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

See & Do

Schools & group visits

We welcome schools, colleges and community groups for free guided visits to explore our exhibitions and research library.

Our educational activities make links to our exhibition programme, and provide excellent opportunities for focused and enriching learning experiences.

A group of primary school children being shown around the exhibition 'Edward Allington: Things Unsaid'.

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.

What you can expect when we reopen

Architect's plan of the new public engagement workshop facilities at the Henry Moore Institute. Image courtesy Group Ginger.

We’re converting one of our current staff meeting spaces into a brand new, multifunctional learning and engagement facility.

We’ll use this to better accommodate school visits, as well as hosting creative workshops, discussions and events.

When we reopen in July 2024, you’ll find a lot of other improvements to our building:

  • A refreshed area on the ground floor (our ‘alcove’) that allows us to continue to offer free, creative drop-in activities for all visitors.
  • We’ll also continue to offer Explorer Bag for younger visitors.
  • Inclusive, fully accessible toilets with baby changing facilities.
  • A more welcoming entrance area with seating, designed to be a meeting point.
  • Improvements to our shop, with more on offer for younger visitors to inspire making and sculpting.
  • We’ll continue to run free, artist-led creative family workshops during the school holidays in Leeds.

While we are closed

We will be running an off-site research season, ‘Brâncuși and Britain’, from February to June 2024. It will feature online discussions and in-person events that examine Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuși’s (1876-1957) life and work from a contemporary viewpoint.

Our engagement programme with schools and community groups will also continue to operate off-site around Leeds. More details on how you can get involved will be posted here soon.

Plan a visit for when we reopen in 2024

Primary and secondary schools

We offer free guided visits for groups of up to 20 pupils, which include a guided tour of our galleries and a short creative activity inspired by the work.

We work in close partnership with our neighbours at Leeds Art Gallery and can run parallel visits for schools, suitable for larger groups.

For secondary schools, we can also provide tours of our library and archive and, for KS5 and FE, run short research activities to familiarize students with our extensive sculpture library.

Colleges & universities

We run free guided tours of our exhibitions for college and university groups for groups of up to 25 students at a time.

We can also provide tours of our sculpture library and archive as part of your visit.

Booking information


Dates & times

Arrange your tour at a time that suits you. We are open Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00–17:00.


Supervising adults

Primary schools: at least two adults per 20 students.

Secondary schools: at least one adult per 20 students, plus an additional adult.

Colleges & universities: at least one adult per 20 students.



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

Getting here

Our central Leeds venue is a world recognised centre for the study and enjoyment of sculpture.


Address, directions & parking

Book your visit to the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

Please fill out the form below if you would like to enquire about making a visit after we reopen in summer 2024.

Please note that your booking is not confirmed until our team have contacted you with an available date.

If you would like to book a group visit to Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Hertfordshire, please see this page.

Art Encounters

Art Encounters is a series of free short films for schools with accompanying resources, supporting teachers and learners to think about art.

They invite viewers to discuss first responses to artworks, and learn about the artist and their inspirations.

Each Art Encounter concludes with a creative challenge, which can be used as part of a programme of study, or as a stand-alone activity undertaken in school or at home.

Find out more about Art Encounters

Collaborative projects

Find out more about projects we’ve run in collaboration with colleges, universities and other partners.

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