Leeds City Museum: Leeds

We recently visited Leeds City Museum with our children for the first time and were amazed at how child-friendly a museum it really is! It far exceeded our expectations and, in my opinion, is the perfect place for families with children of all ages, but a particularly great place to take the under 5s on a week day during term time, or at the weekend.

Toddler Town, located within The Leeds Story Exhibition, is brilliant! It’s like a mini nursery school setting and is a fantastic touch – not something that we were expecting to find.


The For All Seasons Exhibition explores how the world around us changes with the seasons. Our children loved this exhibition, but it only runs until 28 August 2017, so if you haven’t visited yet, make sure that you do before the summer is over. There is so much to do, as you can see from the photos below.


Located within the Life on Earth Exhibition is a great little craft zone, where children can sit and colour in.

Leeds City Museum (Shipley Mums)

A soft play facility is also available in The Leeds Arena. It’s small, but a fantastic addition.


We ate a delicious lunch at the café located on the lower ground floor of the museum. It’s a huge, extremely child-friendly café with a range of seating options.


When:  Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-5pm (open on bank holidays)

Where: Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH

Cost:     Free

Extra Info: Regular family-friendly events include:

  • Rory’s Tiger Club – A free weekly family craft session on Saturday mornings from 11am-12.15pm
  • Tiny Tigers – A free weekly craft session for the under 5s on Friday mornings from 10-11.45am
  • Other regularly scheduled activities and events include: Multi-Sensory Mornings, the Calm Sensory Room, Baby-friendly Curator Talks, Mini Maestros and Sign and Sign.
  • Free crafty, playful activities for children and adults from Tuesday- Friday during the Leeds school holidays.

Contact Details: Please telephone 0113 3785001, email city.museum@leeds.gov.uk or visit the website for more information.


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