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The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds is closed for refurbishment until Summer 2024.

See & Do


We aim to make our exhibitions, collections, facilities and services accessible to the widest possible audience.

If you have any suggestions on how we can improve our accessibility, please contact us.

The Institute is currently closed for refurbishment, and will reopen in summer 2024.

Temporary closure

The Henry Moore Institute is closed for refurbishment until 12 July 2024.

Our next research season, ‘Brâncuși and Britain’, will be running off-site from February to June 2024, with online discussions and in-person conferences.

While our galleries are closed, the Archive of Sculptors’ Papers and Sculpture Research Library will open by appointment only. Unfortunately there will be no step-free access to the building at this time.

How to find and enter the Henry Moore Institute

Victoria Gardens entrance

Our main entrance faces onto Victoria Gardens, and requires walking up a set of hand railed steps.

The main entrance has a set of double automatic doors, which open inwards.

A further set of shallow steps inside the building, with a hand rail, lead up to reception.

Cookridge Street entrance – step free

There is an accessible lift entrance to the Institute from Cookridge Street, which opens into our ground floor reception area.

The doors to the lift provide an opening of 100cm, with the platform dimensions of the lift 110cm wide by 148 cm deep.

Please press the illuminated green button inside the lift lobby to open the lift door.

Getting around inside the building


The Main Galleries, Gallery 4 and reception area are all located on the ground floor, with a smooth, level floor.

The Main Galleries have a set of double automatic doors, measuring 144cm.

Gallery 4 does not have automatic doors. A Gallery Assistant is on hand to help with access to this exhibition space.

Passenger lift

There is a lift to all floors within the Institute, measuring 100cm wide by 136cm deep, with a doorway 72cm wide.

The lift has handrails on its three interior walls.

Library & archive

The Sculpture Research Library and Archive of Sculptors’ Papers are located on the first floor of the Institute.

Due to the width of doorways, wheelchairs wider than 65cm will unfortunately not be able to access the library.

Using the library & archive

Reaching books

The library has footstools and rolling steps to help reach higher shelves.

There are trolleys available to help carry books.

Our staff are here to help if you would like assistance retrieving items from shelves.


We have lockers at the library reception to store your belongings.

Key turners for library lockers are available from the library reception.

Wheelchairs in the library

There are raised benches in the Audio Visual Library and library corridor adapted for wheelchair users’ use.

Key turners for library lockers are available from the library reception.

Due to the width of doorways, wheelchairs wider than 65cm will unfortunately not be able to access the library.

Alternative access

If you are unable to access the library, our staff can bring books downstairs for you to consult in our reception area.

We would advise that you contact the library beforehand (email library@henry-moore org or phone 0113 2467467) and speak to library staff who can arrange for the books to be made available to you. Please note that some books for the library’s special collections may not be available to consult in reception.

We recommend that you consult the library catalogue prior to your visit.

Visual aids

There is large print signage in the library.

We have magnifiers, reading lights and aids for accessing video/audio materials. These are available from the library reception.

Induction loops

There are induction loops at the library reception.

We also have induction loops at our main reception desk on the ground floor, and in the seminar room.


Accessible & gender-neutral toilet

We have one accessible and gender-neutral toilet situated on the basement level, accessible by lift.

Changing Places toilet

The closest Changing Places toilet is located next door to us, in Leeds Art Gallery’s shop.

Alternative toilets nearby

Leeds Central Library: one gender neutral toilet and one accessible toilet with baby changing (Basement); three gender neutral toilets (First floor).

Leeds Art Gallery Artspace: one Radar Key accessible toilet.

Pushchairs and baby changing facilities

Storing pushchairs

We do not have storage facilities for luggage or pushchairs, however at less busy times it may be possible to leave them by reception while you look around – please ask the receptionist first, and remember to take any valuables with you. All items are left at the owner’s risk.

Baby changing facilities

There are baby changing facilities within the accessible and gender-neutral toilet.

Toilets are located on the basement floor, accessible by lift.

Information for blind or partially sighted visitors

Guide dogs

Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other badged assistance dogs are welcome in the gallery.

The nearest green space is Park Square.

Exhibition literature and signage

Braille and large print versions of exhibition literature (wall panels and leaflets) are available at reception.

There is Braille and raised print large signage on the National Life Stories Collection Sound Point in the reception area.

Guided tours

We offer free guided tours of all our exhibitions.

To discuss or book a tour, please contact reception on 0113 246 7467 or via email:

Touching works

Because all the works on display are on loan, it is not usually possible to touch objects in the exhibitions.

If permission is granted it is usually at the discretion of the curator and visitors must be accompanied by an Information Assistant.


Depending on the exhibition, light levels may be lowered in certain galleries. This is to protect and conserve fragile artworks in those areas, which may be damaged from prolonged exposure to strong light sources.

Library & archive

There is large print signage in the library.

Support equipment for library users, including magnifiers, reading lights and aids for accessing video/audio materials are available from the library reception.

Information for hearing impaired or deaf visitors

Induction loops

There are induction loops at the main reception desk, library reception and in the seminar room. There is a portable induction loop available for visitors to use in the galleries (please ask at reception).

Online content

We are aware that not all audio content on our website is available in alternative formats. We are beginning a programme to transcribe audio recordings so that they will be accessible to all.

Accessible parking

Accessible parking bays

The Institute does not have its own parking facilities. The nearest accessible parking bays are on St Anne’s Street, by the side of Leeds Cathedral.

Check the Leeds City Council website for details on other places to park in the area.


The nearest drop off bays for coaches or minibuses are on Great George Street, behind Leeds Town Hall.


Public transport

By bus

Many buses stop along the Headrow by Victoria Gardens, including the 14, 19/19A, 33/33A, 49, 50/50A, 65, 72, 75 and X6.

These bus stops (Y5, Y6, Y7 and Y10) are around a 30m (100ft) walk to the Institute across the flat, paved Victoria Square.

From Leeds train station

Leeds train station is around a 500m (0.3 miles) walk from the Institute along Park Row.

There are pelican crossings on all junctions along this route.

The walk from the station to the Institute is on a slight upward incline.

The 19 and 19A buses run from outside the station (stop S7) to the Headrow.

Directions to the Institute

Please see our Directions page for more information on how to get to the Institute by car, train or plane.


Directions to the Institute

Visit us

Henry Moore Institute

The Henry Moore Institute is currently closed for refurbishment until summer 2024.

74 The Headrow
United Kingdom

T:  01132 467 467