Leeds is one of England’s most culturally rich cities. Vibrant, modern, sporty and naturally beautiful, the museums in the city are a gateway to understanding the history and culture of the city. Each unique museum in Leeds is a treasure trove: antiques, military paraphernalia, art and what not. If you find yourself in the city for the ICC Cricket World Cup, don’t forget to go around the various museums here.
The Royal Armouries
With over 8,500 artefacts from the national collection of arms and armour, The Royal Armouries, is the most-visited museum in Leeds. The museum is divided into six-themed galleries, including war, hunting and peace. Don’t forget to visit the Hall of Steel, an eye-catching tower made of glass and steel that displays over 2,500 exhibits, ranging from canons to spears. The armours on display also include royal armours, swords and helmets through the centuries.
Leeds City Museum
As far as the best attractions go, the Leeds City Museum tops the list. This museum is known for its odd collections: an Egyptian mummy that survived the 1924 bombings in the city, the Leeds Tiger, the Heavy-footed Moa and so much more. A whole gallery is dedicated to the city’s history, right from the Iron Age. There are also sections on Asian culture, the ancient world and life on earth. Prepare to be amazed as you set foot inside.
Thackray Medical Museum
No, it is no connection to the political party in Maharashtra in case you were wondering. The museum was started as a shop by a chemist called Charles Thackray in 1902. His grandson Paul established the museum later to let the public know and understand the story of medicine. There are a ton of exciting exhibits (there are sounds and smells too) ranging from Victorian streets to the realities of surgery, medicines and child birth.
Ilkley Toy Museum
Not the most popular tourist attraction but a visit to the Ilkley Toy Museum will take you back to your childhood. Located near Leeds in Ilkley, there are toys on display here from 350 BCE to present times. After all, this museum has the finest toy collection in northern England. Remember the race car you misplaced in your childhood days? Who knows, you just might find it on display here!