Abbey House Museum, Leeds

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Abbey House Museum in Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England is housed in the gatehouse of the ruined 12th-century Kirkstall Abbey, and is a Grade II* listed building. The house is 3 miles (4.8 km) north west of Leeds city centre on the A65 road. It is part of the Leeds Museums & Galleries group.

The museum opened in July 1927. The ground floor is set out as an area of Victorian streets, illustrating a range of shops and services and including original shop fittings etc. The first street, Abbey Fold, opened in July 1954. Harewood Square opened in 1955 and Stephen Harding Gate in 1958. The museum was refurbished between 1998 and 2001 funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Upstairs, the galleries feature childhood collections, community-curated displays and temporary exhibitions.
The paranormal TV programme Most Haunted visited the Abbey House Museum in the first episode of Series 19. The crew experienced apparent paranormal incidents which included knocking and a piano playing by itself.
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  • This is a great place for children as well as adults. The main attraction is a full size town street with shops, houses, a pub and school as it would be about 150 years ago. Great attention to the...  more »
  • Amazing place! Alot of the galleries were very interesting especially the collection of old penny arcade machines which are a lot of fun! One thing I would say would be better would be the cafe' as.....  more »
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  • Went to one of their monthly lectures, this time exploring nursing in WW1. Absolutely fascinating and so well presented. The museum itself is lovely with it's own Victorian street and the cafe is also good. Well worth a visit
  • Lovely setting, friendly and helpful staff. A great place to visit for its history, location or just coffee. Always a favourite with me.

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