Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds

4.3
#2 of 14 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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  • A great place to visit with adults or kids. It's a beautiful grade 2 listed building, which use to be the old work house. So much information about the way medicine has come over the years. Cafe was v...  more »
  • Some very interesting things to see and do but not enough with the not so interesting bits to cause me to want to return, on my visit there appeared to be no staff to to interact with, to question or ...  more »
  • It was ok see lot medical items and see some of the limbs and things they used but lot medical equipment but it is abit expensive  more »
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  • Easy to get to by bus and train. Very informative on both child and adult levels and entertaining. We spent 4 hrs there including lunch in the cafĂ©. Could have easily spent longer but circumstances meant we had to leave earlier than expected.
  • Really enjoyed it, especially for a first time visit. A bit young for my son in certain parts. Maybe could have put more child friendly ways to explain certain things on the first floor. Will definitely be going back on my own, so I can at least take more time to look for myself. Did spend 2 & half hours here.
  • Very good history on the medical systems that have ever existed. Isn't a place I could stay for a full day but it is very good with very helpful staff.
  • Not as big as expected, we took a leisurely hour and 3/4 walk round but you could easily exhaust it in an hour. If you were learning with kids it would potentially take as long as you wanted. Quite interesting though. Probably a bit overpriced in my opinion.
  • I went here when I was 8 and it would have been probably interesting but it triggered my pediophobia

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