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.
24-26 Dec, 1 Jan: closed
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/
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
- Vivarium with live snakes, frogs and other reptiles
- Ancient Egypt
- Designated Collection
The Great Energy Escape
- 25 — 29 October 2017
An immersive game, designed and delivered by Energy Democracy Greater Manchester and Carbon Co-op as part of Manchester Science Festival 2017.
Read on for your mission briefing from Manchester's Energy Commander.
Agents! We need your help.
I’m the Commander, Chief of City Operations, one heck of a bassoon player and I completed my bicycle safety training in record time. It’s my honour and duty to brief you on your mission.
I’m sorry to say that all the electricity in our dear city has gone down. We’re in grave danger and we need a team of expendable… I mean, skilled agents (that’s you, of course) to break into the ancient 1970’s control room, re-boot the system, and get our city’s energy back online. We only have half an hour before the whole city shuts down for good. It’s up to you.
Oh, and agents: keep your wits about you. There’s no telling what relics those mad scientists left behind all those years ago. And of course, this is a secret operation - so if you get stuck in there, you’re on your own.
To accept this mission book your tickets now: www.manchestersciencefestival.com/event/the-great-energy-escape/
- Family friendly
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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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