Manchester Museum

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

Website

Our 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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Koma figurines

Fragmentary Ancestors: Figurines from Koma Land, Ghana

  • 25 October 2013 — 5 May 2014 *on now

This exhibition is the first ever officially approved showing of clay figurines made by a previously little understood people in Koma Land in Ghana in West Africa. The figurines, often fragmentary and depicting stylised two-headed creatures, bird figures, and animals, are thought to represent the ancestors. It is possible that some of the figurines had liquid offerings poured into channels in the figurines, and that some might have been linked with healing and medicine. They were discovered during archaeological fieldwork directed by Prof. Ben Kankpeyeng and involving colleagues such as Prof. Tim Insoll (University of Manchester) working with the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB).

Free entry

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

mole manchester museum

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/

Whitworth Park postcard

Whitworth Park: Pleasure, Play and Politics

  • 24 May — 5 October 2014

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.
Storytelling

Magic Carpet

  • 25 April 2014 10:30am-12:30pm *on now
  • 30 May 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

  • 29 March — 29 April 2014 *on now
  • 13 May 2014 10:30am-1:45pm
  • 27 May 2014 10:30am-1:45pm

Tues 1, 15, 29 April, 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), free.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

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

Family at Urban Naturalist

Urban Naturalist: Urban Wildlife

  • 26 April 2014 2-3pm

We are living in an increasingly urbanised world, which has huge implications for our wildlife, some is thriving, such as our charismatic Peregrine Falcon, whilst other well loved species are slowly disappearing from our lives. Come along to our workshop and find out what is happening to our urban wildlife, and take part in exploring ideas and tips to give nature a home in your urban space, no matter how big or small. Please come armed with any questions or suggestions about how you want to develop, or have developed your outdoor space for wildlife.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£3.00. Book on 0161 275 2648.

Website

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

family at big sat

Big Saturday: Plants, Poisons, Platypuses

  • 26 April 2014 11am-4pm

Come along and bring all the family to a day of discovery. Find out more about the adaptations and characteristics plants and animals use to survive and how humans have learned from nature. Meet scientists and get hands on and do some experiments of your own. See fascinating objects from the museum’s stores, and find out more about the interactions between animals and plants when they want different things from one another: predators and prey, hosts and parasites, competitors, males and females, parents and young. Get crafty and create your own paper creatures to take away.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Especially for children

Website

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

Butterflies and moths

Collection Bites: From the War of Nature

  • 7 May 2014 1-2pm

Join Henry McGhie, Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology, as he explores some of the extraordinary ways in which animals have negotiated the conflict that exists between them, using specimens from the Museum collection as a basis for discussion. He will also explore ‘speciesism’, treating different species in different ways, and how we think of ourselves as part of the natural world.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Website

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

photograph of taxidermied bird

Lunchtime Exhibition Talks: From the War of Nature

  • 16 May 2014 1-2pm
  • 23 May 2014 1-2pm
  • 30 May 2014 1-2pm
  • 6 June 2014 1-2pm

These talks explore the recent scientific discoveries and relationships between living things, exploring the place of war in nature and the idea of a ‘struggle for existence’.
The talks take place at the Kanaris Theatre.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

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

photograph of python in tree

Big Saturday: World of Reptiles

  • 24 May 2014 11am-4pm

Find out more about replies prehistoric past and see many of our live reptiles up close, including our unusual snakes and lizards. See and handle some fascinating objects from the Museum’s collections, or get crafty and make a sock lizard or snake.

Drop-in, family, free

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

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

frog in Vivarium

May Half Term – The Vivarium

  • 26 — 30 May 2014

Explore the Vivarium and create hopping frogs and slithery snakes.

Drop in, free, all ages.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • Especially for children

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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