Thackray Museum of Medicine wins VisitEngland Gold

The Thackray Museum of Medicine is honoured to announce that it has been recognised with a Visitor Attraction Accolade Gold Award in the recently released Visitor Attraction Accolades for 2022–2023.

These awards highlight the high calibre and variety of visitor experiences available across the nation, so we’re delighted to see our name mentioned! This follows an exciting year of activities since re-opening in May 2021. There was the £4 million refurbishment that saw our galleries redeveloped by over 200 members of the museum’s local community and our European Museum of the Year commendation earlier in the year. 

Why did the Thackray Museum of Medicine win?

The winning attractions have gained the accolades based on scores received following their annual VisitEngland Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme assessments.  Marks were allocated to the 91 attractions for the outstanding experiences they provide to visitors across categories including Welcome, Best Told Story, Quality Food & Drink, Hidden Gem and Gold for overall winners.

The Thackray Museum of Medicine has a jam-packed event calendar coming up, with family-friendly activities, the resumption of their Insight Lecture series exploring medical innovations, a packed October Half-term programme and Christmas at Thackray presenting a 90 minute family interactive experience. With the opening of groundbreaking exhibitions for both families and adults, 2024 is set to be another huge year.

“We are on track to receive 65,000 visitors through our doors this year – the highest in our history – and visitor experience has always been at the forefront of a Thackray visit. Whether touring the museum and our insightful exhibitions, or enjoying our wonderful café and shop, our brilliant, creative and committed team of staff and volunteers will always offer the warmest welcome. It is brilliant to have received this Visit England Gold accolade in recognition of just that.”

Edward Appleyard, Chief Executive of Thackray Museum of Medicine