A purpose built museum located in Leeds Dock that opened in 1996, the museum displays the National Collection of Arms and Armour. It is part of the Royal Armouries museums. There are six galleries in the museum and also the Hall of steel which is at the end of the main hall. It houses an impressive display of 2500 objects mainly 17th century armour and 19th century arms. The war gallery is filled with a superb display of weapons and armourer from ancient wars, medieval warfare to the 16th to 19th century wars. You will find in this collection some very rare weapons, including a display of early machine guns and collection of Gatling guns. It also covers the history of war through the ages including some very good dioramas. The hunting gallery has some very interesting displays showing the very early hunting techniques to the 20th century. There are some very ornate weapons in the collection and also some very rare pieces. In the displays are a Forsyth’s patent scent bottle four barrelled volley gun and also a side by side with Forsyth’s patent scent bottle ignition system. Entry is free. Classic Military recommends the museum. Click here for the Royal Armouries Museum web site
The Royal Armouries museum at Leeds is well worth a visit, you can also try your hand on the crossbow range. Find out what it was like to fire one of these weapons. There is much more to see than we have covered in this article.