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. The museum has a coffee shop, and is also a venue for musical performances and weddings.
Wild Space is an exciting exhibition that investigates what we mean by the word 'biodiversity'. By looking at different species and the habitats in which they live we can see how vital they are to the well-being of the planet. Wild Space is a 'hands on' exhibition that brings you up close to the amazing world of nature. Visitors can travel through the Antarctic and the Arctic, marvel at our undersea life, take a trip to the African savannah, stroll through the rainforest and finish in the parched desert. Discover the miniature world of insects under video microscopes; explore tunnels that provide a glimpse of life underground and come face-to-face with live insects and spiders that bring the exhibition 'alive'. Wild Space is interactive, hands-on, exciting and fun - an exhibition that allows the body as well as the imagination to 'run wild'.
The Mighty Dinosaurs
Walk in the footprints of giants and discover the awesome power of these fascinating creatures and their sea going cousins the plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs. Watch out for the mighty Rutland Dinosaur and the 'Barrow Kipper'.
Leicestershire stands over rocks of many different ages and types, some of which are 600 million years old. Discover Leicestershire's rocks and explore a wide variety of fossils and minerals of wondrous colours and qualities.
Step back in time and explore a civilisation that has lasted for 3,000 years. Come face to face with ancient Egyptians and find out how they lived and died. Mummies, coffins, gods and treasures greet you in the darkened corners of the tunnels. Interactive displays let you guide your discoveries.
The Art Galleries
The new permanent collections galleries entitled 'Our World Through Art' showcases the brightest and best from the collections while the smaller 'Focus' gallery looking in more detail at specific collections, artists and themes in art..
'Expressionism and Beyond' is the new permanent gallery dedicated to showing Leicester's internationally outstanding collection of 20th century German art. The gallery explores the groundbreaking ideas behind Expressionism, showing how these artists perceived the world through heightened colour and inner emotions.
The new thematic art gallery will host a rolling programme of exhibitions exploring different aspects of art. The first of these themed exhibitions is entitled 'The Captured Image: Changing Faces, Changing Lives'. The exhibition shows how portraits can reveal changing aspects of cultural identity and are a lasting record of our place in the world
The new World Arts gallery provides insights into the vast range of human creativity and skill which has gone into making and decorating objects across the world.