Thackray Museum of Medicine

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Thackray Museum of Medicine

Thackray Museum of Medicine
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
After completing our exciting four-million-pound redevelopment, we can’t wait for visitors to explore our new galleries. Follow the story of medicine as you wander through the grimy streets of Victorian Leeds, watch gruesome operations taking place in our 19th-century operating theatre, visit a 70s-style sexual health clinic, chart how well the world responds to crisis, and discover the medical innovations that changed the world. We’ll be operating a timed entry system so booking is essential.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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4.5
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nicola882019
Harrogate, UK14 contributions
Fandabbydastic
Sep 2021 • Family
Absolutely fantastic! Very interesting & plenty for the kids to do!
Nice little gift shop and a cafe.
This place is surprisingly cheap too 😁
Written 18 September 2021
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Jackie B
2 contributions
Overpriced
Aug 2021 • Family
I visited Thackeray Museum of medicine with my partner and two young children. I do feel that it is very overpriced and not very good value for money. I did like the Disease Street, but the rest of it was just usual museum type of thing, with displays in cabinets and descriptions on the walls. There was some interactive equipment for kids, but it was very minimal. I do feel that there should be more for young children. There was supposed to be a Professor Pumpernickel science show that I paid extra for online, but unfortunately that was not on. That was disappointing because we paid extra for it and didn’t get what we paid for. Additionally, you have to pay for parking. The member of staff at reception was polite.
Written 30 August 2021
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Thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear you thought the museum wasn't good value for money. Our tickets last for 12 months and with free events and activities taking place throughout the year, we do encourage you to use your ticket to come back for specific events that may interest you. Our early years' area is still in development and due to be completed very soon, adding even more value to your ticket, and with changing exhibitions and displays, there's always something new coming up to explore. Regarding your payment for Professor Pumpernickel, please do email info@thackraymuseum.co.uk and we can look into this further.
Written 31 August 2021
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StotheN
Toulouse, France253 contributions
Interesting...!
Sep 2020
I was here in 2019. It looked at the time as almost like a haunted hospital, while walking through the walls and seeing its various collections and exhibitions. There is a souvenir shop downstairs, right next to the ticket booth. Bring your student ID for a discount.
Written 19 August 2021
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Thank you for your review, we're glad you find the museum so interesting and look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
Written 31 August 2021
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Paul C
1 contribution
Overpriced
Aug 2021
First visit after the expensive revamp and left very disappointed. 1 adult, and 2 children £30. Very underwhelmed with the value for money. The museum itself is very average with not a great deal to see. No structure to the way you should walk through the exhibitions. Seems like it has been thrown together. A complete rip off really and to add insult to injury you have to pay for parking on top. Previously, Blue Peter badges were welcome and it was free for NHS staff. I don't think we would return despite it being an annual pass. Very disappointing.
Written 16 August 2021
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Thank you for your review. As an independent charity, we try really hard to make sure our prices are affordable while allowing us to remain open 7 days a week, hold free events and activities and host world-class exhibitions. Our tickets are also valid for 12 months meaning you can come back as often as you like all year. Our early years' area is currently under development too and due to be completed very soon, meaning even more added value to your ticket. When developing our new galleries, we were keen to allow the visitor to explore the story of medicine in their own way. From the way we have laid out objects to the arrangement of information, top-line info to more detailed should you wish to read on, emphasising our mission to allow people agency in how they wish to engage with the subject matter. We take all feedback into consideration and appreciate your time in writing this review.
Written 31 August 2021
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Emma V
Stafford, UK25 contributions
Interesting museum but not worth the price we paid
Aug 2021
Visited this museum on our way into Leeds city based on good reviews from Tripadvisor. Parking not too bad at £1 per hour and plenty of it. The contents of the museums were really interesting and we spent a good couple of hours browsing. I definitely do not think it was worth the £24 we paid though. I have visited free museums recently which have been so much more interesting and interactive. The coffee shop visit was a shambles. We had 2 hot drinks and 2 cakes. The cakes were very expensive and tasted only ‘OK’. The service was appalling. There were only a few people in the cafe and it took forever to be served. Halfway through serving me the lady disappointed over to a table to help someone else so I had to wait even longer to continue being served! Overall, we are a little disappointed sadly.
Written 14 August 2021
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Thank you for your review. We're glad you found the galleries interesting and do hope you will make full use of your annual pass! We apologise for the service you received in the cafe, we will, of course, take this into consideration to improve our overall experience and do hope you consider visiting us again soon for any events and exhibitions that interest you.
Written 31 August 2021
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Jools S
Leeds, UK15 contributions
Well worth a visit
Jul 2021
great revamp - really enjoyed the variety of exhibits. Great shop too!
I went to the launch of the refurbished museum and the evening was well organised and very good fun.
The museum didn't disappoint, the new look is really interesting and bright
Written 12 August 2021
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Thank you for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you back very soon!
Written 31 August 2021
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Megan J
Middlesbrough, UK11 contributions
Severely Disappointed.
Aug 2021
Booked online for a Saturday as we had a day off work, and had heard really good reviews. For two people, with a Student discount, the price still came to £21, which although we thought it was a bit expensive, with the reviews we heard we were under the impression it would be worth it.

But we couldn't have been more wrong..

Upon arrival, we put £5 parking on the car in the car park, as the website says you need at least two to make it properly around the museum. Two hours, however, was very liberal.

Upon entrance, we were greeted by a very quiet man who looked like a wax figure who'd been brought to life in the re-creation of Leeds and escaped wearing a staff members' uniform not a two-minute walk away from where we were standing. The museum itself followed suit. Once we collected our entrance tickets we continued...

The highlight of the whole visit was leaving; as the next hour-and-twenty-five minute ordeal was, to say the least, laborious and draining on ones' mental capacity. The initial exhibition of the streets was a welcoming sign to the museum and gave a very false idea of what would follow suit. A five-minute walk through the street was all that it took to complete this segment of the museum tour. Following this, we were met with boredom, disappointment, and repetition of one specific birthing
'apparatus', (for some unknown reason the museum curator LOVES them).

The rest of the museum was, to say the least, disappointing for whatever is advertised on the museum website. For example, the one set featuring doctors holding a girl's leg for amputation that seems to be used across all sites advertising the museum seems to no longer be there.

Continuing the tour of the museum, the interactive exhibits upstairs were lacklustre at best. The x-ray task leaves everything to the imagination, and provided little to no explanation of what exactly you were looking at when viewing the x-ray images. The diagram of the brain that allows you to 'guess' the different lobes of the muscle gives you the descriptions of each part but doesn't give you the right answers, and I doubt any parent letting their child complete it would normally know.

Furthermore, across the exhibits there is a lot of non-linear writing and quotes from past figures, however it seemed to come across as though any child or person who struggles with a learning impediment would struggle to keep up with the large amount of writing across the walls.

Overall, I will not be returning to the Thackray Museum, and would not recommend to any family or friends.
Written 11 August 2021
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Thank you for your review, we take all feedback into consideration and appreciate your time to write this review.
Written 31 August 2021
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Sara A
Staines, UK76 contributions
A thought provoking and relevant museum.
Aug 2021
This is a fascinating and very relevant museum. The downstairs in more child friendly and interactive. The upstairs is thought provoking and interesting. It challenges your thinking about medical practice and how it affects our daily lives. It was moving to see displays relating to our ongoing Covid experience.
The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful.
The only down point is the cafe- fine for a cup of tea, but the sandwiches were not great.
It is a good 10-15 walk out of Central Leeds, but well worth it.
Written 8 August 2021
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Thank you for your review. We love that you felt the content was thought-provoking and challenged your thinking, here at the museum that's what we are all about. We do hope you'll visit us again soon as we'll have lots of thought-provoking events coming up!
Written 31 August 2021
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Master Jonjon
London, UK309 contributions
Let's visit... THACKRAY MUSEUM OF MEDICINE (Leeds) | jonjonexplores...
Jul 2021
WHAT IT IS.

Ground floor: Smelly street scenes from the nineteenth century. Followed by traditional remedies, surgery and public health.

First floor: Medical technology. Medicine and society.
Written 19 July 2021
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Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and have given such a thorough summary of all we have on offer! We hope to welcome you back to the museum soon.
Written 31 August 2021
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Andythebaggie
Birmingham, UK2,212 contributions
Interactive medical museum
May 2021 • Couples
Booked online and visited on a Sunday afternoon. Large pay car park outside the entrance. The building itself used to be the workhouse but is quite a fine work, with sweeping staircases and excellent tiling in places.
The cafe serves decent light meals and snacks all ordered via qr code. The museum has a wide range of exhibits and is quite interactive, including a video of an amputation! There’s sections on medicine, surgery, public health focusing naturally on Leeds. Upstairs are many displays and examples of equipment from across the ages. Makes you realise how lucky we are these days!
Written 23 June 2021
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Thackray Museum of Medicine is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00