Thackray Medical Museum


The Thackray Museum of Medicine is the UK’s largest independent medical museum,
and a place that inspires people with the passion and purpose of medicine and healthcare – past, present and future.

Situated in the bustle of a lively East Leeds inner-city community, and adjacent to St James’s Hospital – Europe’s largest teaching hospital, the Museum showcases innovation and collaboration in medical endeavour through its collection of over 50,000 objects and some 23,000 written works, covering all aspects of the history of medicine.

Open to the public year-round, seven days a week, the Museum’s exhibitions and programmes are built on the foundation of democratising the collection and co-curating with our community. Medicine touches the lives of all humankind, and the museum uses its collection as a focal point to share stories through people from all parts of society, past and present.

As an independent museum and registered charity, our income comes from a range of sources including public and private funding alongside our museum admissions, building hires, café sales and our onsite shop.