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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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TripAdvisor
  • Fabulous place, full of history about different aspects of medicine, we spent a good 3 hours here (the ticket is valid for a year, so for locals this is even better as they can return again and again)...  more »
  • Loved this museum, such a variety of information and so nicely displayed. Interactive for small children, and informative for adults. A great place for an afternoon 
  • The Thackeray Museum is a large building just filled with scenes from bygone days, old medical instruments and pro active learning sites for children. The scenes are quite realistic and the atmosphere...  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.