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New Walk Museum, Leicester
(4.3/5 based on 500+ 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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  • I went there and i expect to see a normal museum but it was really good. There are three sections: *Dinosaurs *Wild animal/bird/sea life *Ancient Egypt I highly recommend this place to visit as there ...  more »
  • I accompanied my teacher daughter to see the dinosaur area prior to a school visit. It was very interesting and contains exhibits found from an area around Leicester. Did ask a question of one of the ...  more »
  • Interesting range of exhibits. Often have special events. Small well stocked shop. Family friendly. Nothing not to like! 
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  • This is a great museum it has Egyptian mummies, stuffed animals from all around the world and lots more. I went when Oliver Leger exhibition was on - stunning artwork. Friendly staff and a cafe. Entrance is free
  • If you like history then this is a great place to visit, beautiful building. The art gallery is fantastic with live performances (as advertised)
  • Great place for all the family. 3-4 hours max time there. Great that it's free too.
  • Worth a visit. Egyptian, fossil and taxidermy section. Aswell as a galary.
  • very interesting my grandchildren aged 2 and 5 both found it engaging but staff in coffee shop seemed to be too busy to serve people