Days out in Yorkshire: Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum.

Leeds City Museum.

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If the Leeds Tiger itself doesn’t pull you in to visit the Leeds City Museum, then the four floors of fantastic interactive galleries certainly will.

The best way to make the most of the museum is to start on the third floor and work your way down.

The Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greeks and Romans greet you first. You’ll be surrounded by jewellery, coins, pottery and lots of other old Egyptian treasures.

Don’t miss the chance to find out all about the afterlife and the Egyptian method of preserving your body by mummification – an interesting alternative to anti-wrinkle cream.

Take the spiral staircase to the second floor and you’ll reach the Leeds Arena. You’ll find out a lot of facts you didn’t know about the city; Leeds’ famous faces past and present are displayed everywhere, you will definitely recognise a few.

Take a trip to see Victorian Leeds and learn all about how schools were different; if you turned up to school dirty, your teacher would wash you in front of the whole school – wait and see your kids’ reaction to that.

The second floor also offers a fantastic play area called Toddler Town which is set out like a real Victorian house.

Take a fast trip to the other side of the world, via the first floor, to the World View room which offers some authentic artefacts like unique jewellery and some unusual objects from around the globe. You can dress up in some traditional African clothes - don’t forget your camera!

There’s also the gift shop, stocking some weird but wonderful souvenirs there.

Before you go, you have to see the museum’s top attraction on the lower ground floor. The Bengal Tiger display is definitely a must-see. The Tiger was rumoured to be a man eater; shot for its presence near a village in India. In the 19th century, it was presented to the museum as a Tiger skin rug. It was then combined with several other Tiger skins and stuffed with straw to create what is now the beloved Leeds Tiger.

Leeds City Museum offers a journey to the past and a fun, free day out for the whole family.

FACTFILE

Price: Free admission

Opening Times: Closed Mon, open Tue to Sun from 10am to 5pm. (See

website for more details.)

Address: Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH

Car Parking: Metered street parking is available nearby and a secure car park is

located in The Light shopping complex, 5 minutes from the museum.

Attraction Website: www.leedsmuseum.co.uk

Telephone: 0113 2243732

Sat Nav: LS1 8TL

For more information visit: www.yorkshire.com

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