Bring learning to life - for free - at West Yorkshire's wealth of museums.

Youngsters can delve into history, admire some art, learn about film and television and much more - and admission won't cost you a penny.

Tolson Museum, Huddersfield

Set in the leafy surrounds of Ravensknowle Park in Wakefield Road, Tolson Museum offers a history of Huddersfield and its people through a series of curious collections.
Roman artifacts, textile exhibits, birds, transport and more can be found in the grand museum, offering a picture of the town and its characters from pre-history through to present day.
The museum is closed until October 21 for refurbishment.

Typical opening hours are 11am to 5pm (Monday to Friday) and noon to 5pm (Saturday and Sunday).


Bagshaw Museum, Batley

Bagshaw Museum


This grand Gothic house and its collections of curious artefacts is bound to spark any child's imagination.
Located at the top of picturesque Wilton Park, Bagshaw Museum blends local history with exhibitions that explore culture around the world, from displays about the iconic Fox's Biscuits and Batley Variety Club to the Spirit of South Asia gallery and an Ancient Egypt exhibition.
The museum hosts regular craft sessions and other fun family activities.

Autumn and Winter opening times for Bagshaw Museum are as follows (it's complicated):

September-October:
Noon-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, and 11am – 5pm Tuesday to Thursday during school holidays.

November - February:
12noon-4pm on Saturday and Sunday, and 11am – 4pm Tuesday to Thursday during school holidays.


The museum, named after its first curator, Walter Bagshaw, celebrated its centenary in 2011.

Bankfield Museum, Halifax,

Bankfield Museum


From toys through the ages to a pair of the Duke of Wellington's boots, Bankfield Museum in Halifax showcases curious collections dating from prehistoric times right up to the 21st century.
Based in a Victorian mansion, the free museum also features the World of Textiles Gallery, examining textile production around the world, as well as community exhibits and rotating exhibitions in its temporary gallery.

The museum, in Akroyd Park, Boothtown Road, Halifax, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm and on bank holiday Mondays, 10am-4pm. Last admission is half an hour before closing time.
Click here to find out more about what's on at the museum.

Heptonstall Museum, Hebden Bridge

Heptonstall Museum

Curious about the Cragg Vale Coiners? Want to learn more about the Battle of Heptonstall during the English Civil War?
Look no further than Heptonstall Museum, which delves into the history of Heptonstall from prehistoric times to the present day.
Based in the old grammar school building in Heptonstall village, some original features remain, including the school desks and books.
The museum is good base for exploring the area's history, stunning landscapes and literature connections - including Sylvia Plath's grave in St Thomas a' Beckett's churchyard.
Opening:

March to October: Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am - 4pm.

Closed November to February

National Science and Media Museum, Bradford

The National Science and Media Museum spread over seven floors has permanent exhibitions on photography, television, animation, video games, the Internet and the scientific principles behind light and colour.

It also hosts temporary exhibitions and has three cinemas, including an IMAX screen.
The museum, based in the city centre, is open daily 10am-6pm.

The National Media Museum, Bradford
The National Science and Media Museum, Bradford


Bradford Industrial Museum
Once a working mill, Moorside Mills in Moorside Road, Bradford, is now the home of the Bradford Industrial Museum.
Permanent displays include textile machinery, steam power, engineering, printing machinery and motor vehicles, and the museum also hosts an exciting programme of exhibitions.
Visitors can explore the mysterious freemasonry exhibition, and the museum also examines life on the home front during World War One with its Bradford's War: 1914-1918 exhibition.
As well as the mills, visitors can view the splendour of Moorside House, where the Mill Manager lived, and the terraces houses built for mill-workers, which reflect three different time periods.
The museum is open Tuesday to Friday, 10am-4pm and weekends 11am-4pm.

Leeds City Museum
Located in the impressive Leeds Institute building in Millenium Square, Leeds City Museum offers six exciting galleries exploring everything from the natural world to the Roman Empire and Nesyamun, the Leeds mummy.
This summer the central area of the museum has been turned into an interactive exhibit, The Leeds Playground, where youngsters can build their own miniature version of the city, learn more about Leeds' history and even perform shows in the Little Theatre.
The Collectors gallery explores the items people have collected over the years and even displays collections from local contributors.
The history of the city, from pre-historic times to the present day, comes to life in a range of displays, interactive games and dressing up, ensuring a memorable day for the whole family and the chance to learn more about the 'capital of the North'.
The museum is open 10am-5pm Tuesday to Friday and 11am-5pm on weekends.

Leeds City Museum
Leeds City Museum


Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Known as the 'gallery without walls', this internationally renowned free attraction offers a wide range of sculptures and modern art scattered across 500 acres of 18th century parkland.
Based in the grounds of Bretton Hall, Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park also features five indoor galleries to compliment the inspiring artwork that dominates the landscape.
A café and restaurant overlooking the park serves hot food, coffee and cakes, and visitors can take a little bit of the sculpture magic home with them with a visit to the giftshop.
Entry is free but car parking charges apply: £8 for a full day, £5 for 1-2 hours and £2.50 for up to an hour.
The sculpture park is open daily 10am-6pm.

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