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Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds
(4.1/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
Find out how medicine past and present is changing our future at Thackray Medical Museum, located right next to St. James University Hospital. The museum is housed inside a former workhouse, built in 1858 to accommodate 784 paupers. The interactive museum offers visitors a unique chance to walk through a reproduction of slum streets, complete with authentic lights, sounds, and smells. Discover what ailed typical Victorians and how they managed to survive among disease-carrying rats, fleas, and bedbugs. To learn what surgeries were like before anesthesia, watch a video reconstruction of an 1840s leg amputation. The site also includes a children’s gallery, designed to instruct young visitors about the various functions of the human body. Plan ahead and skip the long lines by booking your tickets online. Our Leeds trip builder makes visiting Thackray Medical Museum and other Leeds attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • My 3 daughters loved this place. THe staff on reception (young lad called Steven)!made the visit that much more pleasurable getting the girls really excited and filling them with handy little facts ab...  more »
  • You start with a realistic victorian slum, giving a real feeling of how grim life was. Then you hit the development of medicine, with herbalists and quacks and home remedies for common ailments on dis...  more »
  • The museum is full of dentist equipment and many medical implements such as hospital beds and x ray machines and there are many galleries. 
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  • I'm a bit of a skeptic when it comes to ghosts and things that go bump in the night, but the ghost hunt we did was good fun. we will definitely be back during daylight hours to look at the museum too as it looks fascinating...
  • Fascinating afternoon out. A lot of interesting and we'll thought-out exhibits with clear concise descriptions. Separated into "themes", with a logical travel through them. Great museum all set in beautiful old building. Good for kids to adults. Certainly recommend if in Leeds.
  • Historical medical museum. Good for children doing school projects.
  • Very enjoyable and informative. Don't expect to fill a whole day.
  • Only attended a evening event so unable to comment on the whole Museum, thus unable to give a full review and 5 stars. From the brief visit - was welcomed by helpful and friendly staff on reception. Main hallway as a large easy to follow map of the site. Facilities: Lifts to all floors, toilet for all including disabled ones.