List of museums in West Yorkshire

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This list of museums in West Yorkshire, England contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organisations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only online (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Image Town/City Region Type Summary
Abbey House Museum Abbey House Museum - - 140591.jpg Kirkstall City of Leeds History Victorian-period street scenes with shops and house displays,
Bagshaw Museum Bagshaw Museum - - 85942.jpg Batley Kirklees Multiple website, local history, natural history, decorative arts from India, China, Africa and Japan, and an Ancient Egyptian exhibition
Bankfield Museum Bankfield Museum 100.jpg Halifax Calderdale Multiple Historic house museum, includes Duke of Wellington's Regiment Museum, textiles, toys and local history exhibits
Batley Art Gallery Batley Kirklees Art website, changing exhibitions of art, mainly by local artists and societies
Bolling Hall Bolling Hall - - 30800.jpg Bradford City of Bradford Historic house 14th-century manor home reflecting five centuries of family life
Bracken Hall Countryside Centre and Museum Brackenhall 017.jpg Baildon City of Bradford Natural history Natural history, archaeology, geology, local history, nature centre and children's environmental education programs
Bradford Industrial Museum Brackenhall 001.jpg Eccleshill City of Bradford Industry Features relics of local industry, especially printing and textile machinery, kept in working condition for regular demonstrations to the public, also vehicles including classic cars, motor bikes, bicycles, buses, trams and a locomotive
Bramham Park Bramham Park.jpg Bramham City of Leeds Historic house Early-18th-century Baroque mansion
Brontë Parsonage Museum Bronte Parsonage Museum.JPG Haworth City of Bradford Biographical Lives and novels of the Brontë family
Bullecourt Museum Milnsbridge Kirklees Military information, military artefacts
Cartwright Hall Cartwright Hall, Lister Park.JPG Bradford City of Bradford Art Civic art gallery, collection includes Victorian and Edwardian works, Old Masters, 20th-century British painters and sculptors, Asian art and textiles
Castleford Forum Museum Castleford City of Wakefield Local website, history of Castleford, from the Bronze Age to the modern day; local library below
Cliffe Castle Museum Cliffecastlemus 001.jpg Keighley City of Bradford Multiple 19th-century Victorian, neo-Gothic castle with period rooms, exhibits of local history, natural history, geology, crafts and trades, archaeology, Ancient Egypt, stained glass, costumes, local pottery
Colne Valley Museum Golcar Kirklees Industry Three converted 19th-century weaver's cottages with 1850s weaving equipment and period rooms
Colour Experience Bradford City of Bradford Education Visual displays and exhibits showing how the eyes perceive colour, visitors need to pre-book
David Brown Tractor Club Museum Meltham Kirklees Agriculture website, David Brown tractors and memorabilia
Dean Clough Dean Clough Mills 2.JPG Halifax Calderdale Art Former 19th-century carpet factory and mill buildings now housing art galleries, a theatre and music spaces, as well as offices
Dewsbury Bus Museum Guy Arab KHL855 in Wakefield.jpg Dewsbury Kirklees Transportation website, preserved bus and coach collection, displayed on open days and events. School visits available
Dewsbury Minster Dewsbury Minster.jpg Dewsbury Kirklees Religious website, heritage centre exhibits about the church's history
Dewsbury Museum Dewsbury Museum 2004 3.jpg Dewsbury Kirklees Children's website, child's view of history, including toys, 1940s-period schoolroom
East Riddlesden Hall East Riddlesden Hall 02.jpg Keighley City of Bradford Historic house Operated by the National Trust, 17th-century manor house, gardens
Eureka! The National Children's Museum Eureka, Halifax.jpg Halifax Calderdale Children's Focus on play based learning and informal learning experiences
Fulneck Moravian Museum Fulneck Moravian Settlement City of Leeds Ethnic website, Moravian memorabilia, embroidery and crafts, Victorian parlour and kitchen, historic local artefacts, 1822 hand-pulled fire engine
Gallery II Bradford City of Bradford Art website, contemporary art gallery of the University of Bradford
Gissing Centre Wakefield City of Wakefield Biographical website, childhood home and exhibits about novelist George Gissing, operated by the Wakefield Historical Society
Gibson Mill Gibson Mill.jpg Hebden Bridge Calderdale Local Operated by the National Trust, 19th-century textile mill visitor centre with local history exhibits, located in Hardcastle Crags
Harewood House Harewood House3.jpg Harewood City of Leeds Historic house 18th-century grand country house designed by architects John Carr and Robert Adam, furniture by Thomas Chippendale and grounds by Capability Brown, features a bird garden
Henry Moore Institute in Leeds Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (4th May 2010).jpg Leeds City of Leeds Art Sculpture gallery
Heptonstall Museum The museum, Heptonstall - - 193498.jpg Heptonstall Calderdale Local information, local history
The Hepworth Wakefield The Hepworth Wakefield - - 1507085.jpg Wakefield City of Wakefield Art Art gallery with collection of sculptures by Barbara Hepworth
Horsforth Village Museum Horsforth Museum, The Green, Horsforth - - 132599.jpg Horsforth City of Leeds Local information, local history
Huddersfield Art Gallery Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery - - 34097.jpg Huddersfield Kirklees Art website, collection focus is 20th-century British art, including paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture
Ilkley Toy Museum Ilkleytoymus 001.jpg Ilkley City of Bradford Toy Toys and dolls dating from 350 BCE to modern times
Ingrow Loco Ingrow City of Bradford Railway website, collection of locomotives, operated by the Bahamas Locomotive Society
Keighley Police Museum Keighley City of Bradford Law enforcement website
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway LY 957 Keighley and Worth Valley Railway 1.jpg Oxenhope City of Bradford Railway Heritage railway, Oxenhope railway station features museum of rolling stock, locomotives and artefacts
Kirkstall Abbey Kirkstall Abbey House Museum.jpg Kirkstall City of Leeds Religious Ruins of a medieval Cistercian monastery, exhibits on the history of the abbey and the lives of the monks
Last of The Summer Wine Exhibition Holmfirth Kirklees Media website, collection of artefacts about the British television sitcom Last of the Summer Wine
Launds Inn Museum Golcar Kirklees Historic house website, restored 14th-century inn with exhibits of local history
Leeds Art Gallery Leeds City of Leeds Art Collection includes 19th- and 20th-century British Art
Leeds City Museum Leeds City Museum.jpg Leeds City of Leeds Multiple Local history, natural history including Leeds Tiger, archaeology from Ancient Greece and Rome, African artefacts
Leeds College of Art Leeds City of Leeds Art Presents many contemporary shows each year in two gallery locations
Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills Armley Mills Industrial Museum - - 260255.jpg Armley City of Leeds Industry Includes textile machinery, railway equipment and heavy engineering displays
Lotherton Hall Aberford City of Leeds Historic house Country house estate with Victorian and Edwardian interior and decorative arts, costume collection, formal and wildflower gardens, wooded grounds, a red deer park and a bird garden
Manor House Museum Manor 001.jpg Ilkley City of Bradford Local Local history, archaeology, art exhibits
Mental Health Museum Wakefield City of Wakefield Medical History and artefacts from the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Middleton Railway Museum Middleton rail shed.jpg Hunslet City of Leeds Railway Heritage railway and shed with locomotives and rolling stock
Museum of Rail Travel Ingrow City of Bradford Railway Historic railway carriages and artefacts
Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine Leeds City of Leeds Education website, part of the University of Leeds, teaching materials, history of education and teaching methods
National Coal Mining Museum for England NationalCoalminingMuseum(IanM)Aug2005.jpg Overton City of Wakefield Mining Former coal mine with underground tours
National Media Museum National Museum of Photography, Film and Television.jpg Bradford City of Bradford Media Photography, cinema, television, animation, advertising, and related technology and artefacts
Nostell Priory Nostell Priory 2.jpg Nostell City of Wakefield Historic house Operated by the National Trust, 18th-century Palladian house with interiors by Robert Adam, collection of Chippendale furniture, 18th-century dolls' house, 300 acres (1.2 km2) of parkland
Oakwell Hall Oakwell Hall.jpg Birstall Kirklees Historic house Elizabethan manor house and period gardens
Otley Museum Otley City of Leeds Local Local history
Peace Museum Bradford City of Bradford Peace History and development of peace, non-violence and conflict resolution
Pontefract Museum Pontefract City of Wakefield Local Local history, mining, culture, archaeology,
Red House Museum Red House Museum, Gomersal - - 55766.jpg Gomersal Kirklees Historic house 1830s cloth merchant's home with Brontë connections
Royal Armouries Museum Royal Armouries - - 41878.jpg Leeds City of Leeds Military Armour, swords, spears, warfare from ancient to modern times
Salts Mill Saltaire from Leeds and Liverpool Canal.jpg Saltaire City of Bradford Art 19th-century textile mill now housing the 1853 Gallery with works by David Hockney, Gallery 2 with a collection of Saltaire paintings and drawings, and the Saltaire Exhibition with local history exhibits
Shibden Hall Shibden Hall front.JPG Shibden Calderdale Historic house 15th-century timber-framed house, park include West Yorkshire Folk Museum with rural life displays
Smith Art Gallery Brighouse Calderdale Art website, permanent exhibition of Victorian paintings, changing exhibits of local and regional artists
Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre Marsden Kirklees Transportation Construction of the Standedge Tunnels and the history and life along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal
Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery Leeds City of Leeds Art website, part of the University of Leeds, collection includes European and British painting, drawings and prints, dating from the 17th century up to the present day
The Tetley Leeds City of Leeds Art website, centre for contemporary art and learning, located in the former headquarters building for Tetley's Brewery, includes the Tetley Collection with relics from the brewery's past
Temple Newsam House and Estate Temple Newsam 02.jpg Leeds City of Leeds Historic house Tudor-Jacobean house with grounds landscaped by Capability Brown, working rare breeds farm, collections of fine and decorative arts, especially paintings, furniture, silver, ceramics, textiles and wallpapers
Thackray Museum Thackray Museum.jpg Leeds City of Leeds Medical History of medicine, including Victorian treatments and patients, childbirth, surgery
Thwaite Mills Thwaite Mills - - 48209.jpg Leeds City of Leeds Industry Fully restored working water-powered textile mill and associated buildings
Todmorden Toy & Model Museum Todmorden Calderdale Toy information, shop and museum, includes toys, model trains
Tolson Museum Tolson Museum 001.JPG Huddersfield Kirklees Multiple Local history, natural history, transportation, textiles, archaeology
Wakefield Museum Wakefield City of Wakefield Multiple Local history, culture, natural history collections of Charles Waterton
West Yorkshire Print Workshop Golcar Kirklees Art website, printmaking and crafts art centre with gallery
Yorkshire Sculpture Park TheYorkshireSculpturePark(NigelHomer)Nov2005.jpg West Bretton City of Wakefield Art Changing exhibits of sculpture, both outdoors and indoors

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  2. ^ "Official site". Harmonium Museum at Saltaire. Retrieved 21 March 2015. As per December 1, 2011: "Owing to the closure of the Museum, there is no longer a Harmonium Museum in England. However, there is a VIRTUAL museum.
  3. ^ "Keighley Private Classic Car Museum West Yorkshire Filmed In The 90's". YouTube. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Famous car collection under the hammer". Craven Herald and Pioneer. April 27, 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2010-07-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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