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Thackray Medical Museum

Near St James's Hospital
Beckett Street
West Yorkshire

The Thackray Museum has been England's Small Visitor Attraction of the Year and is a fantastic day out, transporting you into a living experience of health and medicine, past, present and future. It's an inspiring visit for families, children and groups of all ages with plenty of fun and interaction.

Take a walk down a back street of Victorian Leeds, and see hear and smell what life would have been like. Follow the life of a Victorian character in "Living Health" where you can explore the lives, ailments and treatments of eight Victorian characters - you make the choices that determine their survival, amongst the rats, fleas and bedbugs!

Understand how medicine has developed into modern practices - who made these discoveries and what inspired them? See the extensive collection of medical equipment including tools, replacement body parts, aids and the world's largest collection of English Apothecary Jars.

Take an interactive journey though your body and discover how your body works and how to stay healthy, at the Thackray Museum's brand new gallery Life Zone!

You'll follow the journey of a pea through your digestive system, see how your bones move using the bendy backbone, get to test your strength against the mighty muscles, measure how high you can jump in the basketball experience, and see how you taste and chew in the mighty mouth. When you find out how amazing your body is, you'll want to keep it that way!

General Information:

  • All galleries and most exhibits accessible by wheelchair
  • Induction loops are fitted and text versions of all audios are available
  • Full programme of lectures, events and activities for details please visit the museum's website

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  • Directions

    By Bus:
    Frequent services from the centre of Leeds. Numbers 4, 42, 49, 50, 50A, 60. Most services go from stand G4 at the bottom of Eastgate, alternatively you can take the 4 from Boar Lane (near the train station) or from opposite Mecca Bingo at the Coach Station.

    By Car:
    The museum is signposted on the Brown tourist signs in the city centre, you can alternatively follow directions to St James's Hospital on the Green Road Signs. From the centre of Leeds the museum is the next gate on the left after St James's Hospital.

    From the M621 follow signs for York (A64) then follow the brown tourist signs. From the North, take the A58 towards the city then follow the brown tourist signs.

    Thackray Medical Museum Postcode for SatNav: LS9 7LN


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    +44 (0)1132 457 084

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