Group visits

We’d be delighted to welcome your group to the museum for a fascinating and relaxed day out. Whether you are interested in medical and healthcare specialties, local and workhouse history or just want somewhere interesting to meet, we’d be happy to help you tailor arrangements for your group.

You’ll find key information below and on the pdf download. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Key information

  • Self-led visit for 10 people or more: £9.50 per adult, £6.95 per child (5-16)– visit our two floors of exhibitions at your own pace and relax in the café and shop at leisure.  We are open 10 – 5 (last admission 4.15) and are happy to discuss the best time for your visit. We are usually quieter from 2pm when schools have gone home.
  • Self-led visit with a group talk for 10 visitors or more: £14.95 per adult – as well as exploring the exhibitions meet a member of our Curatorial or Life Long Learning team to get a real insight into one of the following topics:

Bloody Barbers and Splattered Surgeons

Using objects from our collection, this informative, theatrical talk will bring to life the history of the barber-surgeon, from tearing teeth and bloodletting to bone setting. Travel from Roman York to Medieval London and beyond as we discover the origin of and role of this iconic historical oddity. This talk is complemented by rarely seen objects from our stores and will be an opportunity for the visitor to contemplate their next visit to the hairdresser’s.

This is an approximately 40-minute seated talk, followed by 20 minutes for visitors to ask questions and view the objects up close. Maximum capacity 40 people.

The Front Line: Medical Museum or War Hospital?

Few know that during the First World War, the site of the Thackray Museum was the East Leeds War Hospital. Join us for a tour that explores the experience of real soldiers sent here to be treated. We will hear about their battle wounds; the care provided and reveal the outcome of their time at the war hospital. The tour is guided by a member of staff with a keen interest in military history and ancestry. It will be supplemented by contemporary photographs, poetry, and objects.

This is an approximately a 35–40-minute guided tour of the museum, followed by 20 minutes for visitors to ask questions and view a range of First World War-related objects. Maximum capacity 20 people.

  • Free entry for coach/minibus drivers.
  • Free planning visit for one organiser and one free entry for the group visit.
  • Download our handy PDF HERE.