Museums in Leicester

National Space Centre

National Space Centre

The National Space Centre is probably one of the finest and most interesting museums in the city of Leicester. It includes six galleries; UK's largest dome planetarium being one of them, along with the iconic Rocket Tower. 

As soon as you approach the museum from the city, you'd be able to see the 42 metre high Rocket Tower seeping into the sky. It's home to the Blue Streak, the Thor Able rockets, The Gagarin Experience, Apollo Lunar Lander and a real Moon Rock. It's a haven for the people pursuing astrology or anything related to space science. 

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New Walk Museum

New Walk Museum

The New Walk Museum was designed by Joseph Hansom, the designer of the hansom cab. Although it has been expanded several times after that, most recent being in 2011. 

It’s located on New Walk, in Leicester, close to the city centre. A fun - fact about this particular museum is that it was one of the very first public museums to have opened in the UK, back in 1849.

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Abbey Pumping Station

Abbey Pumping Station

The Abbey Pumping Station falls under Leicester’s museum of science and technology. It displays and gives complete justice to the city’s industrial, technological and scientific heritage. 

It was opened in 1891, and it pumped the city’s sewage to the specific treatment works at Beaumont Leys. 

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Newarke Houses Museum

Newarke Houses Museum

The Newarke Houses Museum unfolds the story of Leicester and the history of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment with a cinematic experience, a diverse collection of toys from Tudor to the present day. The Museum comprises of two historic houses - 1) Wygston's Chantry House that was built in circa 1511 and 2) Thomas Skeffington's House which was as early as the 17th century. 

Daniel Lambert was a well - known son of Leicester and you can find out more about him and visit the unconventional 1950's, Wharf Street inspired street scene that includes the Jolly Angler public house, a grocer and a pawnbroker, making it a complete realistic experience. 

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Retro Computer Museum

Retro Computer Museum

An important factor about the Retro Computer Museum is that its a registered charity solely dedicated to the benefit of the public for the preservation, display and public experience of computer and console systems from the 1960s. 

Their primary focus is on systems that we use at our homes, rather than massive computer systems and mainframes of early computer development. 

On display, they have systems from the 1970, such as the Binatone Pong and the spectacular Commodore Pet right up to the 1990s , such as the Sega Dreamcast. They have a range of retro gaming goodness. 

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Stonehurst Family Farm and Museum

Stonehurst Family Farm and Museum

A day at Stonehurst Family Farm and Museum is a day well spent! Their idea of a perfect family day consists of a proper working family farm were you can interact and feed the friendly domesticated animals! A very suitable place to start introducing young kids to the animal kingdom. 

At Stonehurst you can collect freshly laid eggs, quite contrary to going to your local Tesco's and picking up a carton! The kids can enjoy swinging at the strawberry barn, enjoy tractor rides, pony rides, hold baby animals, explore their nature trail with a variety of flowers and plants! A tiny adventure can be experienced at their pond where you can catch a fish while pond dipping.

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