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Thackray Medical Museum 141 Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN

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PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

A visit to Thackray Medical Museum allows students to immerse themselves in the incredible world of medicine. The museum covers medical developments from the Victorian period right through to modern day surgery and techniques.

Listed under: History | Science | Day Trip Destinations | Historic Buildings | Museums | Technology

What we offer

Explore a recreated Victorian slum street, find out about scientific discoveries that have changed the world and investigate surgery from the Victorian era to the present day. Suitable for Key Stage 1 right through to secondary and FE and HE, the museum offers a range of packages to suit each area of study.

Some of the main themes include:
Public health in the 1800s and Victorian healthcare
Scientific discoveries including vaccines and antibiotics
Surgery pre-anesthesia and antiseptics
Innovations in surgery
Modern day surgery and the impact of plastics on medicine
Medicine and conflict
Having a baby
How the body works and how to stay healthy (a gallery aimed at younger children)

The museum offers a range of workshops and resources. For full details please see our website or speak to our learning team on 0113 244 4343.

What makes us a great choice?

Situated in the old Leeds Union Workhouse, Thackray Medical Museum is the only museum of its kind in the North of England. The combination of stimulating settings and hands-on exhibitions appeal to students of all ages, abilities and learning styles.

Accreditation and Awards

The museum has been awarded the Sandford Award for Heritage Education for a number of years. This is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across the British Isles.

Group Sizes Catered For

We can accommodate up to 200 students in the galleries. Workshops take a maximum of 36 per group, however we can run more than one workshop per day. Please check with the education team for full details.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

We have a range of paper resources for different Key Stages which complement a museum visit. These can be purchased via our website or in the museum shop.

For those teaching the new GCSE History specifications, we have a range of new resources including lesson plans, images from the museum galleries, scripted dramas, interactive online trails, timelines and AV clips. Please speak to our education department for further information.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

You are welcome to take video and photographs in the galleries, but please speak to a member of staff before taking photos or filming in the workshops.

Risk Assessment Details

We provide guidelines for risk assessment, but we encourage teachers to complete their own risk assessments prior to a visit. We allow two teachers to come free of charge on a familiarisation visit to allow for full planning and risk assessment.

Education Officer Information

Our Education Bookings Officer is Marie Sutton-Chidwick. Call 0113 244 4343 or email 

Pricing Information

Primary Schools:
Entry to the museum: £4.50 per student
Two hour workshops: an additional £2 per student
One hour talks and tours: an additional £1 per student

Secondary Schools:
Entry to the museum: £5.95
Two hour workshops: an additional £2 per student
One hour talks and tours: an additonal £1 per student

Please check on booking for the number of free teachers you will receive for your group size.

Clothing Requirements

No specific clothing is required, but please feel free to come dressed up for the Florence Nightingale, Victorians and Workhouse Workshops.

First Aid Information

We have first aiders on site.

Available Facilities

We have a shop on site with lots of pocket money items and we can arrange for goody bags to be ready to collect on the day if you do not have time to visit the shop during your visit. We have a cafe on site and you can pre-order food which we will have ready at a specified time. Lunchrooms are available to pre-book for packed lunches.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

The museum is fully accessible with a level access toilet and a lift to the first floor. Hearing loops are available on the galleries. Please make our staff aware on booking of any special requirements within your group.

Opening Hours & Information

We are open seven days a week from 10am-5pm and until 8.30pm on the third Thursday of every month.


This really brought to life what they had learnt in school North Rigton Primary School

Very informative, interesting and educational. The examples used illustrate the ideas behind medical practice well. Hillsborough College

The whole group gave the workshop 10 out of 10. One child said it was magic? and a number of pupils said it was the best visit ever?. Swain House School

The children were buzzing with enjoyment! They were kept busy the whole time and two hours whizzed by ever so quickly. A very enjoyable morning and very educational too! Carlinghow Princess Royal School

Brilliant, fun introduction to the topic. Very hands-on. Crossley Street Primary School

It went down really well; the students were buzzing afterwards! We stood outside the museum and carried on discussions. Leeds Institute of Health Sciences

An excellent visit which our students greatly enjoyed. They learnt a lot from you! Queen Elizabeth Grammar School

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