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
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.


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.

English Corner

  • 6 January 2015 1-2:30pm

Free English conversation classes using the Museum’s collection as inspiration for discussion.


Baby Explorers

  • 6 January 2015
  • 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




A special screening of HOME

  • 22 January 2015 6-9pm

Thurs 22 Jan, 6-9pm. Doors Open 6pm, Film Screening 6.30, Discussion/Q&A 8.30pm.

A Bigger Picture Film Festival event - screening & discussion by Manchester Film Co-op of Yann Arthus-Bertrand's award-winning feature documentary watched by >600 million people worldwide since 2006, HOME.

""Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries, on the first film to be entirely shot from an aerial perspective, Yann Arthus–Bertrand shows us a view most of us have never seen. He shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health. With this film, Arthus-Bertrand hopes to provide a stepping-stone to further the call to action to take care of our HOME. In the past 200,000 years, humans have upset the balance of planet Earth, a balance established by nearly four billion years of evolution. We must act now. Humanity has little time to reverse the trend and change its patterns of consumption.""

This film will be screened in the Museum's Living Worlds gallery, which was also created to inspire us to look after our home - the gallery explores the connections between all living things, including us, and shows how we can all shape the future by the choices we make.

This is a family-friendly event (for children 8 years and above) Book your free seat(s) by emailing or ringing 0161 275 2648 - donations for Manchester Film Co-Op will be gratefully accepted at the door.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Making a living in Kamchatka: Daily Life and the Spirit World of the Koryak

  • 24 January 2015 2-3pm

Sat 24 Jan, 2-3pm. Despite Stalin's persecution of shamans in the 1930s, shamanic practices of communicating with animals and spirits are still alive and well today. Koryaks are mindful of their relationships with animals, spirits, and the land as they go about their everyday life. Rituals are special times for intense communication with these non-human beings, and everyone joins in. Find out more with Dr. Alexander D. King, University of Aberdeen.

Book on 0161 275 2648 or, free, adults

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


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



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



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



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