The Grade 2 listed gatehouse of the former Leicester Corporation Gas Works, home of the National Gas Museum.
A 1920s kitchen with gas appliances, one of the displays in the National Gas Museum
The National Gas Museum in Leicester houses the largest collection of objects relating to the gas industry in the world. It was set up in 1977 by the East Midlands Region of British Gas and named after its then chairman, John Doran. It is housed in the Grade 2 listed gatehouse of the former Leicester Corporation gas works, built in 1878.
The museum was recently described in the book Far from the Sodding Crowd: more uncommonly British days out as offering "a journey of gaseous discovery...rich with cultural and social titbits".
The museum contains many fascinating displays which tell the story of making, distributing and using gas since the early 19th century. You can see many unusual appliances including gas heated hairdryers and even a gas radio! A re-creation of a 1920s kitchen shows what domestic life was life before electricity became common in the home.
Many thanks for your interest in visiting the Museum. Please note the Museum is currently undergoing refurbishment and will be closed to the public until further notice.