Take the kids to … Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

This free art gallery and museum celebrates Sheffield steel along with big-name artists, including the work – and cats – of John Ruskin

The 2001 opening of this art and design museum in the centre of Sheffield was the first big project for independent charity Museums Sheffield. Big-name exhibitions, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings, sit alongside permanent displays of the city’s famous metalwork. Next up (29 May-15 Sept) is John Ruskin: Art and Wonder, celebrating the second centenary of Ruskin’s birth. An exhibition about a grumpy Victorian art critic may seem an unpromising attraction for kids but this is spiced up with crafts and carnivals. The show includes the iridescent rocks that first sparked his love of nature as a child, and his paintings of plants and animals.

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