Royal Armouries Museum

Royal Armouries Museum

Royal Armouries Museum

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The Royal Armouries Museum is a national museum in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It is located in Clarence Dock and was opened in 1996 to display items belonging to the Royal Armouries collection. The collection is an overflow of that held in the Tower of London. The museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Like all UK National Museums, entry is free, though certain attractions in any given UK National Museum may still be charged for as an extra to the main exhibits.

The Museum incorporates the traditional glass cabinets with live presentations throughout the day. The interpretations vary throughout the year and a list of the daily interpretations can be obtained on entry. The interpretation department closes on 31st March 2011.


The museum is housed in a new building designed by Derek Walker and Buro Happold and built by Alfred McAlpine.


Situated close to the city centre on the bank of the River Aire the museum is among many buildings built in the same era that saw a rejuvenation of the Leeds waterfront. It is located on Armouries Square, in Clarence Dock. Road access is by Armouries Drive and Chadwick Street. Clarence Dock for the Royal Armouries is served by First line 28. Originally the museum had its own car park, however this has been paved into a square following the redevelopment of Clarence Dock. There is a large multi-storey car...
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