Six galleries and a programme of family friendly exhibitions in the heart of Leeds.

Fast x Slow Fashion


Intricately detailed cloth with the corner of a black and white photograph of two women wearing period clothing

Exploring the relationship between clothes shopping and people in Leeds, from 1720 to the present day.

Discover how clothes shops have changed, and how people have sought alternative ways to consume fashion.

Long-finned Pilot Whale

The skeleton of our 152-year-old long-finned pilot whale is now on display at Leeds City Museum.

We have affectionately named him Swale (Yorkshire slang for ‘it’s a whale’) and you can now visit him outside the Life on Earth gallery. Come along to see him, discover his grizzly past and find out more about what we can do to protect our oceans.

This project has been funded with the help of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

A young visitor moving bones of a pilot whale skeleton
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