The Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery is located in the Nicholson Institute, a spectacular grade II* Listed building. Built in 1884 as a library, museum and art gallery it is still used for that purpose today.
The Museum collects and displays items relating to the history of the Staffordshire Moorlands. The collection includes paintings, textiles, ceramics and items representing everyday life. The work of the Leek Embroidery Society is featured, as are silk moths gifted by local textile manufacturer Thomas Wardle who worked closely with William Morris on his many visits to Leek, and even a taxidermy wallaby, once part of a small number that escaped from a private zoo and made their home nearby in the Peak District!
The Art Gallery hosts a vibrant annual programme of temporary exhibitions with a broad range of themes providing something for everyone. View our latest ‘What’s On’ guide at:
Staffordshire Moorlands Tourist Information welcomes enquiries about local attractions, events, entertainment, accommodation and travel. Friendly, knowledgeable staff provide free advice and information and can book tickets for selected local theatres, events and National Express to suit your requirements.
Available from the shop are a varied range of souvenirs and gifts, local crafts, maps and guidebooks.
Visiting and contact details
The museum and art gallery, and Tourist Information are located on the first floor of the Nicholson Institute, Stockwell Street, Leek ST13 6DW. Accessible by stairs and lift.
Opening hours are 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Admission is free.
Map & Directions
The Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Nicholson Institute, Stockwell Street, Leek between the offices of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and the buildings of Buxton and Leek College.
Public Transport Directions
The nearest railway stations are Stoke-on-Trent (10.8 miles) and Macclesfield (11.6 miles).
- Assistance dogs welcome
- Disabled access
- Children welcome
- Facilities for educational visits
- Guided tours for groups
- Parking with charge - The nearest car park is Moorlands House: Moorlands House, Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 6HQ
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Public toilets
- Smoking not allowed
- Accepts groups
* Monday - Saturday: 10:00 - 16:00. Last admission 15:30, Closed Sunday
Library: Monday: 8:30 - 19:00, Tuesday - Friday: 8:30 - 17:00, Saturday: 8:30 - 16:00, Closed Sunday