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Wakefield Museum

Wakefield Museum, Wakefield One, Burton Street
Wakefield WF1 2EB

wakefield.gov.uk

Wakefield Museum is a stimulating and vibrant part of the new and prestigious Wakefield One building in the heart of Wakefield. Discover the extraordinary, the oldest, the first, and the one and only in the Welcome to Wakefield display. See our local cultural treasures and learn surprising facts about the city. Explore the history of Wakefield in the Main Gallery and hear stories of wealth and power, hardship and hope, love and war, and passion and belief through the eyes of the people involved in shaping the city.

Tolson Museum

Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Rd
Huddersfield HD5 8DJ

kirklees.gov.uk

The history book of a typical Yorkshire town, Tolson Museum draws a vivid and intriguing picture of Huddersfield and its people, from the prehistoric to the present. Each layer of Huddersfield's past is revealed in its exciting displays.

Thwaite Mills Watermill

Thwaite Mills, Thwaite Lane, Stourton
Leeds LS10 1RP

leeds.gov.uk

Thwaite Mills is one of the only fully restored working water-powered mills in Yorkshire. With over 300 years of industrial history, a tour of this early 19th century watermill presents a fascinating insight into life and times of the putty mill and its owners, the Horn family.

Thackray Museum

Near St James's Hospital, Beckett Street
Leeds LS9 7LN

thackraymuseum.org

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian Leeds street and see brave developments in surgery and healthcare. Collections: The museum collection has over 35,000 objects which, in particular, include a vast range of surgical instruments dating from the late 19th century to the present day. The collection also includes a unique collection of English pharmacy ceramics.

Stephen Beaumont Museum

Fieldhead Hospital, Ouchthorpe Lane
Wakefield WF1 3SP

goo.gl

This unusual museum of mental health depicts the story of the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum built in 1818. The exhibition includes restraining equipment, a padded cell, photographs dating from 1862 plus medical and surgical equipment and documents. There is also a scale model of the original 1818 building built by a former curator of the museum based on the original plans and drawings.

Shibden Hall

Lister's Road
Halifax HX3 6XG

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For over 300 hundred years Shibden Hall was the home of the Lister family, but the house itself is even older, first built in about 1420. Many generations of people and their families have lived and worked here, and all have left their mark on its history.

Royal Armouries

Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive
Leeds LS10 1LT

royalarmouries.org

Home to Britain's national collection of arms and armour, the Royal Armouries Museum houses a world-renowned collection of over 75,000 objects. Check out the weapons and armour of warriors through the ages from early medieval knights to the modern-day soldier. Collections: The collection consists of some 70,000 examples of arms, armour and artillery dating from antiquity to the present day. It includes royal armours of the Tudor and Stuart kings; arms and armour of the English Civil Wars; British and foreign military weapons from the Board of Ordnance and MOD Pattern Room collections; hunting and sporting weapons, as well as an exceptional collection of oriental arms and armour.

Red House Museum

Red House, Oxford Road, Gomersal
Nr Cleckheaton BD19 4JP

kirklees.gov.uk

This delightful, red-brick house, built in 1660, was home to the Taylor family who were cloth merchants and manufacturers. Mary Taylor, daughter of the house in the 19th century, was a close friend of Charlotte Bronte, who visited often, featuring the house as 'Briarmains' in 'shirley'.

Pontefract Museum

Salter Row
Pontefract WF8 1BA

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Pontefract Museum is in a flamboyant Art Nouveau building with a wonderful tiled entrance hall and many original 1904 furnishings. Situated in the centre of town, the museum has new displays on the archaeology and history of Pontefract.

Peace Museum UK

10 Piece Hall Yard
Bradford BD1 1PJ

peacemuseum.org.uk

The Peace Museum UK occupies three small galleries in one of Bradford's many fine Victorian buildings. A member of the International Network of Museums for Peace, it is unique in that it is the only accredited museum of its kind in the UK. Collections: The Peace Museum has a collection of some 6,000 items. They chart the history of peacemakers and peace-making, locally, nationally and globally.

Oakwell Hall Country Park

Oakwell Hall and Country Park, Nutter Lane, Birstall
Batley WF17 9LG

kirklees.gov.uk

This beautiful Elizabethan manor house has delighted visitors for centuries. Visiting in the 19th century, Charlotte Bront?? featured it as 'Fieldhead' - the home of the heroine in 'shirley'.

National Media Museum

Princes Way
Bradford BD1 1NQ

nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

The museum's renowned collection includes more than three million items of historical, social and cultural value. These include three key 'firsts': the world's first negative, the earliest television footage and what is regarded as the world's first example of moving pictures.

National Coal Mining Museum for England

Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton
Wakefield WF4 4RH

ncm.org.uk

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is a great day out and offers visitors the unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground, down one of Britain's oldest working mines, where models and machinery depict methods and conditions of mining from the early 1800s to the present. Experienced local miners guide parties around the underground workings, delivering one of the most engaging and memorable days out.

Museum of the History of Science, Technology & Medicine, University of Leeds, The

University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

leeds.ac.uk

The University of Leeds has rare and signficant collections relating to its scientific and technological past. Areas represented include physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and geology.

Middleton Railway

Middleton Railway Trust Ltd, The Station, Moor Road, Hunslet
Leeds LS10 2JQ

middletonrailway.org.uk

Having been established by an Act of Parliament in 1758, the Middleton Railway, Leeds, can claim to be the oldest working railway in the world. It also played host to the first commercially successful, revenue earning, steam locomotives which entered service there in 1812. Collections: Includes standard gauge industrial railway locomotives and some narrow gauge. The core collection is of Leeds-built locomotives, although other cities and indeed countries are represented.

Marks in Time Exhibition: Marks & Spencer Company Archive

Michael Marks Building, University of Leeds, off Clarendon Road
Leeds LS2 9LZ

marksandspencer.com

Did you know M&S was born in Leeds? Discover our story and unlock the fascinating journey that has made M&S one of Britain's best loved retailers. Explore our Marks In Time Exhibition and uncover some fascinating facts from over 130 years of M&S history. From the clothes we wear to the food we eat the Marks In Time Exhibition showcases the M&S Company Archive collection, tracking the development of the business from 1884 to the present day.

Manor House Art Gallery & Museum

Castle Yard
Ilkley LS29 9DT

bradfordmuseums.org

Situated within the beautiful surroundings of the Wharfe Valley, one of Ilkley's oldest buildings, the Manor House, has been converted into an attractive museum and art gallery. On the ground floor visitors are given a glimpse into Ilkley's past while the first floor galleries provide the venue for a regularly changing programme of temporary exhibitions. While being a major exhibit in itself, the Manor House also stands on the remains of the Roman fort of Olicana.

Leeds Museum Discovery Centre

Carlisle Road
Leeds LS10 1LB

leeds.gov.uk

Home to a million wonders.. Leeds Museum Discovery Centre is the city's purpose built museum storage and conservation facility. As only 5% of Leeds Museums and Galleries collections can be displayed at only one time, the Discovery Centre houses objects not on permanent display at other sites across the city. From elephant skulls to a medieval log boat, discover many more treasures with regular behind the scenes tours and family activities.

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills

Canal Rd, Armley
Leeds LS12 2QF

leeds.gov.uk

Formerly the largest woollen mill in the world, Armley Mills is now a museum which explores Leeds' rich industrial past. Displays cover the local textiles and clothing industries, printing, cinematography, photography and engineering.

Leeds Civic Trust

17-19 Wharf Street
Leeds LS2 7EQ

leedscivictrust.org.uk

Leeds has a distinct and attractive built heritage, from its beginnings as a trading centre for cloth through its development as an industrial city to its current status as a regional capital. Its medieval origins, its Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, its streets and arcades, all contribute to that distinctive character. Leeds Civic Trust celebrates that heritage through its Blue Plaques scheme, its walks and events, its co-ordination of Heritage Open Days, and its list of Heritage at Risk.

Leeds City Museum

Millennium Square
Leeds LS2 8BH

goo.gl

Experience a world of discovery... explore four floors of interactive and exciting galleries. Come face-to-face with the Leeds tiger, step into Ancient Worlds to meet Nesyamun, the Leeds mummy and dig for fossils in the Life on Earth gallery.____

Kirkstall Abbey

Abbey Walk, Kirkstall Road
Leeds LS5 3EH

leeds.gov.uk

One of the best preserved abbeys in Britain, Kirkstall Abbey is a spectacular and picturesque ruin. Founded in the 12th centruy by Cistertain monks, it was closed down in 1539 by Henry VIII. This fascinating archeological site has been sought after as the subject matter for famous paintings by JMW Turner and Thomas Girton.

Keighley Bus Museum Trust

Keighley Bus Museum Trust (not open to the public)
Keighley BD20 6LH

kbmt.org.uk

The Trust's ultimate aim is to have a permanent home for the collection of around 30 vintage buses, lorries and military vehicles in or near the centre of Keighley. The collection is currently housed in central Keighley; unfortunately the building is not suitable to be opened as a real museum on a permanent basis. Our Riverside Depot is open to visitors throughout the year - contact us via email in advance of your visit.

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway - KWVR

The Railway Station
Haworth BD22 8NJ

kwvr.co.uk

Britain's last remaining complete heritage branch line runs from Keighley to Oxenhope, along a rich seam of West Yorkshire's rail and cultural heritage. Travel via Ingrow, with its award-winning Museum of Rail Travel, and Damems, the country's smallest complete station (Ormston in BBC TV's Born & Bred series) to Oakworth, Haworth and Oxenhope.

Ingrow Museum of Rail Travel

Ingrow Railway Centre, South Street, Ingrow
Keighley BD21 5AX

vintagecarriagestrust.org

Over 60 television programmes and films have featured carriages from our award-winning museum. Sound and video presentations bring our collection to life.

Ilkley Toy Museum

Whitton Croft Road
Ilkley LS29 9HR

ilkleytoymuseum.co.uk

The museum contains one of the finest private collections of toys in the North of England. The many exhibits feature dolls, dolls houses, teddy bears, tin plate toys, lead figures and a working model fairground.

Horsforth Village Museum

5 The Green, Horsforth
Leeds LS18 5JB

goo.gl

Horsforth was once described as the largest village in England and has somehow managed to retain some of its village like identity, character and sense of community. The museum aims to reflect this heritage in its interesting exhibits which are drawn from all aspects of life in and around Horsforth and have a great nostalgia and educational value.

Home Farm

Temple Newsam Estate
Leeds LS15 0AD

leeds.gov.uk

Displays set in the original Georgian and Victorian farm buildings bring to life the stories of the past. Home Farm is now the largest working Rare Breeds Farm in Europe with over 400 animals, including cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and poultry.

Heptonstall Grammar School Museum

Church Yard Bottom
Heptonstall HX7 7LY

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Heptonstall museum lies in the centre of the ancient village of Heptonstall, in the Old Grammar School building. Some of the original features of the school remain including the black oak desks. The displays focus on the changing importance of this charming village from prehistoric times to the present day and cover the compelling story of the infamous Cragg Vale Coiners and Heptonstall's part in the English Civil War.

Harewood House

Harewood House Trust, Harewood
Leeds LS17 9LG

harewood.org

One of England's greatest country houses, created by architect John Carr and designer Robert Adam, furnished by master cabinet-maker Thomas Chippendale and set in a landscape created by 'Capability' Brown. The House, renowned for its stunning architecture and exquisite Adam interiors, contains a rich collection of Chippendale furniture, fine porcelain and outstanding art collections from Italian Renaissance masterpieces and Turner watercolours to contemporary works. Lord Harewood's mother, HRH Princess Mary, Princess Royal, lived at Harewood for 35 years and much of her Royal memorabilia is still displayed.

Fulneck Moravian Museum

55-57 Fulneck
Pudsey LS28 8NT

fulneck.org.uk

Two 17th century cottages, Victorian parlour and kitchen, weaving chamber, Moravian embroidery, folk exhibits, an 1822 hand-pulled fire engine and ethnographical exhibits.

Eureka. The National Children's Museum

Discovery Road
Halifax HX1 2NE

eureka.org.uk

Eureka. The National Children's Museum is a magical place where children play to learn and grown-ups learn to play. Everything at Eureka. has been designed to inspire children to find out about themselves and the world around them.

East Riddlesden Hall - National Trust

Bradford Road
Keighley BD20 5EL

nationaltrust.org.uk

This National Trust owned property boasts an attractive 17th-century manor house, delightful gardens, tearoom and shop. There is a fine collection of Yorkshire oak furniture and pewter, together stunning examples of textiles and 17th-century embroidery.

Duke of Wellington's Regiment Museum

Bankfield Museum, Ackroyd Park
Halifax HX3 6HG

goo.gl

Representing over 300 years of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, since its raising in 1702, this museum tells the stories of the soldiers who served using their own words. The 'Iron Duke', Arthur Wellesley, was the Colonel of the 33rd which became, after his death, the only Regiment to be named after a person not of the Royal Blood. Displays include items relating to the Duke himself and to the rich and varied history of the regiment, including the campaigns of 33rd and 76th foot.

Dewsbury Museum

Crow Nest Park, Heckmondwike Road
Dewsbury WF13 2SG

kirklees.gov.uk

Revisit your childhood and enjoy the popular toy gallery and recreated 1940s classroom. Explore the fascinating Discovering Dewsbury local history gallery.

Colne Valley Museum

Cliffe Ash, Golcar
Huddersfield HD7 4PY

colnevalleymuseum.org.uk

Colne Valley Museum is housed in a row of weavers cottage of the mid 19C. The museum depicts the cottage textile industry and the social history of the area.

Cliffe Castle Museum

Spring Gardens Lane
Keighley BD20 6LH

goo.gl

Cliffe Castle Museum was originally the spectacular mansion of the local Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer, Henry Isaac Butterfield. It stands in attractive hillside grounds with greenhouses, aviaries and a children's play area. The house is now a large museum with a wide variety of displays.

Castleford Forum Museum

Carlton Street
Castleford WF10 1BB

goo.gl

Castleford Forum Museum, located in the new Castleford Forum Library and Museum building in the centre of town, is testament to the rich and extraordinary history of the area. The displays include fascinating and unique objects that tell stories of Castleford and its people.

Calderdale Museums & Art Service

The Piece Hall
Halifax HX1 1RE

calderdale.gov.uk

Calderdale Council operates a variety of museums & galleries throughout the region. The museum service cares for over 80,000 objects relating to the heritage of the area.

Bronte Parsonage Museum

Church Street, Haworth
Keighley BD22 8DR

bronte.org.uk

The Bronte parsonage and museum focuses on the life and work of the celebrated family of writers. It has an unrivaled collection of objects and archival material relating the lives and work of Emily, Charlotte and Anne.

Bradford Industrial Museum

Moorside Road, Eccleshill
Bradford BD2 3HP

bradfordmuseums.org

Original Victorian worsted spinning mill complex built in 1875, now used to recreate life in Bradford at the turn of the 19th century.

Bradford 1 Gallery

Centenary Square
Bradford BD1 1SD

goo.gl

Bradford 1 Gallery is the new city centre space for exhibitions of contemporary and historic art and craft. It will host shows from national and regional touring venues as well as drawing upon the major collections of the museums and galleries service.

Bracken Hall Countryside Museum

Glen Road, Baildon
Shipley BD17 5EA

bradfordmuseums.org

Bracken Hall Countryside Centre and museum is situated on the edge of Shipley Glen, a popular beauty spot. The centre has displays relating to the natural history, geology, archaeology and local history of the area.

Bolling Hall Museum

Bowling Hall Road
Bradford BD4 7LP

bradfordmuseums.org

Bolling Hall offers visitors a fascinating journey through the lives and times of the Bradford families for whom it provided a home over five hundred years. Bolling Hall was for many years the seat of two important land-owning families, the Bollings and the Tempests. With parts of the building dating from the medieval, Bolling Hall is a rambling mixture of styles with every nook and cranny packed with history. Rooms are furnished and decorated to give an accurate taste of life at different periods of the house's history.

Bankfield Museum

Boothtown Road
Halifax HX3 6HG

goo.gl

With its internationally important collection of textiles, weird and wonderful objects from around the world, and a varied programme of exhibitions and events, there is much to see and enjoy. The historic house of the Akroyd family is also home to the Duke of Wellington's Regimental Museum and the Marble Gallery, a new selling space for contemporary craft.

Bagshaw Museum

Wilton Park
Batley WF17 0AS

kirklees.gov.uk

Where can you meet a mummy from Ancient Egypt, hear a Shirley Bassey hit, and come face to face with a Ganges crocodile? Bagshaw Museum brings together fasinating objects from all over the world, in the magnificient Victorian gothic setting of 'Woodlands' a former mill owners house set in Wilton Park.

Abbey House Museum

Abbey Walk, Abbey Rd, Kirkstall, Leeds
Leeds LS5 3EH

leeds.gov.uk

Based in the heart of the Kirkstall community, Abbey House was once the gatehouse for Kirkstall Abbey. Displays in the museum enable you to steep yourself in the romantic history of the abbey. Collections: The museum holds large and important social history collections. This includes an archive relating to the Suffragette campaigns of Mrs Leonora Cohen (b.1873) who was one of the first women in Leeds to start campaigning for votes for women. Leeds Museums have been collecting toys, dolls and games since at least the 1920s and now hold one of the major collections in the country.