• GasometerFind out how gas was measured in the original gasometers
  • Gas made from coalGas made from coal once helped fuel the nation
  • Gas lightingGas lighting was still very popular in the 1920s
  • Gas powered events in the 1920sGas companies took displays to the Ideal Home Show and similar events in the 1920s
  • Museum's oldest working gaslightsAt the museum, see some of the UK's oldest working gaslights
  • Gas iron Gas irons made washday easy before electricity
  • The gas bathThe gas bath - best warmed before sitting inside
Gasometer1 Gas made from coal2 Gas lighting3 Gas powered events in the 1920s4 Museum's oldest working gaslights5 Gas iron 6 The gas bath7
jquery gallery by WOWSlider.com v5.5m

Remember Grandma’s old gas fire? Cooking on that solid old oven? Or even gas lights in your caravan? See these and many other historic treasures from the world of gas at Britain’s National Gas Museum.

When you visit the world’s largest and most significant gas history collection, you’ll discover the story of gas. See vintage working gas lights, learn how gas was made from coal and discover weird and wonderful gas gadgets like the gas radio and the gas hair-dryer. Smell the unique scent of coal gas. Learn about how gas became one of the world’s most important energy systems; providing lighting, heating and cooking food in millions of homes.

Visit to find out about the early days of gas when it was the brightest light of Victorian Britain. Learn how gas made from coal lit the nation’s streets, homes and factories.

Discover the enormous effort that converted the nation’s gas appliances from town gas to natural gas found under the North Sea, piped nationwide as High Speed Gas.

Browse a huge and nostalgic selection of vintage cookers, heaters and gas fires then enjoy our 1920s ‘all gas kitchen’ with its gas curling tongs and hair-dryer, and see other wonderful inventions – even a gas radio.

Whether you’re an industry professional or a family looking for a day out, we have something for everyone. Entry is free and free parking is available behind the museum. For more information; check out our Find Us page.

For a little insight into the museum, take a look at a video that was created as part of a challenge set for the British Gas Business Year in Industry students from the University of Leicester. They were tasked to create a video to help promote the museum and help increase its awareness by creating a short virtual tour which highlights some of the many interesting displays: Year in Industry Video

National Gas Museum building

Built in 1870, our building is the original gatehouse of the Leicester gas works. Look out for the clock tower to find us easily!


Entry to the Museum is free; so we rely entirely on donations to maintain our displays. If you would like to contribute please click on the button below:

Share and Enjoy

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.