As far as I’m concerned, museums are all about lighting.
Content is vital, sure, but if something’s dramatically and moodily lit, it makes for a more special experience.
Leeds City Museum has both the lighting and the content covered – and the café makes a mean flat white too.
Overlooking the famous Millennium Square, the museum is a place where you could get lost simply on your own or with the family.
Everything’s directly relevant to Leeds, but don’t be mistaken for thinking it’s a dry, dull walk though yesteryear. Far from it.
Galleries chart the city’s past and development, but also goes way, way back in time.
The Ancient Worlds gallery – again all dramatically lit – features an actual mummy which you can see up close in its sarcophagus alongside Greek and Roman artefacts.
The Life on Earth gallery is a must too, filled with stunning examples of our planet plus preserved animals that still appear to look you right in the eye.
Work your way through bears, fish and even the famous Leeds Tiger.
No visit is complete without a trip to the giant Leeds Arena which shows a large scale view of the city mapped across the room’s floor.
It’s hard not to instantly look for your street. Kids love it as it makes them feel a bit like they’re flying and also good for games.
The café’s good, with friendly staff and decent range of cakes and brews.
Opening Times: Daily except Monday (see website)
Address: Millennium Square, Leeds
Car Parking: City centre paid for
Attraction Website: www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries
Telephone: 0113 224 3732
Sat Nav: LS2 8BH
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