There are many museums throughout Leicestershire and Rutland. To make it easier to find what you are looking for, we have split the list into the various districts.
For more information about any museum, contact the museum, or your local tourist information centre.
Please click on the district in which you are looking for a museum.
Charnwood Museum, Loughborough
The charnwood museum contains information about rural leicestershire, Charnwood and Loughborough, including hands on activities. It is located on Granby Street in Loughborough.
Bradgate Park Visitor Centre, Cropston
Located near Cropston Reservoir in a renovated barn, the visitor centre is only a short walk through Bradgate park from the Cropston Car Park. It has information about the house, park and reservoir.
The Bell Foundry Museum, Loughborough
John Taylors Bell Foundry is the World's Largest working bellfoundry. There is a museum about the casting, tuning an installing of bells, with a shop. Tours of the foundry are available by advanced booking. The bell foundry is located on Freehold Street in Loughborough. For information about tours, telephone (01509) 233414.
The Old Rectory Museum, Loughborough
The Old Rectory, off Bridge Street in Loughborough, is a rare stone-built 13th century manor house. It is a Museum of Local Archeological finds, Victorian lace making and various other exhibitions. It is open on Saturdays from April to October, 10am till 4pm. Admission is free.
Many of the museums in the city, but not all, are owned by Leicester Museums. Please visit their website for more information about any of them. Unless otherwise stated, museums are owned by Leicester Museums, and entry is free. The main exception is the National Space Centre. For information about how to find the museums (except the NSC), please visit Leicester Museums "How to find us" section.
Leicester Museum and Art Gallery
Otherwise known as the New Walk Museum, this former school houses displays about Leicestershire's Wildlife, Egyption Mummies, Natural History and more. There is also a large Art Gallery.
The New Walk Museum is located on New Walk, shortly before the Waterloo Way Bridge.
Jewry Wall Museum
This museum is about Leicester's history from prehistoric times, through celts, romans, vikings, Normans and into Tudor times. It is on the Jewry wall site, Leicester's ancient Roman Baths, where the remains are still visible above ground.
The Jewry Wall museum is located on St Nicholas Circle, in the city centre.
Newarke Houses Museum
Set in a row of 3 old houses, this museum begins like a walk around any stately home, looking around the rooms. Then you proceed to the Royal Tigers museum and then to the ancient street. There is a reconstruction of a Leicester street, containing shop windows as they were in years gone by.
The newarke houses museum is located on the Newarke, next to castle street, near to the southfields underpass.
This is the late 15th century Town Hall of Leicester, used for this purpose until the mid 19th century. Part of the building dates back to the 13th century. The building houses the 17th century town library, and visitors can also see the Great Hall, the Mayors Parlour, and the Victorian cells.
The Guildhall is located on Guildhall Lane, in the city.
Abbey Pumping Station
The Abbey Pumping station is a former Victorian sewage pumping station, where visitors can see the Gimson beam engines working, and find out all about sewage disposal, in the "Flushed with pride" exhibition. There is also a collection of historic vehicles.
The Abbey Pumping Station is located at the end of Corporation Road, in the Abbey Meadows area of the city, next to the National Space Centre.
Belgrave Hall allows the visitor the chance to re-discover the contrasting lifestyles of an upper middle class family and domestic servants in the Georgian and Victorian room settings, scullery and walled botanic garden. The Hall still retains its original stable yard, and has an extensive collection of arts and craft furniture made by Ernest Gimson and Ernest Barnsley, the cornerstone of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The house is also said to be haunted, and the ghost has even been captured on video
Belgrave hall is
located on Church Road in Old Belgrave, just off the Thurcaston Road.
The National Space Centre
The NSC opened in Spring 2001, on the site of the former sewage works. It is the UK's main space attraction. Although the NSC is not greatly linked to the city's history, Leicester University does a lot of space research. This is not owned by Leicester Museums. For price and times, please visit their website.
The NSC is well signposted throughout the city. It is situated on Exploration Drive, just off Corporation Road, in the Abbey Meadows area of the city, next to the Abbey Pumping Station.
The Harborough Museum is a museum dedicated to the history of Market Harborough and the surrounding settlements.
The Museum is located on the first floor of the council offices.
Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre
This visitor centre is on the edge of Bosworth Battlefield. It has weapons from the battle as well as models and audio-visual displays about the battle.
The entrance to the visitor centre is on Ambion Lane, between
Sutton Cheney and Shenton. There is a small admission charge
to the visitor centre, but access to the battlefield is free.
The Melton Carnegie Museum
This local museum is located on Thorpe End in Melton Mowbray, and contains displays about the history of the region.
Admission is free, and the museum is open Mon-Sat, 10am - 5am.
This small museum is about the local history of the Measham area. It is located next to the council office, in the village centre. It is only open on certain days, so check that it is open before you go.
Snibston Discovery Park
Snibston Discovery Park is on the site of the old Snibston Colliery. It contains hands on science activities, Transport, Industry and Hosiery galleries, A Cafe, Shop and tours of the mine works.
Wigston Framework Knitters Museum
The Wigston Framework Knitters Museum is situated in an 18th century knitters house on Bushloe End in Wigston. The workshop, with original frames, is open to the public, who can actually knit on the frame. There is also a Victorian cottage garden. For information about opening times and admission prices, please phone the museum, on 0116 288 3396.
Normanton Church Museum
The museum is set in the church at the Normanton Car Park of Rutland Water, and tells the story of the creation and wildlife of Rutland Water.
The Church is on the Shore of Rutland Water, just east of the Normanton Car Park.
Whilst we make every effort to ensure that all information is correct, we cannot be perfectly sure. We advise that you check opening times before travelling. If you know of an error in our information, please contact us. More information will be added/updated soon, so please return soon.