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Thackray Medical Museum

Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7LN, England
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Ranked #16 of 104 Attractions in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We spent a very enjoyable visit to your museum with our 2 daughters 13 and 6 years. We all thought the exhibits were excellent and really found the 1842 street an eye opening experience, upstairs also didnt disappoint us. my husband and i worked in a hospital theatre many years ago and found looking at all the old equipment and... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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266 reviews 266 reviews
123 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Visited here as we had taken my sister for a hospital appointment so decided to have lunch here. What a lovely tasty lunch served by friendly staff. The television was on so we were entertained and no problem we stayed even after finishing our meal. Plenty of safe car parking. Will definitely go again and would like to visit the... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I've lived in leeds over 20 years and never been here before, more fool me! What a fantastic afternoon out! I went with my parents and my 2 kids who are 7 &5 and all of us loved it. There is loads to do that appeals to all ages. None of us got bored once and we spent 3 hours... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
15 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

When in Leeds you must go to the Thackray Medical Museum its absolutely Brilliant place for adults and kids. Located just outside the centre of Leeds next to St James's Hospital, better known as Jimmy's. The building is a Grade 2 listed building, former Leeds Union Workhouse built in 1858. It's car park is right out and safe. When you... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We visited with a 14 year old teenager and the museum managed to hold her attention despite her initial assessment (within 30 seconds of walking through the door!) being "Boring!" The first section was the most interesting for me. You get to understand how the horrifically overcrowded conditions in Leeds of the "labouring classes" in the mid-1800s led to the... More

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12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Tucked away in subyrban part of the city this museum in it's imposing Victorian premises is something a bit different. The museum has obviously realised the need to engage with its audience and there are lots of child friendly exhibits where they are encouraged to do stuff, and a fair number of interactive displays for all ages. There is however... More

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Thirsk, England, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I visited this medical museum with my 2grandchildren and daughter.Blake who was 5 soon got bored but Rosemary 8 was very interested.so was I. Lots of interactive things and abit of reading as well.there were some areas more suited to younger children where they made stuff but we chose not to do this.to get the full benefit of this museum... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This museum is huge and well worth a visit. I have taken my niece and nephew several times and they loved it. There are lots of interesting exhibits and interactive parts to it. Well worth a visit and the cafe is also decent and has a good range of kids food.

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York, United Kingdom
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23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Waiting for a colleague at St James Hosp. Leeds I decided to visit the museum that is situated beside St. James. Not being medically minded or trained I thought it would be boring, how wrong I was. It describes the progress of medicine and have so many different displays. My favourite was walking through an 1800's street and the information... More

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I visited here today with my mum and two children (10 and 6), we weren't disappointed! The building is absolutely beautiful, worth seeing even if you don't go in! Situated next door to St James hospital, we caught the number 16 bus from Leeds city centre (just outside the bus station) and were there within 5 minutes. You could walk... More

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