Leeds recommends: Best local museums

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With the summer holidays approaching, we asked the #Leedsrecommends community to suggest the best museums in the city and the region for a fun and educational day out for all the family.

Michael Chappell. Thackray Medical Museum - I’m a volunteer there.

Louise A Humphreys. My kids love Thackray! Definitely will be visiting in the holidays.

Paul Bentley. Abbey House Museum, opposite Kirkstall Abbey.

Phil Jones. The National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield.

Carl Ryan. Royal Armouries.

Pauline Toye. Bradford’s Industrial Museum is brilliant.

Wendy Longley. Abbey House, the grandkids love it.

Janis Wright. Horsforth Village Museum, where they are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Ged Graham. Leeds City Museum - convenient and a great variety of stuff to see. Lots of good activities for children and they run adult workshops and classes too.

Jennifer Gadd. I like the Industrial Museum at Armley Mills. It’s a good insight into the city’s past, and there is also the novelty of the 1920s cinema, which regularly shows vintage films.

Adam Ford. I know a lot of parents avoid taking young kids to the Thackray Museum because some of the displays are scary, but there are actually special areas and activities for little ones.

Alice Richardson. Thwaite Mills Watermill Museum is a bit of a hidden gem but is great for families. You can see how a watermill works and the waterwheels are still in action.

Jonny Blagden. A trip to Eureka at Halifax is a must, it’s a brilliant place with so much to do. It’s educational too and kids will learn a lot.

Susan Rainey. Abbey House is a lovely place to visit and the museum about Victorian life is fascinating. The recreated streets are very good.

Mike Chitchester. Ilkley Toy Museum - it will appeal to adults just as much as kids because you can see the toys from your childhood on display! It’s only open at weekends though.

Tim Swain. The Moravian Museum in Fulneck is worth a visit if you’re interested in the history of the village. The Victorian fire engine is a must-see.

John Roe. If you like trains then the National Railway Museum is the obvious place to go, but there’s also a good collection of locos at the Middleton Railway Museum in Hunslet. Smaller but still interesting!

Edith Jessop. I live near Otley, so Otley Museum is my choice for the history of the town.

Matthew Youngs. Salts Mill at Saltaire - the building itself is magnificent and the David Hockney paintings inside are the main draw. There are a lot of other displays about Salt and the village.

Michaela Sheard. In Kirklees, there are a lot of historic houses turned into museums that are worth visiting. Dewsbury Museum, Red House at Gomersal, Oakwell Hall at Birstall and the Bagshaw in Batley are all good.