums in the region. On the ground floor of the museum, visitors can enjoy galleries including Dinosaurs, Wild Space, The Den gallery for the under 5s, the Victorian art gallery, Arts and Crafts gallery, Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection and modern and contemporary art displays. The first floor galleries include Life and Death in Ancient Egypt, World Arts and Leicester's internationally renowned collection of German Expressionism. The museum also offers a range of temporary exhibitions and events from children’s craft activities 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
  • Changing places toilet.


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). The museum offers a changing places toilet facility, a height-adjustable adult-sized changing bench, a ceiling track hoist, and plenty of space for carers.

Visit England 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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