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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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

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.
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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.
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English Corner

  • 2 September 2014 1-2:30pm
  • 7 October 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

  • 30 October 2014 2-3pm

Our Curator of Earth Sciences, David Gelsthorpe, will be available 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 *on now
  • 26 September 2014 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 31 October 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

  • 2 September 2014 10:30am-1:45pm
  • 16 September 2014 10:30am-1:45pm
  • 30 September 2014 10:30am-1:45pm
  • 14 October 2014 10:30am-1:45pm
  • 28 October 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 from 2pm), free.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • Especially for children

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/

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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/

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Collection Bites: Tai Chi Animal Influences

  • 3 September 2014 1-2pm

Join Colin Hughes as he explores this ancient Chinese health and martial art and its influences from the Animal Kingdom. Expect to try some gentle Tai Chi moves as Colin explains how animals as diverse as a silkworm, snake, squid and stork, bear, tiger and dragon have influenced how Tai Chi has developed, and is now practiced primarily as an exercise for health. Ancient masters observed how animals moved and mimicked aspects of their form and movement as they developed the graceful exercise and fighting forms that we now know as Tai Chi.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • 18+

Admission

Book on 0161 275 2648 or museum@manchester.ac.uk, free, adults

Website

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

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After Hours: Oxjam Take Over

  • 4 September 2014 5:30-9pm

Join us as we team up with Oxjam for an eclectic evening exploring how music plays an integral part in cultures around the world and can help galvanise the fight against global poverty.

There will be objects on show from our Living Cultures collection, craft activities, talks and film showings. Later Oxjam will take over our stunning Living Worlds gallery to showcase local musicians in the run up to their annual Northern Quarter fundraising festival (4 and 5 October) for Oxfam.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

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

The Poetry School at Manchester Museum

  • 6 September 2014 10:30am-4:30pm
  • 1 November 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

A first for the Poetry School in Manchester! In collaboration with Manchester Museum, prize-winning poet Helen Mort offers some guided writing suggestions and poem feedback inspired by access to the Museum’s galleries and displays. Its collections range from archery, archaeology, botany, Egyptology and entomology to ethnography, mineralogy, palaeontology, numismatics and zoology, as well as unusual live specimens in the aquarium and vivarium. Helen will show you poems and set you writing tasks based around two themes – conflict and co-operation, and mysteries. Anna Bunney from the Museum will bring out Museum Comes to You object boxes so you get close up access to key objects and exhibits, and there will be a mixture of guided and free writing time in the Museum and its galleries. Students who wish to will be able to publish their Museum poems on the Poetry School’s social network, CAMPUS.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Book online at www.poetryschool.com or call 0207 582 1679, £138, £132 (60+), £110 (concs) for both sessions, open to all

Website

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

In The Footsteps of Alexander the Great: a fresh look at an epic

  • 15 September 2014 6-7:30pm

In this talk, Professor Michael Wood will look again at the story of Alexander the Great, whose amazing journeys of conquest he re-traced in 1998. He will update the story with new material from the currently beleaguered areas of Syria and Northern Iraq, and illustrate his talk with stunning pictures of the regions Alexander visited and with clips from his documentary series.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Book on 0161 275 2648 or museum@manchester.ac.uk, free, adults

World War 1 and China: the Chinese Labour Corps in France

  • 24 September 2014 1-2pm

Drop-in, free, adults
Dr. Jenny Clegg is a Senior Lecturer at the University for Central Lancashire and her specialist research mainly focuses on China's development and its implications for the world order.
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One, a war which significantly reshaped the world in the 20th century. China’s involvement, and the profound impact this was to have in the subsequent unfolding of its history of revolution and war, is one, however, that receives little attention in the West. This lecture aims to explore this wartime encounter between China and the West, focusing on the much neglected part played by Chinese Labour Corps at the Western front. Recruited by the British and French Armies to help alleviate acute shortages in manpower, this workforce numbered some 140,000 men by the time of the Armistice of 1918. What were the circumstances which brought these workers to France? And what of their experiences in a foreign land and the knowledge of the West that they brought back when they were repatriated? What influences did these have in the shaping of China’s emerging national consciousness, and its search for a distinctive modernity?

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

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

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Urban Naturalist: Weather

  • 27 September 2014 2-4pm

Join Michael Flynn to find out more about the weather station that was once in Whitworth Park and to learn more about the current weather recording undertaken by the University of Manchester.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

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

Website

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

Family at Big Saturday event

Big Saturday: Discover the Pacific

  • 27 September 2014 11am-4pm

A day of discovery and exploration for all ages. Inspired by the Museum’s Living Cultures collection, September’s Big Saturday will take you to the South Pacific. Make your own Hawaiian flower lei to wear as you explore the Museum and learn about the fascinating cultures and diverse environments of the Pacific. Drop in, free.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • Family friendly

Website

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

Wonderstruck Singing Workshop

  • 27 — 28 September 2014 1:30-4:30pm

Would you like to perform in Manchester Museum as part of a remarkable Weekend of Wonder? We're looking for keen singers to participate in Wonderstruck, an exciting large-scale performance taking place over the weekend of 15-16 November 2014.
Created by Daniel Bye, Sarah Punshon and Boff Whalley, and inspired by the Museum's collections, Wonderstruck will combine text, movement and song to create a weekend of wonderful surprises for Museum visitors.
We're putting together a special choir of volunteer singers to take part, with original songs composed especially for them by Boff Whalley, formerly of pop-punk-folk band Chumbawamba. Are you happy to sing a capella? Interested in trying something a bit different? Available for some evening and weekend rehearsals in November? Come along to an introductory workshop on Saturday or Sunday afternoon: try out a song, meet Dan, Sarah and Boff, and find out more about the project. All keen singers welcome, male or female, old or young. You don't need to be able to read music, you don't need to be an opera singer: if you like to sing, we'd like to meet you.

Suitable for

  • 18+

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.

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

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.

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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