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“Interesting insight to Leeds” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum
Millennium Square | Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 8BH , England
+44 113 224 3732
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Ranked #46 of 260 things to do in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Leeds City Museum offers an exciting, fun and interactive day out for all the family. There are six galleries for you to visit as well as a changing programme of family friendly exhibitions, please see our website for our latest exhibitions.Come and find the Leeds Tiger in the Life on Earth Gallery or get interactive by camouflaging yourself. Discover the mummy of Nesyammun in the Ancient Worlds Gallery or try a game of Greek Gods and Goddesses Top Trumps. Explore the history of Leeds in the Leeds Story Gallery, from the first archaeological finds to changing community displays reflecting people’s lives in the city today. Investigate the varied collections of Leeds Museums and Galleries in the Collectors Cabinet Gallery. Find out more about world cultures in the World View Gallery, which has a new theme for 2014 of the Voices of Asia. All that in one building!
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“Interesting insight to Leeds”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This was interesting but quite small. Several exhibits were broken or had bits missing.
More geared to children than adults and probably just the right size so they don't get fed up.

Visited October 2013
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“for children not so much for adults”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

The museum is located near the city centre. It is average size. It has some good displays. However there are some problems: it is focused on children and schoolkids not so much on adults. Secondly, there were lots of displays that were not working or were not working properly. And thirdly, it is organized in a very strange way so after a visit you feel like there is no focus (you feel like there is no order and everything is mixed up).
I have expected more about Leeds history, and less about the mummies and ancient world.
When I visited the museum, it was Sunday and the staff was eager to get home.
But the entry is free, and it has indeed some good displays so I would recommend it anyhow. Just if you don`t have kids, don`t expect much of it.

Visited August 2013
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“Excellent and well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

I have been a number of times to the city museum and was blown away on each occasion. Split over 4 floors the detail and amount of information to digest is brilliant. Lots of displays and things for the younger age groups to do. Free entry as well means there is no excuse for coming to this great museum

Visited August 2013
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“Reasonable free activity for a rainy day”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

I wasnt bowled over by the museum unlike previous reviewers, however as a free attraction with an educational value it was a good way to pass an hour or so on a rainy day. There were several exhibitions, including an ancient world one and a story of leeds, so there was some variey, although I felt that this gave it a lack of focus - just a personal opinion. They did however guve lots of concise and interesting insights into topics - the Leeds one covered a broad range of aspects and had lots of displays. I imagine this place would be good for kids and school trips as there were quite a lot of interactive displays/activities and also a toddlers play area. The museum certainly wasnt the best free museum iv ever been to, however it was a pleasant trip to pass the time

Visited September 2013
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“Great freebie”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We visited Leeds city museum yesterday, it is located in the city centre itself on Millennium square. Admission is free but there are donation boxes if you wish to donate. There are 4 different floors to visit and different exhibitions on each floor.

On the top floor you can learn about the Ancient Worlds, this includes the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. There are interactive displays which my kids enjoyed playing with, they could build there own temple, decipherer codes, player top trumps on the computer with the gods of the ancient world, create there name in ancient Greek to name a few. Also there is Nesyamun the Leeds Mummy, you can actually view the real life mummy up close, although it could perhaps be a little scary for younger children.

This floor also contains special exhibitions that changes, currently it was through the magic mirror all about Anthony Browne’s picture books. This had rooms from his picture books made up, also the kids could draw there own picture, as well as looking at his artwork too but this changes.

There were 3 other floor to explore too with lots to see and do. Highlights from the Museum that my kids enjoyed most were the Leeds tiger, which is located in the basement along with many other stuff animals. Also my kids loved learning African drumming there was a tutorial video and drum for them to play on.

This is great place to take the kids for a couple of hours of free entertainment and the bonus of it been educational too.

Visited September 2013
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