Fantastic Plastic

What scent should a medical face mask have? Which material would you choose to make a replacement hip? Come and learn from the experts!
 
Today, we take plastic for granted, but it plays a key role in modern medicine and is at the heart of today’s life-saving operations. This exciting and interactive exhibition will help you explore the many different ways it has helped to advance the care and treatment of patients.
 
You’ll have the opportunity to touch and feel the PVC and plastics that are now so widely used in surgical procedures, from the patient’s face mask and surgeon’s operating scalpel, to the floor of the operating theatre itself.


Exhibitions and events

Leeds 1842

Permanent exhibition

The sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian street in Leeds will transport you back in time to 1842 and we’ll introduce you to a range of characters who lived there at the time.   Queen...

Health Choices

Permanent exhibition

In Victorian times there was a cure for everything – at least, that’s what many of the quacks and chemists of the time claimed!    This exhibition explores the choices on offer...

Disease in Retreat

Permanent exhibition

Disease in Retreat is a great antidote to our crowded and disease-ridden Victorian street! Here you can find out how scientific discoveries gradually led to a greater understanding of disease and a...

Life Zone

Permanent exhibition

Younger visitors love exploring Life Zone!   Fun, educational and interactive, kids have a great time finding their way around the colourful, hands-on exhibits and learning more about how their...

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Activities from this museum

School visits

The Thackray Medical Museum opens its doors to 20,000 school students every...


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