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Thackray Medical Museum

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Address: Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7LN, England
Phone Number:
+44 113 244 4343
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The award winning Thackray Medical Museum is a completely unique visitor...

The award winning Thackray Medical Museum is a completely unique visitor attraction. With nine interactive galleries, the fascinating exhibitions and collections tell a story of health that affects us all. Hear and smell what it was like to walk the grimy streets of Victorian Leeds, find out what it was like to undergo an operation without anaesthetic and explore your body in our jaw-dropping Life Zone gallery. Discover how medicine past and present is changing your future. We are bigger than you think, please allow 2-3 hours for your visit. *Tickets last for 12 months! *FREE weekly family activities and an ever-changing calendar of events and exhibitions. *Large on-site car park. *Learning cafe serving luches and tasty treats. *Curiosity shop selling a range of unique gifts and souvenirs. We are on Facebook and Twitter

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Smells are part of the experience

The medical museum has smells to add to the atmosphere which my daughter found a little bit too realistic. Great permanent displays and interesting temporary ones too. Great... read more

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

The medical museum has smells to add to the atmosphere which my daughter found a little bit too realistic. Great permanent displays and interesting temporary ones too. Great interactive features - take a card and follow the fate of that character. Really interesting to learn about the history of medicine in this country.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lots to see. Loved the walkthrough time, seeing how Leeds suffered before they introduced clean water supplies. Some renovation work being undertaken on the upper floors. Can't wait to see the new exhibits.

Thank bellabubble
Northallerton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Thackeray Museum chronicles the advances in modern medicine from the Victorian era. It is a well-displayed, interesting and thought provoking exhibition that will stay with you. I for one won't forget the sights and smells of Victorian Leeds in a hurry. I traveled by bus and if you show you ticket you can get 15% off. Once you have... More 

Thank Laura R
Rugby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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). If we get a chance to be back in Leeds before our year on the ticket runs out we will definitely return.

Thank Michelle H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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

Thank HelenBNorway
Greater London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 is quite eerie. It's an enjoyable experience. There is also a small tea room as well for refreshments.

Thank jojo5557
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My boy (10) is obsessed with this place. We have been coming for years and he has found something fascinating as he has grown older. We have just done the heart dissection which he thoroughly enjoyed and can't wait for the eyeball one next ! This place is brilliant for kids of all ages, which lots of hands on stuff... More 

Thank Niki_jt
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Travelled up from Sheffield today for a quick flying visit (we only had two hours unfortunately to look round) so it was the quickest of quick visits. We were delighted to be taken back in time to be shown the sights and 'smells' of old Leeds which we feel, is the best part of the museum (my wife would disagree... More 

Thank Craig H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved visiting today was so special and unique I couldn't think of a better place to spend Valentine's Day with my husband love learning about all the exhibits think my favourite was the area with the big mouth could easily spend all day lovely for family and couples will be back again

Thank Lorna H
Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited on a wet Saturday in January. It's worth going to see just for the building itself, which is quite magnificent, with ornate brickwork outside and some spectacular tiling and woodwork inside. There's a cafe where you can get sandwiches and a very decent cup of coffee, and a well stocked shop. The museum itself is fascinating. You start... More 

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