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“Living in the past!”

Thackray Medical Museum
Ranked #7 of 159 things to do in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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
Reviewed 13 May 2014

We loved walking through the "village" of old sordid streets, seeing how the Irish immigrants lived (we descend from them on my father's side). All the diseases, etc. Lovely! There is so much to see at the Thackray that time ran out...

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Reviewed 5 May 2014

I visited here with my 8yr old son as it was on his list of places to visit. I had explaind to him beforehand what is was about and that it might be scarey but he insisted he wanted to go. The staff were really polite and helpful. The start of the exhibitions were life sized models with the smells and sounds which scared my little boy so much that we had to quickly bypass them. The rest of the museum is great. He loved all the hands on exhibits, where you could feel and smell the items. Unfortunately, some of the exhibits were broken, at least there were signs telling you this but it was still a shame. He found it really interesting how certain parts of the body moved and how things were done years ago. I also found it interesting and would probably go again, only I would leave it till he was older.

1  Thank Lynne M
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

We called in here for lunch having spent the morning at the hospital and needing to go back after lunch so it was convenient. We both had salads which were full and really attractive to look at too. Reasonably priced too.

1  Thank 1Lesley
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

My 11 yr old daughter enjoyed it, though found some of the exhibits a bit scary or smelly. A surprising number of exhibits were broken, which seems par for the course judging by other reviews. But we really enjoyed the interactive area (watched the graphic video of an intestinal tract with grim fascination).

Genuinely amazed by the cafe. Despite almost no customers being in, nearly all the tables were coated with crumbs and had obviously not been wiped down since the nineteenth century! Maybe they are developed as exhibits?!

On a brighter note, the staff at the reception desk were really bright and welcoming and friendly!

Thank KW19662014
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Interesting and unusual museum covering the history of medicine and surgery. The recreation of Leeds in 1842 is brilliant, and following the stories of named individuals makes it engaging for children and adults. Plenty of other things to see, far too much to take in a couple of hours. Nice to finish the trip at the cafe which has decent food at reasonable prices.

2  Thank RiddleyWalker
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