Thackray Medical Museum Leeds

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.