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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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Interesting visit for all

Highly recommended for anyone with or without an interest in medical science. Lots to see and plenty of opportunities for children to interact and learn. Great pot room upstairs... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Highly recommended for anyone with or without an interest in medical science. Lots to see and plenty of opportunities for children to interact and learn. Great pot room upstairs and auditorium showing quite grafic operations. Makes you value the health service we now have.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went on a family excursion on a rainy January Monday, and were not expecting such a wide-ranging and engaging experience. The kids loved all of it, but especially the child-focused room at the end. Lovely cafe. Will be back when my parents visit and we can focus more on the in-depth presentations.

Thank May_bbs
Keighley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the museum with my 16 year old daughter. Lots to see and perfect for those who have younger children!!

Thank sarahbh1975
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good place to go and learn about Leeds in times gone by. There is plenty to interactive entertain children and adults. The cafe area is nice and clean and serves good food. There is also a gift shop.

Thank Dawn P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating stuff, well displayed and informative. The exhibit about the use of antibiotics was an eye opener.

Thank Joan F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a healthcare professional it was really interesting to see the past equipment, som ot so very different to that seen now and some so very different. So pleased I live in th here and now.

Thank Tina C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My 3 daughters loved this place. THe staff on reception (young lad called Steven)!made the visit that much more pleasurable getting the girls really excited and filling them with handy little facts about the museum and its history. The museum its self is really interesting. My 8 year old really loved learning about the different medicines and how they have... More 

Thank Cherelle M
Todmorden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

You start with a realistic victorian slum, giving a real feeling of how grim life was. Then you hit the development of medicine, with herbalists and quacks and home remedies for common ailments on display. Then the development of surgery, with instruments and kit and moving into modern treatment of PTSD in soldiers and a section on childbirth. Children well... More 

Thank JCTod
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

The museum is full of dentist equipment and many medical implements such as hospital beds and x ray machines and there are many galleries.

Thank Ethan E
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016 via mobile

Really fascinating museum with friendly staff, great scene setting and interactive exhibits. The collections and exhibits are interesting and nicely displayed. I will go back with my husband some time. Lots to interest kids and appealed to a group of teenagers who were there when I visited

Thank Jan W

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