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

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
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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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/

Magic Carpet

  • 28 November 2014 *on now

For toddlers up to 5yrs and their families/carers (Young babies welcome with older siblings).

Price: Book on 0161 275 2648 (from a week before from 2pm), free, under 5s and their families/carers

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free

Baby Explorers

  • 9 December 2014

Every other Tuesday (except half term school holidays when there are drop-in sensory play sessions)

Price: Book on 0161 275 2648 (Bookings will be taken a week in advance from 2pm), free

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Free

Rock Drop

  • 11 December 2014

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

Admission

Free

Winter Wonderland

  • 13 December 2014

A day full of nature inspired crafts and activities for all the family.

Help decorate the Museum's tree, make paper craft decorations and handle objects.

There will be sensory play sessions in the Discovery Centre.

Story telling sessions will take place in the Nature Discovery gallery at various times throughout the day - please book at reception on the day.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free

Early Opening for Early Birds

  • 13 December 2014

Why not come along to our Living Worlds gallery for our early opening for early birds? Enjoy self-led tours, object handling and craft activities. (Just the Living Worlds gallery will be open at 9am - you can explore the rest of the Museum from 10am).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free

Baby Explorers

  • 6 January 2015

Every other Tuesday (except half term school holidays when there are drop-in sensory play sessions)

Price: Book on 0161 275 2648 (Bookings will be taken a week in advance from 2pm), free

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Free

Baby Explorers

  • 20 January 2015

Every other Tuesday (except half term school holidays when there are drop-in sensory play sessions)

Price: Book on 0161 275 2648 (Bookings will be taken a week in advance from 2pm), free

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Free

Big Saturday: Siberia

  • 24 January 2015

Enjoy activities for all the family, from traditional music and arts to a guided tour of the exhibition. Meet curators and see objects from the Museum’s stores.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free

Magic Carpet

  • 30 January 2015

For toddlers up to 5yrs and their families/carers (Young babies welcome with older siblings).

Price: Book on 0161 275 2648 (from a week before from 2pm), free, under 5s and their families/carers

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

Free

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.

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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