School visits

Imagine a million objects stacked on shelves in a giant fridge with no natural light, magnetic door locks and the stickiest bug traps in the world and you’re starting to get a picture of  Leeds’ very own Night at the Museum-esque custom-built storage facility in South Leeds. It’s where we keep the million objects which aren’t on display at any of the other eight Leeds Museums and Galleries sites.

Leeds Discovery Centre works best for children from upper Key Stage 1 upwards and is perfect for a half day visit. Because many of the objects are not displayed behind glass, it means that groups can get up-close-and-personal with amazing objects and we will always try to make sure that as many of the objects as possible can be touched (carefully and with gloves).

If you are thinking of booking a trip to Leeds Discovery Centre or an outreach session for your school please get in touch with us via phone on 0113 378 2100 or email


Case study: Remembering the Leeds Pals
In autumn 2014, Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Leeds Museums and Galleries and partners brought together 120 children from four primary schools in Nidderdale AONB and Leeds to remember the Leeds Pals. The schools worked in pairs, and visited Masham and Leeds, to find out how the Leeds Pals were recruited and trained, what happened to them after the First World War and how they are remembered now. At Leeds Discovery Centre, the children found out what happened to individual Pals and their families after the war through object handling. They also enjoyed seeing the million objects in the museum store.



Key Stage 1-2 Workshops Key Stage 1-2 Workshops <div class="ExternalClass40552FCDC82546B8B6C958304FEDF79A"><p>​Our workshops offer experiential, multi-sensory, interactive and creative experiences that can bring learning to life for your students. </p> <p>All workshops include a tour of our museum store.  We can also bring any of the workshops below out to you in school as outreach.</p> <p><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Upper Key stage 1 and Key stage 2 workshops:</span></p> <ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span>One million objects to inspire your students</li></ul> <p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Key stage 2 </span></p> <ul><li>Amazing Animal</li> <li>Rocks and Fossils</li> <li>Mythical Madness</li> <li>What have the Romans ever done for us?</li> <li>Walk like an Egyptian: Day in the Life</li> <li>Stone Age to Iron Age</li> <li>Beyond the Trenches</li> <li>Keeping it Real: Behind the Scenes </li></ul></div>
KS3-5 WorkshopsKS3-5 Workshops<div class="ExternalClass66FBD43A2B3E42179F2638BE12040A97"><p>​Our menu of object-based workshops has been adapted to reflect the new KS3 curriculum and KS4/5 exam board changes.</p> <p><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">History</span></p> <ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span>One million inspirational objects – what could inspire your students?</li> <li>Beyond the Trenches</li></ul> <p style="text-decoration:underline;">Science</p> <ul><li>Keeping it Real – Behind the Scenes</li> <li>Light Waves – The Colour of Nature<br></li></ul></div>
Make a bookingMake a booking<div class="ExternalClass9C1530701A9544439350B1C8CD43E656">​If you are thinking of booking a trip to Leeds Discovery Centre or an outreach session  for your school or group please get in touch with us via phone on 0113 378 2100 or email us at <a href=""></a>. </div>
What group leaders say about usWhat group leaders say about us<div class="ExternalClass1514B4176FC9416C8BE84F74E253EEAD"><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>"We visited the centre during a staff inset training and could instantly see the learning opportunities for our children,” KS2 teacher.</p> <p><br>“It was brilliant for me as a teacher of children with BESD (behaviour, emotional, social difficulties) to observe the children participating in science activities so enthusiastically!” KS2 teacher from nurture/ behaviour unit.</p> <p><br>“Thank you for giving [our children] the opportunity to see such a wonderful facility, inspiring them to think and have close contact with items they would never normally get to see,” KS2 teacher.</p></div>