Manchester Museum

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

Website

www.manchester.ac.uk/museum

Sign up for our enewsletter

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

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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

Daily: 10am-5pm
24-26 Dec, 1 Jan: closed

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.
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Siberia: At the Edge of the World

  • 4 October 2014 — 1 March 2015 *on now

The first exhibition of its kind in the UK, Siberia: At the Edge of the World brings together natural history and cultural objects from British and Russian museums, including a preserved baby mammoth, to tell the story of this vast land and dispel many of its myths. Learn more about the culture and unique biodiversity of this vast, mysterious place one and a half times bigger than Europe.
#MMSiberia

Website

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

Romuald Hazoumè: Dance of the Butterflies

  • 14 February — 31 December 2015

Dance of the Butterflies is a stunning new art work by one of Africa’s foremost contemporary artists Romuald Hazoumè. It features swarms of multicoloured ‘butterflies’ which will take over the Museum’s Living Worlds gallery, interacting with the Museum’s own collections. Hazoumè, whose work was featured in We Face Forward, the Manchester-wide celebration of West African art and culture in 2012, will return to create this work for Manchester Museum. The hundreds of butterflies are made from off-cuts of vibrant African wax-print fabrics from the artist’s home country of Benin. Dance of the Butterflies represents a very African take on politics, exploitation and the ‘butterfly effect’- the way in which tiny impulses within chaotic systems can lead to unexpectedly serious effects. The display opens to coincide with the reopening of the Whitworth, following a £15million redevelopment.

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.

Course: Manchester Museum sings

  • 1 February 2015 2-4:30pm

Sun 1 Feb, 2-4.30pm
Book online at mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or phone 0161 275 2648, free, adults
Fancy an afternoon of singing songs from around the world inspired by the Manchester Museum's collections? Join Caroline Bithell, ethnomusicologist from The University of Manchester and member of the Natural Voice Practitioners' Network, in an afternoon of thrilling rhythms and uplifting harmonies and then become part of a pop-up choir singing in the galleries. Songs will be taught by ear. All levels of singers welcome.

English Corner

  • 3 February 2015 1-2:30pm

Tues 3 Feb, 1-2.30pm
Drop-in, free, adults
Free English conversation classes using the Museum’s collection as inspiration for discussion.

Baby Explorers

  • 3 February 2015 10:30am-1:45pm

Tues 3 Feb, 10.30-11.15am, 11.30am-12.15pm & 1-1.45pm.
Book on 0161 275 2648 (Bookings will be taken a week in advance from 2pm), free
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 11am-2.30pm).

Collection Bites: Rah-rah, Senenmut – Lover of the Egyptian Queen?

  • 4 February 2015 1-2pm

Wed 4 Feb, 1-2pm
Book online at mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or phone 0161 275 2648, free, adults
In 2013, an unassuming stone fragment in the Egyptology stores was identified as part of a statue of one of ancient Egypt’s most famous personalities: Senenmut, chief minister and possible lover of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s female pharaoh. Dr Campbell Price will explain the significance of the statue, and tell the story of an incredible personality from the past – as heard on BBC Radio 4’s “In Our Time”!

Siberia Tours

  • 11 February 2015 1-2pm

Wed 11 Feb, 1pm & Wed 25 Feb, 9am
Book online at mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or phone 0161 275 2648, free, adults
An informal tour of our temporary exhibition ‘Siberia: At the Edge of the World’ by one of the exhibition curators Dmitri Logunov. This photographic and specimen-based exhibition presents the full diversity of Siberia and its complex natural history through stunning photographs of majestic Siberian landscapes, wildlife and local people, combined with numerous museum objects.

From Amulets to Golden Flies: Understanding Egyptian Jewellery

  • 14 February 2015 9:15am-4:30pm

Sat 14 Feb, 9.15am-4.30pm
For details of fees and to book this event, please visit the Egyptology Online website www.egyptologyonline.ls.manchester.ac.uk/events/
Presented by Egyptology Online in association with Manchester Museum and the KNH Centre at The University of Manchester.

Romuald Hazoumè on Dance of the Butterflies

  • 14 February 2015 3-4pm

Saturday 14 February, 3-4pm
Book online at mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or phone 0161 275 2648, free, adults
A talk by one of Africa’s foremost contemporary artists, Romuald Hazoumè, about his stunning new art work, Dance of the Butterflies. Dance of the Butterflies features swarms of multicoloured ‘butterflies’ which will take over the Museum’s Living Worlds gallery, interacting with the Museum’s own collections. Hazoumè, whose work was featured in We Face Forward, the Manchester-wide celebration of West African art and culture in 2012, will return to create this work for Manchester Museum. The hundreds of butterflies are made from off-cuts of vibrant African wax-print fabrics from the artist’s home country of Benin. Dance of the Butterflies represents a very African take on politics, exploitation and the ‘butterfly effect’- the way in which tiny impulses within chaotic systems can lead to unexpectedly serious effects. The display opens to coincide with the reopening of the Whitworth, following a £15million redevelopment.

Romuald Hazoumè: Dance of the Butterflies

  • 14 February — 31 December 2015

Dance of the Butterflies is a stunning new art work by one of Africa’s foremost contemporary artists Romuald Hazoumè. It features swarms of multicoloured ‘butterflies’ which will take over the Museum’s Living Worlds gallery, interacting with the Museum’s own collections. Hazoumè, whose work was featured in We Face Forward, the Manchester-wide celebration of West African art and culture in 2012, will return to create this work for Manchester Museum. The hundreds of butterflies are made from off-cuts of vibrant African wax-print fabrics from the artist’s home country of Benin. Dance of the Butterflies represents a very African take on politics, exploitation and the ‘butterfly effect’- the way in which tiny impulses within chaotic systems can lead to unexpectedly serious effects. The display opens to coincide with the reopening of the Whitworth, following a £15million redevelopment.

Baby Explorers

  • 17 February 2015 11am-2:30pm

Tues 17 Feb, 11am-2.30pm
Drop-in, free
Half term drop-in sensory play sessions for babies who aren't walking yet.

Siberia Tours

  • 25 February 2015 9-10am

Wed 11 Feb, 1pm & Wed 25 Feb, 9am
Book online at mcrmuseum.eventbrite.com or phone 0161 275 2648, free, adults
An informal tour of our temporary exhibition ‘Siberia: At the Edge of the World’ by one of the exhibition curators Dmitri Logunov. This photographic and specimen-based exhibition presents the full diversity of Siberia and its complex natural history through stunning photographs of majestic Siberian landscapes, wildlife and local people, combined with numerous museum objects.

Magic Carpet

  • 27 February 2015 10:30am-12:30pm

Fri 27 Feb, 10.30-11.30am & 11.30am-12.30pm
Book on 0161 275 2648 (from a week before from 2pm), free, under 5s and their families/carers
Story making and activity sessions. For toddlers up to 5yrs and their families/carers (Young babies welcome with older siblings).

Big Saturday: Climate Science Challenge

  • 28 February 2015 11am-4pm

Sat 28 Feb, 11am-4pm
Drop-in, free, all ages
Be a scientist for the day. Join researchers and curators in their quest to explore Earth’s climate. Discover how to reconstruct prehistoric environments, monitor present day conditions and predict future changes. Get to grips with scientific equipment, fossils and field samples or take part in a craft workshop. With activities for all the family.

Early Opening for Early Birds

  • 28 February 2015 9-10am

Sat 28 Feb, 9-10am
Drop-in, free, families with children under 5 and their older siblings
Are you and your young children up with the Larks and excited to get out and about and exploring? Why not come along to Manchester Museum's Nature’s Library gallery for our early opening for early birds? Enjoy self-led tours, object handling and craft activities. (Just the Nature’s Library gallery will be open at 9am - you can explore the rest of the Museum from 10am).

Nature Discovery activities: Paper cut Christmas cards and New Years calendars

  • 20 December 2015

Be inspired by the Museum’s collections and create paper cut Christmas & Thank you cards or New Year’s calendars.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free

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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