Be transported to the grimy streets of Leeds in 1842 and explore the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian life.  Meet the characters that live there and find out what life was really like. Discover how scientific breakthroughs have changed our lives, learn about the history of childbirth, find out about advances in surgical techniques and explore your body in our Life Zone gallery. 
There is an amazing amount to see and do, so don’t forget that your admission ticket lasts for a whole year – you can visit again as many times as you wish.

NEW FOR 2017

Thackray Uncovered

13th March - 30th June
See objects from our collections uncovered and reimagined.  We are working with three artists who have created new installations to explore and complement the museum's medical collections.  By exploring our museum stores and taking inspiration from the intriguing and wonderful objects housed within, the artists have created new pieces of art to be displayed in the galleries. Access to this fantastic new exhibition is included with your admission ticket.


Permanent exhibitions


Health Choices


Leeds 1842


Disease in Retreat


Hannah's Ordeal


Pain, Pus and Blood


Life Zone!


New Frontiers of Surgery


Having a Baby


Wilkinson Apothecary Gallery


Recovery? From Flanders to Afghanistan