Thackray Museum of Medicine

Immerse yourself in our imaginative and exciting galleries, from the history of healthcare to the advances that have shaped the way we look after ourselves, and each other.

Wander through the grimy streets of Victorian Leeds, watch gruesome operations taking place in our 19th-century operating theatre, visit a seventies-style sexual health clinic, chart how well the world responds to crisis, and discover the medical innovations that changed the world.

Through play, creativity, talks, experiences, social events and formal education, we’re both a place to pay fitting tribute to our health heroes and inspire the next generation of big thinkers.

Volunteers are a valued part of our team at Thackray and we’d love to hear from you, whether you can spare a couple of hours a month to assist in our archives, or a day or two to greet visitors. We welcome everybody, so talk to us about how we can work together to keep inclusion at the heart of what we do.