Manchester Museum

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

Website

www.manchester.ac.uk/museum

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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.

Festival of Archaeology 2014: Whitworth Park: pleasure, play and politics

  • 24 May — 5 October 2014 *on now

Explore how the role of Whitworth Park has changed over time. A local archaeology project, involving a wide range of local people, has drawn together a myriad of objects reflecting the important role that the park has played for the local community over the years revealing some interesting social and local history as well as some surprising secrets about this popular city park.
Finds chart the story of the park from its integral role as part of Whitworth Art Gallery, when it opened in 1890, to its redevelopment and excitement about the park and its future.
Come along to find out about the children's toys recovered by archaeologists and the way these shed light on the relationship between the behaviour expected of visitors to the park and what happened in reality.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cities@Manchester, The Robert Kiln Charitable Trust, Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, the Council for British Archaeology and Council for British Archaeology North West.

Admission

Please check all Festival of Archaeology 2014 event dates, times, booking and admission charges before visiting.

Website

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

Whitworth Park postcard

Whitworth Park: Pleasure, Play and Politics

  • 24 May — 5 October 2014 *on now

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.
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English Corner

  • 7 October 2014 1-2:30pm

Free English conversation classes using the Museum’s collection as inspiration for discussion. Our English tutor will lead you in activities that will help you practise your speaking and listening skills.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

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

Flint

Rock Drop: Geology Identification Sessions

  • 30 October 2014 2-3pm

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
  • Family friendly

Website

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

Storytelling

Magic Carpet

  • 31 October 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

  • 14 October 2014 10:30am-1:45pm
  • 28 October 2014 10:30am-1:45pm

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 from 2pm), free.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • Especially for children

Website

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

The Poetry School at Manchester Museum

  • 1 November 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

A first for the Poetry School in Manchester! In collaboration with Manchester Museum, prize-winning poet Helen Mort offers some guided writing suggestions and poem feedback inspired by access to the Museum’s galleries and displays. Its collections range from archery, archaeology, botany, Egyptology and entomology to ethnography, mineralogy, palaeontology, numismatics and zoology, as well as unusual live specimens in the aquarium and vivarium. Helen will show you poems and set you writing tasks based around two themes – conflict and co-operation, and mysteries. Anna Bunney from the Museum will bring out Museum Comes to You object boxes so you get close up access to key objects and exhibits, and there will be a mixture of guided and free writing time in the Museum and its galleries. Students who wish to will be able to publish their Museum poems on the Poetry School’s social network, CAMPUS.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Book online at www.poetryschool.com or call 0207 582 1679, £138, £132 (60+), £110 (concs) for both sessions, open to all

Website

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

Collection Bites: House-dwelling spiders

  • 1 October 2014 1-2pm *on now

Dr. Dmitri Logunov will devote his talk to house-dwelling spiders, along with other invertebrates and insects, presenting a selection of entomological specimens.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Book on 0161 275 2648 or museum@manchester.ac.uk, free, adults

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Siberia: At the Edge of the World

  • 4 October 2014 — 1 March 2015

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/

Family at Manchester Museum

Grandparents Weekend

  • 4 — 5 October 2014 11am-4pm

Bring the whole family for fun drop-in activities. Enjoy Drawing Den activities in the Museum’s Discovery Centre and collect a family scrapbook and fill it with favourite things from your visit.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

See, share, make and tell..

  • 5 October 2014 11am-4pm

Come along to the Manchester Museum for our Meet the Artist event and enjoy the opportunity to create some artworks of your very own, enjoy gallery tours and be inspired by the Museum’s objects, their stories; and share stories of your own.
Older adults and their family members welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Drop-in, free, older adults and their families

Website

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

Manchester Literature Festival: Pascale Petit

  • 8 October 2014 7-9pm

Take a wild trip from the Rainy City to the City of Light. Join Manchester Prize-winning poet Pascale Petit as she launches her sixth collection, Fauverie. Her previous collection What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and Wales Book of the Year, and was Jackie Kay’s Book of the Year in The Observer. Drawing on a time when Petit was in Paris to spend time with her dying father, Fauverie explores the savage aspects of the city, the darker elements of human nature and the grace and power of endangered animals – and, fittingly, the event will take place in the atmospheric surroundings of the Manchester Museum’s Living Worlds Gallery. Part of Manchester Literature Festival.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Book on 0843 208 0500 or Manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk, £6/£4 concessions, adults

Website

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

Cave Hunting 140 Years On: Late Ice Age Humans in Britain

  • 17 October 2014 7-8pm

William Boyd Dawkins (1837–1929) was the first curator of the Manchester Museum and the first Professor of Geology in The University of Manchester. He pioneered many aspect of ice age research and cave archaeology in the last few decades of the nineteenth century. With Professor Paul Pettitt from the Department of Archaeology at Durham University. Paul is an expert on the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic archaeology of Europe with particular interests in cave art, radiocarbon dating, the demise of the Neanderthals, funerary archaeology, and the archaeological record of human activity in ice age environments in Britain. Like William Boyd Dawkins, he has worked at Cresswell Crags and the world famous site of Kent’s Cavern. In 2003 he co-discovered Britain's only examples of Palaeolithic cave art. Paul’s lecture will explore what we know about human societies in Britain at the close of the last glacial period. Part of Manchester Science Festival.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Book on 0161 275 2648 or museum@manchester.ac.uk, free, adults

Website

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

Botany specimens

Old Wives Tales?

  • 23 October 2014 2-4pm

Taking inspiration from the Museum's fascinating material medical collection, explore our relationship to medicine through conversation and creative writing. Chat about family remedies and whether there's any truth behind natural cures. Take part in simple poetry exercises to compose your own piece about your experiences and memories. With poet Tony Sheppard and Curator of Botany, Rachel Webster. Part of Manchester Science Festival.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Book on 0161 275 2648 or museum@manchester.ac.uk, free, adults

Website

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

Bat at Manchester Museum

Urban Naturalist: Bats

  • 25 October 2014 2-4pm

Do you know your Pipistrelle from your Noctule? These are just two of the 18 species of bats found in the UK. Join Steve Parker from the South Lancashire Bat Group in an exploration of all things Chiroptera (scientific name for the only mammal that can truly fly.) Urban Naturalist is a series of friendly, practical workshops run by leading naturalists. From wild food-foraging and composting to bird song and insect identification, explore biodiversity on our doorstep.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Book on 0161 275 2648 or museum@manchester.ac.uk, £3, adults

Website

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

Ancient Worlds gallery at Manchester Museum

CT-scanning the Manchester Mummies

  • 27 October 2014 1-2pm

A new look beneath the bandages of several of the Manchester Museum’s 20 human mummies, examined using CT-scans and interpreted by former consultant Dr Bob Loynes. A brief explanation of CT scans – how they work and how they can be used to discover the mysteries of ancient Egyptian mummification techniques. The unique collection of Egyptian mummies in Manchester Museum has recently undergone investigation using CT scanning and some of the results will be used to illustrate this modern medical imaging procedure and its contribution to Egyptology. Part of Manchester Science Festival.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Book on 0161 275 2648 or museum@manchester.ac.uk, free, adults

Goat in a woolly jumper

Woolly Animals

  • 27 — 31 October 2014

Mon 27-Fri 31 Oct, 11am-4pm
Drop-in, free, all ages
Visit 'Siberia: At the Edge of the World' and discover the science on how some animals survive in such a cold climate. Be inspired by bears and mammoths and create some animals of your own. Part of Manchester Science Festival.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Family looking through microscope

Ice Age Science: Mammoths, mega boulders and microscopes

  • 27 — 31 October 2014

Meet the scientists at The University of Manchester who study ice age animals, plants, and landscapes. Take part in fun activities including cave painting and ice age Top Trumps. See fossils from the Museum’s collections to learn about ice age giants such as the mammoth and woolly rhino. Use microscopes to see fossil pollen from ancient plants. Take a guided tour to hear the fascinating story of the giant boulder in the Old Quad behind the Museum. Part of Manchester Science Festival.

Mon 27-Fri 31 Oct, 11am-1pm
Places limited, Book in advance on 0161 275 2648 or museum@manchester.ac.uk, some spaces available to sign up on the day, free, all ages

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Places limited, Book in advance on 0161 275 2648 or museum@manchester.ac.uk, some spaces available to sign up on the day, free, all ages

Website

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

Model of the Solar System at Manchester Museum

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Solar System

  • 28 October 2014 11am-4pm

Venture into the fascinating world of planetary science and learn about the formation and history of our Solar System. Hold and study real pieces of Mars, 4.5 billion year old meteorites, and even bits of the Moon collected by the Apollo astronauts! You can take part in a meteorite impacting experiment, plan your own space mission, see how volcanic eruptions reshape the surface of a planet, and watch a comet being created right in front of you. While you’re at it, why not have a chat about your discoveries with some of the scientists currently working in planetary sciences? Venture into the world of planetary sciences and learn about our Solar System. Hold real pieces of Mars, meteorites, and even the Moon! Part of Manchester Science Festival.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

LEGO Mindstorm NXT Programming

  • 29 October 2014 1-3:30pm

Robogals Manchester is a chapter of an international student-led organisation that aims to increase women in STEM subjects by running robotics workshops in the Greater Manchester area. Come to our workshop and learn how to programme using LEGO Mindstorm NXT robots and see you if you can complete our programming challenges. The programming workshop is recommended for ages 8+ but there are some activities for younger children. Part of Manchester Science Festival.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Book on 0161 275 2648 or museum@manchester.ac.uk, free, 8+

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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