Manchester Museum

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


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General information


Information Line

0161 275 2648

Education Booking Line

0161 275 2630


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.

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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 - or research objects in the Museum's Collections Study Centre -

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
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.

Magic Carpet

  • 31 October 2014 10:30am-12:30pm *on now

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


The Poetry School at Manchester Museum

  • 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+


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


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Woolly Animals

  • 27 — 31 October 2014 *on now

Mon 27-Fri 31 Oct, 11am-4pm
Drop-in, free, all ages
Visit 'Siberia: At the Edge of the World' and discover the science on how some animals survive in such a cold climate. Be inspired by bears and mammoths and create some animals of your own. Part of Manchester Science Festival.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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Ice Age Science: Mammoths, mega boulders and microscopes

  • 27 — 31 October 2014 *on now

Meet the scientists at The University of Manchester who study ice age animals, plants, and landscapes. Take part in fun activities including cave painting and ice age Top Trumps. See fossils from the Museum’s collections to learn about ice age giants such as the mammoth and woolly rhino. Use microscopes to see fossil pollen from ancient plants. Take a guided tour to hear the fascinating story of the giant boulder in the Old Quad behind the Museum. Part of Manchester Science Festival.

Mon 27-Fri 31 Oct, 11am-1pm
Places limited, Book in advance on 0161 275 2648 or, some spaces available to sign up on the day, free, all ages

Suitable for

  • Any age


Places limited, Book in advance on 0161 275 2648 or, some spaces available to sign up on the day, free, all ages


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

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

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 for more information.

Magic Carpet

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