Our Collections


​Whether you are besotted with beetles, mesmerised by mummies, smitten with sculpture or fascinated by fabrics, there's something to interest you in our collections. The amazing range of objects across our sites provide inspiration for our exhibitions and events programme, community projects and academic research.
Over one million objects collected since 1819 give insights into the evolving natural world, human history and culture. These collections collections reflect Leeds as a vibrant and changing city and place Leeds in a global context. Through our collections we can discover and learn from the past in order that we might make sense of the present and prepare for the future.

The collections in Leeds are particularly special - our collections of natural history, fine and decorative art and industrial history have been designated as collections of national significance.

Our museum store, the Leeds Discovery Centre brings the bulk of our collections together under one roof. Why not come and explore on a store tour?