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Thackray Medical Museum

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Address: 141 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

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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Good medicine museum but not something that'll take a full day.

Good catalogue of medical history, much of it aimed at the younger museum-goer. Clean facilities and restaurant on site. The Victorian streets was a particular favourite of our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Dave T
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good catalogue of medical history, much of it aimed at the younger museum-goer. Clean facilities and restaurant on site. The Victorian streets was a particular favourite of our visit and the goriness of it all was a sight to see. If there's any criticism it's that it barely took us an hour to get from one end to the other... More 

Thank Dave T
Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went here for an afternoon, but wished I could have stayed longer, as there was so much to do! There were so many exhibits that would be really appropriate for adults and children of all ages, and I would definitely come back here with my whole family to spend a full day here. The only downside was that you... More 

Thank Abeejoy
Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Some sections were interesting but many of the interactive stations were not working. The recreation of an 1800 (right century?) street terrified our 5 and 8 year olds and even I got spooked when I found myself left behind in there!! But they had great fun in the human body area. Cafe food not suitable for children: doorstop sandwiches and... More 

Thank Carolinevc1
east yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised how good the museum was! Very informative and interesting too! All displays were well maintained and set out. Possibly a bit gruesome in parts for young children though! The cafe was nice but over a bit over priced. The parking isn't free! At £2 on top of your admission fee I feel it is a rip... More 

Thank shortyclairebear
Worksop, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We found the Thackray Museum very interesting. From ages 9-46 it was enjoyed by all. Made us feel very lucky to be able to live how we do nowadays! My son was fascinated by how different things used to be, although I'm not sure he enjoyed the amputation part, it was rather gory! The staff were all friendly and helpful,... More 

Thank urbansmummy
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has many different interesting topics re health and disease from centuries ago to the present day. There are also lots of interactive themes for children. We especially liked the old fashioned village which has all the noises and smells of years gone by. The cafeteria has very good food at reasonable prices and the staff are very friendly... More 

Thank 548suzy1
Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place to take children on a rainy afternoon. They have various craft activities in place at the weekend which is great fun. Sompe parts of the museum are unsuitable for younger children but it's easy to miss those bits.

Thank sarahloo1982
Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this. It's lies in my areas of interest, however my husband and daughter really enjoyed it as well. Friendly, good value, well worth a visit. Makes one appreciate how lucky we are to live in the current era.

Thank kldd333
York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fab museum. Start off with the slums of Victorian Leeds (kids loved the privies but not the smells), choose a character when you go in and find out cures on your way and how they died. Work your way through the years of breakthroughs in medical science. Lots of interactive things for the children and things to do and touch.... More 

Thank NikNoble
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Past present and future medical practices are explained here. The ground floor is the best for history with a walk through of historical leeds. For medical students you will love the first floor. There's an amputation as you arrive on the first floor might be too scary for the very young

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