New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is situated within the historic New Walk area of the city. In 1849 the Literary and Philosophical Society formally presented to the town its various collections, which have grown and developed over the last 150 years into one of the premier museums in the region. New Walk Museum has been the inspiration for many people including Lord Attenborough and Sir David Attenborough, who pursued their love of art and natural history as a result of spending their formative years as regular visitors to the galleries. Leicester's oldest museum has wide-ranging collections spanning the natural and cultural world. Admission is free.
Opening in 2005, a new decorative arts gallery will provide insights into the vast range of human creativity and skill which has gone into making and decorating objects across the world. The main focus will be the museum's world culture and decorative arts collections and will also include a range of material loaned through our partnership with The British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum.
Gallery Nine provides a space for communities to work together with the museum to present their own exhibitions and tell their own stories. Past community exhibitions have included 'A Taste of Leicester', looking at the development of Asian food in the city, 'Colours of Islam' looking at the lives of Muslims in Leicester.
Leicester City Museums are an outreach partner in the Plant Cultures project.
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