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Museums in Leeds If you’re looking for a blast from the past it’s time to turn detective and discover the real Leeds. The city has a wide range of museums showcasing the triumphs and disasters of a rich heritage.
 
Most famously Leeds is home to The Royal Armouries Museum [map], which is located at Armouries Drive and was opened in 1996 as the new home for the national collection of arms and armour. Each of the five themed galleries covering war, tournament, self-defence, hunting and the arms and armour of the Orient offer something uniquely different. If you’ve always wanted to shoot a bow and arrow, this is the museum for you. Look out for displays, drama, live action events, interactive technology and exciting exhibitions.
 
For a unique experience of an altogether different nature, visit Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills [map] , Canal Road, Armley, which was once the largest woollen mill in the world. Located beside the River Aire, the museum explores the city’s rich industrial past and the blood, sweat and tears that went into creating it. Displays cover the local textiles and clothing industries, printing, cinematography, photography and engineering.
 
To see Victorian Leeds in all its splendour spend a few hours at Abbey House Museum [map], Abbey Walk, Abbey Road. Three reconstructed streets allow the visitor to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the late 19th century, from the glamorous art furnishers shop to the poor washerwoman and the bleak workshop of the undertaker.
 
For a glimpse behind the scenes at the doctors and dentists’ surgeries of times past visit The Thackray Museum [map], Beckett Street. The museum was the inspiration of Paul Thackray, grandson of Charles F Thackray, founder of the medical company bearing his name in Leeds in 1902.
 
For a touch of luxury and a glimpse at how the other half live Harewood House [map], Harewood, is one of England’s outstanding historic houses with beautiful grounds, gardens and bird garden. Harewood House regularly hosts exhibitions such as the exciting Walking With Dinosaurs display inspired by the successful BBC documentary.

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