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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.
Closed Good Fri, Christmas to New Year
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
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.
- 6 January 2015 1-2:30pm
Free English conversation classes using the Museum’s collection as inspiration for discussion.
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or ringing 0161 275 2648 - donations for Manchester Film Co-Op will be gratefully accepted at the door.
- 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 email@example.com, free, adults
- 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.
- Especially for children
- Family friendly
- 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
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.
- 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