List of museums in Leicestershire

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This list of museums in Leicestershire, England contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.


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Abbey Pumping Station Abbey Pumping station.JPG Leicester TechnologyScience and technology museum, housed in a Victorian sewage pumping station with beam engines restored to working order, and exhibitions on light and optics, historic transport and public health, including an 'interactive toilet'.
Ashby de la Zouch Museum Ashby-de-la-Zouch Local website, local history, culture
Belgrave Hall Belgrave Hall, Leicester.JPG Leicester Historic houseVictorian period house showing the contrasting lifestyles of an upper-middle-class family and domestic servants
Belvoir Castle Belvoir Castle Leicestershire.jpg Grantham Historic houseCastle with gardens
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park Bosworth Battlefield - - 7934.jpg Sutton Cheney MilitaryHistory of the 1485 Battle of Bosworth during the War of the Roses, and the search for the site of the battle.
Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome Aircraft Museum Close up of line up at Bruntingthorpe (10903969046).jpg Bruntingthorpe AviationCold War jet collection

Currently Closed.

Charnwood Museum Museum photo.jpg Loughborough LocalArea history, geology, archaeology and industries
Castle Donington Museum The Stone House - - 1437338.jpg Castle Donington Local website, local history
Conkers Conkers Discovery Centre - - 89395.jpg Moira Natural history website, nature, woodlands, visitor center of The National Forest
Donington Grand Prix Exhibition Donington McLaren Hall 2.jpg Castle Donington AutomobileBased at the Donington Park motor racing circuit, focus is Grand Prix and Formula One race cars
Donington le Heath Manor House Museum Donington manor house.jpg Coalville Historic house16th century medieval period house
De Montfort University Heritage Centre Newarke church arches DMU heritage centre, Leicester.JPG LeicesterEducation & MedievalHoused in the Hawthorne Building, it covers the history of The Newarke & Church of the Annunciation, Trinity Hospital building, DMU History and special exhibitions [1]
East Midlands Aeropark NEMAaeropark.jpg Castle Donington AviationIncludes complete airframes on external display, engines, aircraft components, photographs
Foxton Canal Museum Foxtonlocks-bottom.jpg Foxton TransportationHistory of the Foxton Locks, lives of the canal workers and other aspects of the local canal
Fleckney Museum Fleckney Local website, local history
Guru Nanak Sikh Museum Leicester Religious website, Sikh art, history, culture
Hallaton Museum Hallaton Local website, local history
Harborough Museum Hallaton helmet exhibition.jpg Harborough LocalLocal history, culture, industry, Hallaton Treasure
Hinckley and District Museum Hinckley Town Museum - - 403498.jpg Hinckley Local website, local history, framework knitter`s cottage with 1740s knitting frame.
Jewry Wall Museum View through Jewry Wall.jpg Leicester ArchaeologyAlongside Jewry Wall and site of Roman baths. The museum houses Roman mosaics and artifacts alongside archaeological material from prehistoric to medieval Leicester, including the history of archaeology in Leicester. [2]
John Taylor & Co Taylor's Bell Foundry - - 2734508.jpg Loughborough MusicCollection of bells used in clock towers, change ringing peals, chimes, and carillons
Kegworth Museum Kegworth Locallocal history. [3]
King Richard III: Dynasty, Death and Discovery Dynasty Death and Discovery, Richard III museum entrance.png LeicesterArchaeologyVisitor Centre at the Greyfriars burial site, with exhibitions on the life and death of Richard III and the archaeological investigation on his remains. [4]
Leicester City Fire Brigade Museum Leicester Firefighting website, open by appointment, collection of fire vehicles, equipment
Leicester Guildhall Leicester Guildhall.jpg Leicester MedievalMedieval half-timbered building with Victorian prison cells, and since 2015, galleries on Medieval Leicester [5]
Loughborough Carillon & War Memorial Loughborough Carillon - - 3930.jpg Loughborough MilitaryWorld War I memorial, carillon, military museum
Loughborough Central Station Loughborough central.jpg Loughborough Railway1950s period station museum on the Great Central Railway heritage railroad
Lutterworth Museum Lutterworth Local website, local history, Sir Frank Whittle display
Measham Museum Measham station, Leicestershire - - 61261.jpg Measham Local website. Local history. Since 2009 it is housed in part of the disused railway station.
Melton Carnegie Museum Melton Mowbray Museum.JPG Melton Mowbray LocalLocal history and culture, including area Stilton cheese and pork pies. Museum in 1977, in former Andrew Carnegie Library.
Moira Furnace MoiraFurnace01.jpg Moira Industry19th century iron-making blast furnace
National Gas Museum Leicester GasMuseumMay2010.JPG Leicester IndustryGas industry museum, on production and supply of gas, and gas related artifacts and domestic appliances.
National Space Centre National Space Centre, Leicester.jpg Leicester ScienceSpace science and astronomy
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery New Walk Museum Leicester 2.JPG Leicester MultipleDinosaurs, geology, art, Ancient Egypt, natural history, world art
Newarke Houses Museum Newarke Houses Museum Leicester.jpg Leicester MultipleLocal history, room settings from the 17th century and the 1950s and 70s, toys, history of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment, period street scene
Old Rectory Museum Loughborough Local website, operated by the Loughborough Archaeological and Historical Society
Rockingham Castle Rockingham Castle entrance.jpg Market Harborough Historic houseAlso listed under Northamptonshire, former royal castle and hunting lodge with gardens
Shackerstone Railwayana Museum Shackerstone Station.jpg Shackerstone RailwayStation and museum for the Battlefield Line Railway
Sir John Moore Heritage Centre Appleby Magna Education website, 1891 Victorian life in the then Sir John Moore Church of England School
Stanford Hall Stanford Hall, Lutterworth.jpg Lutterworth Historic houseWilliam and Mary period house
Stonehurst Family Farm and Motor Museum Mountsorrel MultipleFamily farm and automobile museum
Stoneywell Stoneywell, Leicestershire.jpg Ulverscroft Historic houseOperated by the National Trust, summer home designed in the Arts and Crafts style by Ernest Gimson
Swannington Hough Mill Hough Mill, Swannington.jpg Swannington MillOperated by Swannington Heritage Trust
Wigston Framework Knitters Museum Wigston Framework Knitters' Museum, Bushloe End - - 168309.jpg Wigston Magna Industry website, workshop with stocking frame equipment, hand frames for making gloves, mitts and fancy ribbed tops for golf hose
William Carey Museum Leicester Baptist Church.jpg Leicester Biographical website, located at the Central Baptist Church, life and works of pioneer missionary William Carey

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