Offering one of the city’s most fascinating days out, the museum holds artefacts spanning the last 500 million years, with a focus on the history of Leeds and
Children are spoiled for choice in Leeds when it comes to fun and educational day trips. Leeds City Museum in Millennium Square wonderfully captures young imaginations with interactive exhibits and a broad look at the significant chapters of history from the last 500 million years. That’s not to say that adults won’t enjoy spending time in the ornate Victorian building; there’s plenty to do and learn for all ages, and most grown-ups will find themselves brought to the same level of fascination as their kids when faced with artefacts from the Roman Empire or exceptionally well preserved examples of Egyptian mummification.
A highlight from the many exhibitions includes an area dedicated to finding out how Leeds has been shaped by its landscape and its people, from pre-historic times to the modern day, with objects including Bronze Age jet beads, an Iron Age pipe made from a sheep’s leg bone, the Castleford milestone, Roman objects from Adel and Dalton Parlours, and fragments of the Anglo-Scandinavian cross from Leeds Parish Church.
The whole museum is free to enter, and public transport is advised, especially at the weekend when parking is problematic. Allow one to two hours to fully appreciate every exhibition, plus a little longer if there’s going to be pocket money spent in the gift shop. The museum also has a coffee shop which serves good-quality snacks, sandwiches, soup and cake, and there are plenty of staff on hand to look after visitors.
The museum’s calendar regularly includes special events geared towards littlies, such as storytime and play clubs, while big-budget exhibits such as Life on Earth allow children to get hands-on – in this case digging for fossils, catching ants and touching a real snakeskin in a rainforest room surrounded by calling birds and snarling leopards.
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