Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M13 9PL
England

Website

www.manchester.ac.uk/museum

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www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/whatson/e-news/

E-mail

General information

museum@manchester.ac.uk

Telephone

Information Line

0161 275 2648

Education Booking Line

0161 275 2630

Fax

General Office Fax

0161 275 2676

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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Encounter Manchester Museum’s assortment of treasures from the natural world and the many cultures it is home to. Visitor favourites include dinosaurs, mummies and live amphibians and reptiles.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 10:00-17:00
Sun 12:00-16:00

Closed Good Fri, Christmas to New Year

Admission charges

Free entry

Manchester Museum’s collection is made up of 4.5 million items from the natural world and human cultures.

The natural environments collections include Zoology (animals and birds), Vivarium (live amphibians and reptiles), Botany (plants), Entomology (insects), Palaeontology (pre-historic life including fossils and dinosaurs), Geology (the Earth’s materials such as rocks) and Mineralogy (minerals). The human cultures collections include Archaeology (Mediterranean, European and Western Asiatic), Egyptology, Anthropology (people and cultures), Numismatics (money) and Archery.

Made up of a series of impressive Gothic style buildings at the heart of The University of Manchester, the Museum was designed by Alfred Waterhouse in 1885.

The museum’s entire collection is a Designated Collection of national importance.

You can search the Museum's collection via their website - http://emu.man.ac.uk/mmcustom/narratives/ or research objects in the Museum's Collections Study Centre - http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/services/collectionsstudycentre/

Collection details

World Cultures, Weapons and War, Social History, Religion, Natural Sciences, Medicine, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Spider Crab
  • T.rex
  • Vivarium with live snakes, frogs and other reptiles
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
mole manchester museum

From the War of Nature

  • 11 April — 31 August 2014 *on now

Boxing hares, burrowing parasites, baby birds and prowling wolves are just some of the characters appearing in this story of predation, competition, co-operation and collaboration. The exhibition reveals that living things resolve conflict in many, often unexpected, ways and aims to challenge the perception that war an inevitable outcome of conflict. From the War of Nature coincides with the nationwide commemoration of the start of World War I. The title comes from Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, published in 1859. Drawing upon more recent scientific discoveries about the relationships between living things, the exhibition explores the place of war in nature, and the idea of a ‘struggle for existence’.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/

Festival of Archaeology 2014: Whitworth Park: pleasure, play and politics

  • 24 May — 5 October 2014 *on now

Explore how the role of Whitworth Park has changed over time. A local archaeology project, involving a wide range of local people, has drawn together a myriad of objects reflecting the important role that the park has played for the local community over the years revealing some interesting social and local history as well as some surprising secrets about this popular city park.
Finds chart the story of the park from its integral role as part of Whitworth Art Gallery, when it opened in 1890, to its redevelopment and excitement about the park and its future.
Come along to find out about the children's toys recovered by archaeologists and the way these shed light on the relationship between the behaviour expected of visitors to the park and what happened in reality.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cities@Manchester, The Robert Kiln Charitable Trust, Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, the Council for British Archaeology and Council for British Archaeology North West.

Admission

Please check all Festival of Archaeology 2014 event dates, times, booking and admission charges before visiting.

Website

http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/whatson/

Whitworth Park postcard

Whitworth Park: Pleasure, Play and Politics

  • 24 May — 5 October 2014 *on now

This exhibition will examine and explore how the role of Manchester’s Whitworth Park has changed over time. The displays are the result of a local archaeology project and the myriad of objects reflect the important role that the park has played for the local community over the years. Whitworth Park: Pleasure, Play and Politics will appeal to those with an interest in social and local history and reveal some surprising secrets about this popular city park.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cities@Manchester, The Robert Kiln Charitable Trust, the Council for British Archaeology and Council for British Archaeology North West.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/whitworthpark/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
esol classes store room

English Corner

  • 5 August 2014 1-2:30pm

Free English conversation classes using the Museum’s collection as inspiration for discussion. Our English tutor will lead you in activities that will help you practise your speaking and listening skills.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/

Flint

Rock Drop: Geology Identification Sessions

  • 28 August 2014 2-3pm

Our Curator of Earth Sciences, David Gelsthorpe, will be in the Collections Study Centre once a month to answer your questions and identify your rocks and fossils.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/

Storytelling

Magic Carpet

  • 29 August 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Story making and activity sessions For toddlers up to 5yrs and their families/carers (Young babies welcome with older siblings) Book on 0161 275 2648 (from a week before), free, under 5s and their families/carers

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 0-4
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/

Babies in Baby Explorer

Baby Explorers

  • 5 August 2014 10:30am-1:45pm
  • 19 August 2014 10:30am-1:45pm

10.30-11.15am & 11.30am-12.15pm & 1-1.45pm.
Sensory play and interactive story sessions for babies who aren't walking yet. Every other Tuesday (except half term school holidays when there are drop-in sensory play sessions)
Book on 0161 275 2648 (from a week before), free.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/

Girl at Big Saturday

Wonders of the World

  • 21 July — 31 August 2014 *on now

Wonders of the World
Come and get crafty at Manchester Museum this summer. Make junk model creations inspired by the collections.
11am-4pm
Drop in, free
Mon 21 Jul– Sun 3 Aug
Archaeology (& Ancient Worlds)
Mon 4 Aug – Sun 17 Aug
Sealife
Mon 18 Aug – Sun 31 Aug
Animal Kingdom

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/

Dressing up box for travelling the world

Global Explorer

  • 21 July — 29 August 2014 *on now

Mon 21 Jul - Fri 29 August 2014
11am-4pm
Travel the world this summer without leaving Manchester! Go back in time and across the globe. Bring the family and set some Manchester Museum World Records of your own.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/

parent and child at manchester museum

Big Saturday: Travel the World

  • 2 August 2014 11am-4pm

Sat 2 Aug, 11am-4pm
Drop-in, free
Travel the world this summer without leaving Manchester, travelling back in time and across the globe, enjoying and engaging with the varied inspiring objects you can see at the Museum. Make some fascinating creations of your own and enjoy World Music performances.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/

Faience pot

Collection Bites: Out of the Blue

  • 6 August 2014 1-2pm

Collection Bites: Out of the Blue
Wed 6 Aug. 1.05-2pm
Drop in, free
Join Irit Narkiss as she explains her investigative conservation of a Romano-Egyptian faience pot. The development of the Ancient Worlds Galleries was an opportunity to examine and treat some objects that had been in the stores for far too long. Come to hear about the technological characteristics of faience-like materials; discuss the conservation ethos and the conservation process.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/

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Urban Naturalist: Bee Walk

  • 30 August 2014 2-4pm

Manchester is the city of the bees. Join our short walk around the nearby streets to find out more. Bees are industrious pollinators living in a strict social and working hierarchy. Just like the industrial city, they produce many useful and popular products, honey, wax, propolis. Hear more about these and about the delicate balance between our only domesticated insect and the people of Manchester, a balance that is looking distinctly uncertain.

£3

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£3.00, book on 0161 275 2648 or museum@manchester.ac.uk.

Website

http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Discovery Centre

http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/whatson/families/

Drop in to the Discovery Centre for drawing and art activities inspired by The Manchester Museum's collection. Open 11.00-16.00 every Sunday, most Saturdays and during the holidays.

How to obtain

Activities at the Discover Centre are free, drop-in and there is no need to book. Contact museum@manchester.ac.uk for more information.

Big Saturdays

http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/whatson

Once a month The Manchester Museum bursts into life for a Big Saturday with art and craft activities, object handling, performance, talks and tours. They run from 11.00-16.00. Big Saturdays also include activities for adults and interested older children.

How to obtain

Most Big Saturday activities are free and drop-in. Some activities may need to be booked on the day and may cost up to £1.50

Magic Carpet

http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/whatson/families/

On the last Friday of the month, 10.30-11.30am & 11.30am-12.30pm, Magic Carpet introduces Manchester Museum's collection to under 5s with storytelling, art and craft.

How to obtain

Book on 0161 275 2648 a week before the event, free

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