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“Interactive and free!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA , England
+44 116 225 4900
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Ranked #18 of 143 things to do in Leicester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester's original museum has wide ranging collections and displays spanning the natural and cultural world. Located on the historic New Walk, our temporary exhibitions feature works from our collections, touring exhibitions from National Museums and a programme of contemporary art and craft exhibitions. A family friendly day-out, the galleries include Ancient Egypt, Dinosaurs, Wild Space, World Arts and a gallery for the under 5s, The Den. The first floor galleries include displays of Modern Art and Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection. The museum offers a range of events from curator's talks to lunchtime concerts, visit our events pages to see What's On this month. 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.
Darlington, United Kingdom
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“Interactive and free!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

A number of people recommended the New Walk Museum as suitable for the family. These days, we have to try to keep costs down so a free museum sounded too good to be true. But this place is charming - apparently it has changed a great deal over the years but the Wild Zone area is fantastic, really interactive - in fact the kids could even crawl under and into the 'areas'. There are microscopes for kids to use, plus lots of little boxes to open - they loved it. Some of the stuffed animals looked a little war-torn and tired, but apparently they have been in the musuem for at least 30 years so it isn't surprising. The dinosaur section was excellent, too. Unfortunately the Egyptian section was closed for renovation but there was still plenty to do.

As others have said, the cafe is pricey for what it is, but the gift shop is one of the best I've been in.

There was a DNA temporary exhibition upstairs which was very promising, but hugely over-reliant on computer exhibits; a good third of which weren't working (with no sign to say so) leading to a fair bit of disappointment for the kids (and me, to be honest).

But all in all a great free day out.

Visited March 2013
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“wide variety of exhibits for all ages”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Terrific exhibitions including Picasso ceramics, Egyptian mummies, the discovery of DNA, stuffed animals (polar bear, giraffe's head and neck and antelope among many). Nice cafe too.

Visited February 2013
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant for children and free!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

This museum is free and keeps children entertained for hours! It's very hands-on. I am an adult and have been coming to this museum for nearly 20 years and STILL find it interesting.

Visited January 2013
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“brilliant for kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

new Eygpt and science bit kept them enteratained for ages.. cafe nice but a little expensive when you have 4 kiddies with you.

Visited October 2012
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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“good visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

loved the picasso pottery collection and the german art display was really interesting.
We didnt have any with us, but there seemed to be loads to do for children.

Visited March 2013
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