The Royal Armouries, Britain’s national museum of arms and armour, opened its new, multi-million pound, purpose built headquarters in Leeds to the public on 30 March 1996. The new building, designed by architect Derek Walker, houses the majority of the museum’s collections.
At our Leeds Museum there are over 5,000 objects on display in five galleries: War, Tournament, Oriental, Self Defence and Hunting. In addition to the objects in the permanent displays, the museum includes the Hall of Steel, a giant staircase whose walls are decorated with trophy displays composed of 2,500 objects reminiscent of the historical trophy displays erected bythe Tower Armouries from the 17th century.
Don’t forget to check out our recently refurbished Tournament Gallery on the Museum’s second floor. This gallery introduces some of the contests in which knights once competed, shows the fearsome weapons they used and the special armours they wore for protection. You will also discover some important historical characters too including Henry VIII and Maximilian I. Don’t miss out on seeing Max – the helmet which inspired our Leeds logo!
Find out more about our Leeds museum and how to visit us on our website.