Encouraging people of all ages to engage with sculpture as learners, thinkers and makers.
Visiting with your family
We provide free activities for your family to get the most out of a visit to the Institute.
These are linked to our exhibitions and change with the themes and subjects of the sculpture on display.
They are available for you to use when you visit Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00–17:00.
Borrow one of our Explorer Bags while visiting our galleries. Use what’s inside to look, think and draw while you explore the exhibition.
The bags are filled with objects and activities for younger visitors in response our exhibition Michael E. Smith.
Collect a bag from the welcome desk, then return it at the end of your visit and claim your Explorer sticker!
Make your own object sculpture
Michael E. Smith uses everyday objects to make his artwork. He carefully chooses things, experiments with them, and joins them together to create sculptures.
Use the objects in your Explorer bag to make a sculpture of your own. What does it look like? Does it have a story?
Take a photo of your new sculptures and share them with us on social media @henrymooreinstitute.
Competition: Redesign the front of the Henry Moore Institute
The Henry Moore Institute turns 30 in April, and to celebrate we’re holding a competition to redesign the front of our building.
You could paint, draw or collage but remember, we’re all about sculpture, so make your design as 3D and sculptural as possible!
To enter, you can pick up one of our entry cards at the Institute, or download a template and enter online.
Three winners from each age group will receive gift vouchers for art supplies shop Fred Aldous. Make sure to get your entry in by Sunday 18 June!
Share photos of your sculptures, competition designs and explorations of the galleries with us on social media:
We run free, artist-led creative family workshops during the school holidays in Leeds.
These are intergenerational events, where children and their adults make together. We encourage creativity in all ages!
30th Birthday Competition: Redesign the front of the Henry Moore Institute
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Facilities at the Institute
Step free access
Visitors who prefer a step-free entrance can use the accessible entrance on Cookridge Street and take the lift to bring you onto the ground floor where you will find all the Galleries on the same floor.
There is a passenger lift to all other floors, measuring 100cm wide by 136cm deep, with a doorway 72cm wide.
Toilets and baby changing facilities
Toilets are located on the basement level, including baby changing facilities in the accessible and gender-neutral toilet.
Unfortunately we do not have storage facilities for luggage or pushchairs, however at less busy times it may be possible to leave them by the welcome desk while you visit – please ask a member of staff first, and remember to take any valuables with you. All items are left at the owner’s risk.
Tell us how we can help
We are keen to make it as easy as possible for you to visit with your family.
If you have any access needs, that are not mentioned above or on our accessibility page, please get in touch to discuss your visit.
Henry Moore Institute
Experience, study and enjoy sculpture from around the world in the centre of Leeds.
74 The Headrow
T: 01132 467 467