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Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds

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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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  • The museum is very informative and gives a good indication of how medicine has advanced over the years. There is sufficient parking, including disabled, and allow about 2-3 hours to see everything.  more »
  • The museum is located near the hospital and easy to find thanks to the signs. We bought an annual pass online and got a discount. The museum is really well thought and you learn about diseases and med...  more »
  • The whole family enjoyed our visit, lots of information about the history of medicine and changing understanding of disease. Good variety of presentation, kids loved it, especially the Victorian Stree...  more »
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  • Amazing experience! Lots of interesting science related activities. Best part was the visual representation of the progression of medicine, from the Victorian age to the present day.
  • Brilliant place to visit when weather is a bit poor. Tickets last 12 months so you can re-visit, my son who is six years old thought it was brilliant and enjoyed learning about medicine.
  • Took our daughter who is currently studying the renaissance . Worth a visit , some interesting things to see especially the slums. . However please do take your own food and drinks. Unless you don't mind paying £2.20 for a Coke and eating a pre packed chicken and avocado sandwich ( does anyone eat that ?!)
  • This is one of the touristic spots in Leeds. Is an interesting museum and I recommend the visit. The museum is a tour of the history of medicine that intersects with the Leeds dark past of unhealthy conditions.
  • Good fun and a good demonstration on blood and scabs for the kids.

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