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Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds

Categories: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 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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  • Very interesting and thought provoking. We have come along way in 150 years or so. I have to admit, it's not for the squeamish. Definitely would visit again. 
  • This museum really brings a touch of reality to life in Britain in the early 1800s where infections were rife and sanitation virtually non-existent. There is a mock up of a street complete with smells...  read more »
  • Perfect for school groups and well thought out - they even went to the trouble of replicating smells to get a true feel of how it was in Victorian times - lots to look at and a fine collection of medi...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Took the grandkids..Who were a little squirmish with some of the exhibits..but enjoyed overall. Cafe on site served lovely food...Highly recommend
  • Not worth 8 pounds ... there is still quite a lot to see but personally I would have preferred a bit more interaction with practical examples. .. But for now too many glass cabinets and reading boxes is never brilliant . I hear school groups have live demos which is good
  • Very interesting, but a bit gruesome for younger children! Educational and entertaining, nevertheless.
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