Days Out: Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds

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Take a step into the Thackray Medical Museum and a virtual step back in time as you’re transported to Victorian Leeds – complete with all the authentic sounds and smells of the 1800s.

The museum is a unique visitor attraction and a fantastically interactive way to discover all about the incredible world of medicine and how it has progressed over the centuries.

The building itself holds plenty of history – a 150-year-old Grade II listed structure, it was formerly the Leeds Union Workhouse.

One of the largest medical museums in the UK, it opened in 1997.

Some of the displays are particularly graphic, focussing on the squallor of 18th and 19th Century Leeds.

It also includes an interactive children’s gallery.

Inside, its nine interactive galleries transport you back to the grimy streets of Leeds in 1842.

Take to trip to the Victorian quack doctor, but beware, will the prescribed cure make you better or worse?

Discover what it was like to undergo an operation without an anaesthetic and using a Victorian doctor’s tools - complete with all the gruesome sound effects.

As you travel forwards in time, find out about the scientific discoveries and innovations that have changed all our lives for the better – and how medicine will change out future.

It’s an incredible story with fun displays telling a story that affect us all.

There are special events on Saturdays aimed at families, regular workshops and a series of lectures. The museum also runs ‘autism friendly’ quiet days.


Opening: Daily 10am-5pm, last admission 4.15pm

Prices: Adult £8, Children £5, Children under 5: free. Family tickets available.

Address: Thackray Medical Museum, Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN

Parking: £1 for an hour