Thackray Medical Museum

With nine interactive galleries to explore, Thackray Medical Museum offers a unique day out for all the family. Explore Leeds in 1842, discover how scientific breakthroughs have changed our lives and explore how your body works in our Life Zone gallery.

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    Just a few minutes from Leeds city centre and housed in one of the most impressive Victorian buildings in Leeds, Thackray Medical Museum is the only museum of its kind in the North of England. Formerly the Leeds Union Workhouse, this impressive Grade 2 listed building in now home to a unique attraction that offers an entertaining day out for all the family.


    Leeds 1842
    Let us transport you back to the dirt and grime of Victorian Leeds. Take a walk down the streets of 1842 and be surrounded by the smells and sounds of Victorian life. How did people really live and what was making them ill? Will you survive Victorian healthcare? Take a visit to 1842 and find out.

    Hannah Dyson’s Ordeal
    Enter the world of surgery before the discovery of anaesthetics. In this unique audio visual display, you will experience first-hand the horror of 1840s surgery.

    Disease in Retreat
    Find out how scientific discoveries helped us to understand disease and revolutionise medicine. How did the discovery of vaccines and antibiotics change our lives?

    Recovery? From Flanders to Afghanistan
    Marking the centenary of the First World War, this exhibition explores the relationship between medicine and war and the key medical advances that emerged from the 1914-18 war. Created in collaboration with veterans and serving personnel.

    Life Zone!
    What happens to a pea after it has been swallowed? How many teeth do we have? How does the heart pump blood? Find out the answers to all these questions and more by exploring this interactive children’s gallery.

    With nine interactive galleries to explore, there is plenty to keep everyone entertained.

    Pricing Information

    Adult £8, Concession £7, Child under 5 free, Child £5, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £24.50, Family (2 adults and 3 children) £28

    Opening Times

    10am - 5pm seven days a week

    Open until 8.30pm every third Thursday of the month

    Closed 24 - 26 Dec, 31 Dec and 1 Jan


    Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN


    We are next to St James’s Hospital in Leeds, two miles from the city centre and easily reached by road and public transport.

    Frequent bus services run from Leeds city centre. Numbers 16, 42, 49, 50, and 50A all stop outside.

    If travelling by road via the M621, follow the signs for York (A64) then follow the brown tourist signs.

    From the north, take the A58 towards Leeds, and then follow the brown tourist signs.

  • Facilities
    • Accessible by Public Transport
    • Guide Dogs Welcome
    • Disabled Access
    • Off Site Parking
    • Disabled Toilets
    • On Site Parking
    Attraction: Facilities
    • Baby Changing Facilities
    • Shop
    • Toilets
    • Cater for Corporate Events
    • Conference Facilities
    • Single Sex Groups Welcome
    • Cater for Educational Groups
    • Groups Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Pre visit Available
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