Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds

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#2 of 16 in Museums in Leeds
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. Planning Leeds trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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  • Having time to spare on my own for a few hours I decided on the spur of a moment to visit this museum and I was not disappointed. I have nothing to do with the medical profession but I found it highly...  more »
  • We have visited Thackray before as a family, but particular enjoy the school holiday activities. During half term my boys (11 and 9), got to use scalpel and scissors to dissect a kidney, and then had ...  more »
  • I was looking forward to visiting as I am fascinated by medical cases and advances. In this respect, the museum certainly offers lots of information though it is mainly in the form of written fact she...  more »
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  • I went on a school trip. The workshops were excellent. We didn't have time to see much of the museum except the downstairs interactive part which was very good. They have a lovely little cafe with delicious looking cakes. There is also a gift shop but as with all these places it was pricey
  • An interesting place to visit. Feels dated in places and I don't mean because of the exhibits. A lot of the displays involve your sense of smell but seems like the herbs need replacing.
  • Excellent museum. Probably not for the youngest children, 8 or 9 upwards I would suggest. Café a bit chaotic as they get a lot of NHS staff in from the hospital next door. Car park a bit of a challenge. Take coins for the meter.
  • Really supprises Expirence at the Thackeray Medical Museum. As expected from the site, it's a smaller museum - but the displays and dioramas inside more than make up for this. There's also a cafe serving snacks and drinks inside. To look around the whole museum, it'll take about 1 and a half hours. To look at all the displays and read everything; you could easily be inside for 3 hours.
  • Great place can't believe I have not been before. The medical history walk through street is fab great to show kids who have it all what life was like for kids 140 years ago, put some perspective on 😁
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