Good to Know


The Museum is housed in an old and historic building. It can sometimes be cold in winter and hot in summer. Please wear suitable warm clothing in winter.

Coats and bags can be stored in lockers for £1.  There is space in the entrance area for you to leave your pushchair though you are not required to do so.


You can take photographs and videos in the galleries for your personal use.

Please note:

  • Do not use a tripod, monopod, or supplementary video lighting

  • Do not use flash photography as this may damage our collections

Areas where photography or video is not permitted are clearly marked.

Photography or filming of human remains is not permitted. This complies with our policy on human remains.

Please email us if you wish to use photography or film for any purpose other than personal. Commercial use of any kind is not permitted.


The museum is fully accessible throughout and there is plenty of seating on the way round. We have a level access toilet and lift to all floors. The galleries have hearing loops and many of our displays are interactive and can be touched and handled. Written versions of spoken displays are available.

Guide/hearing dogs are welcome. Wheelchairs are available for loan free of charge, please call 0113 244 4343 to reserve.

We are currently working hard to provide guides in Braille.

Ear defenders and a What to Expect gallery guide are available all year round from reception.


We have public toilets including accessible facilities. A baby changing area is also available.

International Visitors

Most of the explanatory texts accompanying exhibits are written in English. We are working hard to improve this.


Guide/hearing dogs only are allowed inside the Museum.

Quiet Area

We are happy to open a classroom on request for prayer or quiet contemplation.