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New Walk Museum, Leicester

Categories: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
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4.3/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web
The New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is a museum on New Walk in Leicester, England, not far from the city centre. The original building was designed by Joseph Hansom, designer of the hansom cab. Two dinosaur skeletons are permanently installed in the museum — a cetiosaur found in Rutland (affectionately named George), and a plesiosaur from Barrow upon Soar. Other permanent exhibits include an Egyptian area, minerals of Leicestershire, the first Charnia fossil identified nearby, and a wildspace area featuring stuffed animals from around the world.The museum opened in 1849 as one of the first public museums established within the United KingdomIn September 2011, the New Walk Museum expanded its Dinosaur Gallery, reorganizing fossils, adding a new room, and modifying the gallery itself. The opening of the new Dinosaur Gallery was launched by David Attenborough. The "star attractions" of the new gallery include the aforementioned Rutland cetiosaur, Charnia and plesiosaur fossils, as well as a Leedsichthys fossil and a piece of the Barwell Meteorite. The new gallery predominantly features on extinct marine reptiles.
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  • This was a real treasure we found this walking from the station ton the city centre and decided to go in as it was free to the public we had travelled up from London to visit a friend. There is much m...  read more »
  • Didn't go upstairs so can't comment on that , grandson was interested in the dinosaurs , enjoyed the Egyptian exhibits. Cafe 10/10 
  • A real find! We made the trip to Leicester to see the German expressionists, which were great, but there is much more too, and it's all free! The dinosaurs were awesome - almost don't need to go to Lo...  read more »
  • A free museum with a good range of exhibits for the kids to see. Well worth a visit or two!
  • Doesn't change often, but has highly informative and fun displays for every member of every family.
  • My children enjoyed exploring the museum and find out new things !!
  • Nice museum with friendly staff and good displays.
  • Always fun to see the dinosaur Skeletons, and the kids also love looking through the microscopes at the rocks and crystals :)
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