Thackray Museum of Medicine

Thackray Museum of Medicine

Thackray Museum of Medicine
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric 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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Hannah W
    York, United Kingdom3 contributions
    Excellent Father Christmas experience
    We visited as a family for the Father Christmas experience. The children (11 and 9) really enjoyed their visit and we thought it was excellent value for money. We booked for 1.30pm, but arrived at 1pm. We were given a time of 2.30 to see Santa and spent the time before this exploring the museum itself, whilst collecting items that Father Christmas had lost. The Father Christmas experience itself lasted just under half an hour and was lovely and relaxed, with a small number of children in each audience. Father Christmas told a story (which included the items the children had collected around the museum) and then went round each child individually to chat to them and give them a gift. There was then a chance for photos. The gifts were of great quality and were age appropriate. Also included with the ticket was a Christmas craft, where children could decorate a wooden sleigh with their initial on to take home to hang on the tree. Overall, we felt this was an excellent christmas experience that caters for children who are older as well as younger.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 December 2022
  • marksimon11-13
    Wirksworth, United Kingdom70 contributions
    Interesting and informative
    Came here with teenage child whose doing their GCSE in history. Teacher suggested a visit. They found it very useful for their studies. But as a family we also enjoyed it. Cafe is also great with very friendly and helpful staff.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 January 2023
  • fifitot
    Lee, United Kingdom87 contributions
    Fabulous visit
    Had a fabulous afternoon at the museum. It was my third visit there, last one been about 3/4 years ago. The museum has been upgraded since I last went and it has been very much improved with something for all ages. I visited with a colleague and three elderly clients. All areas accessible for wheelchairs. We all enjoyed the visit and even had a drink in the cafe. Our taxi was late picking me and my client up and a gentleman let us wait inside even though the museum shut at 5pm. I want to say a big thank you to him, sorry I didn't catch your name but thank you for waiting. If you haven't been for a few years pre covid it is definitely worth a revisit plus your ticket last for a year.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 10 February 2023
  • tessbear9802018
    York, United Kingdom89 contributions
    Excellent museum
    Visited with friends , great museum, really interesting place to visit . Beautiful ceiling as you walk in. Staff very helpful and friendly, did one of the talks again really good. Visited the cafe, decent coffee and the marmite and cheese scone was lush. Definitely worth a visit if in the area.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 March 2023
  • Swedishtomcat
    Diss, United Kingdom3,485 contributions
    A body of knowledge
    We liked the Victorian street in the downstairs section - the archive video of an actual amputation is not for the squeamish. Upstairs features displays of medical equipment. The man with the leaches was an unexpected late morning treat. Tickets purchased in person are valid for a year whereas online tickets are not.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 March 2023
  • yesavnosila
    20 contributions
    Excellent museum to visit
    This was a brilliant museum to visit, cleverly engaging and interactive from the start, really brought Leeds and medical history to life. So much information and loads of exhibits all well presented. Ticket lasts for a year if you want to go back again, so good value for money if local to the area - NHS discount too (May I recommend a feature on the Allied Health Professions if you are looking for something to add...)
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Mikerg86
    Wetherby, United Kingdom14 contributions
    Not what it used to be
    Visited a few times when I younger and came back now to bring my own kids. £35 for a family is good value as it valid for a year, if you plan and coming a few times but for a one off cost not so sure. The museum isnt as good as it used to be. The street at the start is still really good and the way you choose a character to learn about who is engaging and fun. The kids went through a few times to change character. After that though it has lost some of it appeal and interactivity. Lots of glass displays and signs, and the surgery room is not as good with just a video. The cafe is small and for some reasons the cup were incredibly hot to the point of not being able to drink out of the them. Small gift shop on the way out. May use the return ticket as we have it but does only kill an hour or so and being on the edge of Leeds we would have to go out of our way to visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Emma26Oxfordshire_UK
    Oxfordshire, United Kingdom239 contributions
    Great museum
    We visited here on a Tuesday morning and it was quiet and easy to get around. The highlight was the old streets showing what Leeds was like pre the sanitation improvements and the talk by Luke about the myths around left handinesses. He was really knowledgeable and enthusiastic - an asset to the museum. I’d recommend the museum for people of all ages and there was lots to do for children as well.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
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Jenn Cara
Birkenhead, UK66 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
The building is lovely, it's obviously very old. It was very cool to mooch around an old hospital and lots of information was super interesting. I did realy enjoy myself but felt like it was missing something, it would have been cool to see a little more of the building and explore the old sections if there are any.
Written 3 December 2023
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Vikinglongboat
Derby, UK140 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Only visited as I had to drive up from the Midlands for a hospital appointment and noticed this place was just next door. I had seen this place in an episode of 'Most Haunted' too many years ago and thought it would good to squeeze a quick visit in whilst in the area.

The area around Beckett Street / Harehills Road etc is really grim and I genuinely felt unsafe driving through however, the hospital site and museum site are not as bad.

Parking is on site at the museum pay and display.

The museum is very modern and felt very 'sterile', which is appropriate for a medical museum! The exhibit known as 'disease street' was the highlight and was very atmospheric and enjoyable. The remainder of the museum was very well laid out but very uniform and just had lots of exhibits in modern glass casing which soon became a bit 'samey'.

The museum is not that big and although on two floors, it took me about 45 minutes to an hour to get around and see everything.

Gift shop, cafe and toilets here too. All staff very friendly and helpful.

An enjoyable place to visit if in the area but I had expected more for the price paid tbh.
Written 20 November 2023
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Peter H
Halifax, UK1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Solo
This is an interesting museum of medicine in Leeds, right next to St James Hospital. It has its own parking around the front with another car park available further down the road.
The ground floor covers the history of life in Leeds and the advances of medicine and changes made to improve the health of people in Leeds over the centuries.
The first floor has exhibits of medical equipment, technology and changes over the years.
There is also nice little cafe, and a shop for visitors after going round the visits.
A good afternoon out and well worth a visit.
Written 25 October 2023
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Dilios23
Harrold, UK21 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Really interesting and sobering experience. The Victorian street part of the tour was particularly well done and the story of John Snow working out how Cholera spread. We came away feeling very lucky and grateful for 21st Century medicine!
Written 15 October 2023
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Emma26Oxfordshire_UK
Oxfordshire, UK239 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We visited here on a Tuesday morning and it was quiet and easy to get around. The highlight was the old streets showing what Leeds was like pre the sanitation improvements and the talk by Luke about the myths around left handinesses. He was really knowledgeable and enthusiastic - an asset to the museum. I’d recommend the museum for people of all ages and there was lots to do for children as well.
Written 3 October 2023
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Happy campist
20 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Our first visit since the refurbishment and we were quite disappointed. The kids pack was pretty pointless, it had a large die with coloured circles but no indication of how to use it. Disease street is still very good, but the rest is poor. Too much behind glass, even the things you can touch are so nailed down that it’s not interesting. It honestly seems like there’s a lot fewer exhibits just spread out. Staff don’t seem to know where things are, I asked for the nearest toilet for my grandson in his wheelchair and was sent down a floor and we later found a disabled toilet next to the reception!
To be honest I found both exhibits and shop emphasising sexual health and gender too much.
Cafe is uninspiring, only really offer sandwiches and nearly £6 for two slices of bread is a bit steep. Only saw the specials board after we were paying. Very little choice for kids too, one option of crisps, two options for fruit, juice and sandwiches.
The play area was ok, more for under 3s than under 5s. And the shop is a fraction of what it used to be. All in all we were very disappointed and struggled to fill the time we’d allocated ourselves based on the website.
Written 5 September 2023
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Mikerg86
Wetherby, UK14 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Visited a few times when I younger and came back now to bring my own kids. £35 for a family is good value as it valid for a year, if you plan and coming a few times but for a one off cost not so sure. The museum isnt as good as it used to be. The street at the start is still really good and the way you choose a character to learn about who is engaging and fun. The kids went through a few times to change character. After that though it has lost some of it appeal and interactivity. Lots of glass displays and signs, and the surgery room is not as good with just a video.
The cafe is small and for some reasons the cup were incredibly hot to the point of not being able to drink out of the them.
Small gift shop on the way out.
May use the return ticket as we have it but does only kill an hour or so and being on the edge of Leeds we would have to go out of our way to visit.
Written 3 September 2023
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Vanessa
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
We were previously really big fans of this museum unfortunately I was disappointed to visit some years later to find that its upgrade has removed some of the best exhibits.

Firstly, the museum has lost all sense of chronology. As a history teacher of Medicine Through Time, this is a very important part to understanding progress in medical prevention, treatment and surgery. Previously, I would take students on school trips here to enhance their understanding now I would be hesitant to.

As a consequence, the Museum seemed to focus on modern medicine with very little reference to early medical theories - the four humours is referenced in a very small display at the end of a corridor? Bizarre when throughout the rest of the museum this theory underpins a lot of the medical treatments on display.

The medicine on the Front exhibit although happy to see was small and didn’t emphasis how crucial it was for medical advancement.

A lot of the interactive exhibits have been replaced. Although, disease street remains a great start to the museum this is the only truly interactive part to the experience.

With the price of ticket and the additional £4 parking we were also disappointed to only spend an hour and a half (excluding lunch). The gift shop also had no relevance to the content of the museum.

Written 1 September 2023
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Jim C
Ruskington, UK8 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
A superb museum! My daughter wanted to visit a science based museum but something more suited to older teens, this was perfect! The journey thorough medical history and developments was fascinating and made you appreciate the huge advances over time. Excellent displays and just the right amount of information; equally the curators were knowledgeable and keen to share their stories. We chanced across the museum after an internet search. A hidden gem that deserves more exposure.
Written 29 August 2023
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angela i
Leeds, UK11 contributions
Jul 2023
go visit this museum it good id recommend it to any one gofor childrens educations and see what it was like
Written 26 August 2023
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