Thackray Museum of Medicine

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Enjoy a journey into the fascinating world of medical history at Thackray Museum of Medicine, Leeds. After a transformative £4 million redevelopment, the museum invites visitors to immerse themselves in groundbreaking medical narratives and innovations.

Experience Interactive and Engaging Exhibits

  • Stroll down the atmospheric streets of Victorian Leeds.
  • Witness historical medical procedures in a reconstructed 19th-century operating theatre.
  • Explore a 1970s-inspired sexual health clinic.
  • Learn about global responses to medical crises.
  • Discover groundbreaking medical innovations that reshaped healthcare.

The galleries are a blend of imagination and education, covering the evolution of healthcare and its impact on our lives.

Educational and Inspirational

Thackray Museum is not just an exhibit space but a hub for learning and inspiration. Through interactive play, engaging talks, and social events, healthcare pioneers are honoured and spark the curiosity of future innovators.

Key Milestones

Originally supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Thackray Museum quickly became the UK’s leading independent medical museum. Noteworthy achievements include:

  • National Portfolio Organisation status by Arts Council England (2018).
  • Reopening in May 2021 post-refurbishment and COVID-19 delays.
  • Finalist for the Art Fund Museum of the Year Prize (2021).


Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 5pm (last admission at 4.15pm).

Allocate at least two hours for a complete tour. Preview the exhibits through an online gallery tour.

Location: Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN.

Special Offer: Residents and workers in Harehills enjoy free entry on Mondays.

Admission Details

An annual pass allows unlimited visits for 12 months.

    • Adult: £11.95
    • Child (5-16): £8.95
    • Under 5s: Free

Sparks! Play Area and The Café

After exploring, relax in the café with a selection of healthy, locally-sourced refreshments, or let your kids enjoy the Sparks! Play Area.

Parking and Accessibility

Convenient onsite pay and display parking available. For accessibility information, please visit this Facilities and Accessibility page.


Thackray Museum of Medicine, Beckett Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 7LN
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