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The Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery

Tourist information and Nicholson Museum and Gallery opening times

Open Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm (closed Sundays & Bank Holidays).

You can also contact the team direct via email or by calling 01538 395530 Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm.

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The Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery is located in the Nicholson Institute, a spectacular grade II* Listed building. Built in 1884 as a library, museum and art gallery it is still used for that purpose today.

The Museum collects and displays items relating to the history of the Staffordshire Moorlands. The collection includes paintings, textiles, ceramics and items representing everyday life. The work of the Leek Embroidery Society is featured, as are silk moths gifted by local textile manufacturer Thomas Wardle who worked closely with William Morris on his many visits to Leek, and even a taxidermy wallaby, once part of a small number that escaped from a private zoo and made their home nearby in the Peak District!

The Art Gallery hosts a vibrant annual programme of temporary exhibitions with a broad range of themes providing something for everyone.

Tourist Information

Staffordshire Moorlands Tourist Information welcomes enquiries about local attractions, events, entertainment, accommodation and travel. Friendly, knowledgeable staff provide free advice and information and can book tickets for selected local theatres, events and National Express to suit your requirements.

Available from the shop are a varied range of souvenirs and gifts, local crafts, maps and guidebooks.

Visiting and contact details

The museum and art gallery, and Tourist Information are located on the first floor of the Nicholson Institute, Stockwell Street, Leek ST13 6DW. Accessible by stairs and lift.

Opening hours are 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Admission is free.

Telephone: 01538 395530


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