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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 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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a very interesting look into the hospitals of yesteryear

a brilliant but sobering experience, some of the exhibits can be a little shocking for younger children. suggest only children over the age of 10, so they can really understand... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Leeds, United Kingdom
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

a brilliant but sobering experience, some of the exhibits can be a little shocking for younger children. suggest only children over the age of 10, so they can really understand what they are seeing.

Thank 319simonp
west midlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Really interesting trip and glad we went . Lots to see and experience - we learnt lots and would recommend to anyone visiting leeds

Thank lolllipop
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely loved this museum. It was interesting, interactive and had so much to see we were there a good three hours. The entrance cost includes free returns for a year and my husband and parents will definitely be returning with our teenagers who were at school the day we visited. If you want to park arrive early as the carpark... More 

Thank Karen K
Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came to look around the wedding fayre and the venue and take some ideas away for the sons up and coming wedding. To be frank I wasn't that impressed with the fayre (there were loads on the same day and two others in Leeds were far better organised and presented) However taking the biscuit was being charged for parking for... More 

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Thackray M, Manager at Thackray Medical Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. As a venue, we host many third party events. These events are not in our control and we have no part in presentation or organisation. We are sorry that you were unimpressed with the fayre and your feedback will be passed to the organisers. We are sorry you felt the car park charges to be... More 

Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting and thought provoking. We have come along way in 150 years or so. I have to admit, it's not for the squeamish. Definitely would visit again.

Thank Craig H
Essex, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum really brings a touch of reality to life in Britain in the early 1800s where infections were rife and sanitation virtually non-existent. There is a mock up of a street complete with smells which is very realistic. There are plenty of interactive exhibits for young children, including the 'Journey of a pea' through the digestive system. 4 stars... More 

Thank from_Essex
Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perfect for school groups and well thought out - they even went to the trouble of replicating smells to get a true feel of how it was in Victorian times - lots to look at and a fine collection of medical instruments down the ages - recommended :)

Thank 885JillianW
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit but with a two-year-old we couldn't read all the information. However she enjoyed the children's part immensely.

Thank Mark D
Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

as the name says this is a local medical museum attached to one of leeds large hospitals st james hospital (jimmys) named after the man who paid for the victorian hospital building.the first section in the museum created the squalor of leeds slums in the mid 1800s with the smell! and the diseases

Thank paul5969
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

What a crazy, wild, interesting place this is. So informative, interesting , hands on , and amazingly jaw dropping. Great day out, you exit through the gift shop so be prepared , not overly expensive but not cheap, cafe nice and again not cheap but ok for quick drink and cake maybe

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