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“Interesting Place to Visit” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Thackray Medical Museum

Thackray Medical Museum
Ranked #5 of 148 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
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Interesting Place to Visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2011

I walked from the centre of Leeds to this museum - about 2 miles out of town in the grounds of the hospital. There was more at the museum than I expected. The ground floor has a re-creation of a Leeds street with sounds/ smells and was very interesting. A little creepy walking through on my own. Then there were some displays about how people accessed healthcare. Upstairs there were displays about surgery and old medical equipment and a children's section also. The cafe was lovely although a bit pricey - the food was freshly made and served to the table. The shop was rather disappointing - just gifts that didn't seem to relate to the museum's theme. Well worth it although a bit expensive at £7 entrance fee because other museums in Leeds are free.

Visited November 2011
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“Excellent Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2011

A real eye opener as to how it was years ago. Fascinating and very educating. Recomment

Visited July 2011
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“worth a visit!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2011

very interesting and realistic exhibits!
well documented information relating to medical practices of previous times to present.

Visited October 2011
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Best museum in Leeds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2011

I've been here a number of times this year with young children. The great thing is that once you've been once you get an open ticket which you can use for the rest of the year.

Downstairs they have recreated the city of Leeds as it used to be and as you follow the cobbled streets around you can find out more about its inhabitants. Its quite realistic and you get sights, sounds and smells, just look out if you try to open the privie door.

My children enjoyed this on one outing but on another visit my eldest was a little scared but it probably depends on the nature of the child as to how they will react to it all.

On the same floor but the other side there is an area specifically for children which has plenty to keep the little ones busy for an hour. There is also a cafe which I found to have great service and plenty to choose from.

Upstairs there is a history of medicine although as I have small children I have avoided the history of operations which looked like it might be a bit gory.

My top tip for children is tocheck in advance about events, as the museum host acivity sessions for children, which I always seem to miss.

The shop is also interesting for a quick look around. Overall a great place to visit especially with children.

Visited September 2011
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“So Interesting and not gorey”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2011

A brilliant and interesting museum. Well laid out and simple to follow. No pickled body parts just a history of medical developments. Very good and good value for money.

Visited October 2011
Thank Millsee9251
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