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Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds

(4.1/5 based on 600+ 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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  • A fascinating glimpse back in time to chronicle the development of medicine and surgery in the UK and the rest of the world.  more »
  • We decided to visit the museum as it looked fun for the kids and educational without them realising it.They enjoyed the different activitys and took part in the exhibits as unlike most museums they ca...  more »
  • Took brownies and rainbows to visit this attraction and they loved it. With lots of hands on exhibits  more »
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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.