We are delighted to be the winning tip from Guardian readers as one the best family friendly museums in the country

"The Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds does an incredible job of helping kids to understand how lucky they are to have vaccinations, antibiotics and even the basics, such as clean water. It’s a Victorian street complete with smells and printed cards (describing nasties like bed bugs), plus it highlights the horrors of cholera and there’s a chance to pick a character and see whether you survived or not. My 18-year-old daughter is adamant her love of science began there 10 years ago."

Family Activities



    • February Half Term

    12 – 23 February (Weekdays)

    Have you got the skills needed to work in an operating theatre? Is there a budding surgeon in your family?  Find out by taking part in Junior Surgeon this February Half Term.  

    These hands-on family workshops are perfect for inquisitive children who would like to know more about how their body works. With the help of an expert, you will be led through the dissection of a kidney to understand how it functions, before getting the chance to stitch it back together again using techniques used in real life surgery.

    What will it cost?
    Normal museum admission charges apply and there is an additional charge of £3 per kidney payable on arrival at the workshop. Don't forget that if you already have an annual ticket, then admission to the museum is free and you will only need to pay for the workshop.

    Workshops will take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

    How to book:
    A limited number of places are available to book in advance and the rest will be available to sign up to on the day.  Due to space restrictions, when booking your place please only book one kidney per group rather than one kidney per child. Please note that children must be supervised by an adult. Adults may supervise up to 3 children, but we will only issue one scalpel per adult.

    If you would like to reserve a place, please click here. Please only book one place per group rather than multiple tickets. Please call 0113 244 4343 if you need help with booking.

    Once your place is reserved, you will then need to pay on arrival. Places cannot be held and if you have not arrived 5 minutes prior to the workshop start time, your place will be reallocated.  Once advance reservations are fully booked, the remaining places will be available to book on arrival at the museum, on a first come first served basis.  Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.


    • Pets as Therapy Day

    Saturday 17th March

    How are animals good for our health? Find out by meeting some beautiful therapy ponies from KL Pony Therapy and discover more about their work in care homes and as "guide" ponies for the partially sighted.


    • Easter

    2 - 13 April (Weekdays)

    What happens to our bodies in space? How do people survive in extreme heat, cold and altitude? Discover some of the equipment that you might take on an expedition where your body is pushed to the limits. Test your skills on a climbing wall - selected dates only.

    • Be transported to Everest basecamp and try out the specialist equipment that you would need to survive on an expedition. Impress your friends with pictures of your adventure!

    • Learn how the RNLI save lives at sea. Discover the equipment and techniques that lifesavers use when someone gets in trouble in cold water.

    • Experience what could happen to your body if you went into outer space

    • Take a test to see whether you might survive best in the desert, up a mountain, in space or in the Artic.


    • May Half Term

    28 May - 1 June

    Meet a walking, talking robot and learn how robots can be used to perform surgery. Make your own robot to take home.


    • Summer

    23 July - 31 August (Weekdays)

    Investigate the links between electricity and the body. Play a game of Giant "Frankenstein" Operation and take part in a coding, animation or electronics workshop. Plus lots more!


    • October Half Term

    22 October - 2 November (Weekdays)

    Use make-up techniques from stage and film to create Smallpox blisters, Black Death buboes or gangrenous wounds.



We are now affiliated with Leeds Children’s University