Nocturnal – After Hours at Manchester Museum

Gemma Gibb, Associate Editor
Owl courtesy Manchester Museum
Manchester Museum

Nocturnal - After Hours at Manchester Museum, Manchester, 21 February 2019, free entry - Visit now

Nocturnal is a chance to explore Manchester Museum after dark and a gift to all parents as a brilliant way to immerse yourselves together creatively in a topic which can otherwise seem a bit “schooly”.

For one night only the building will be transformed with a hive of activities revealing the worlds of nocturnal animals.

Inspired by the incredible natural history collection at Manchester Museum (the UK’s leading university museum), go wild with hands on activities, craft and tours.

Meet University of Manchester researchers to discover if you are a night owl or a lark. Learn all about the body clock, what happens when it’s disrupted and its direct effect on health and wellbeing.

Find out more about why some animals come out at night and how mammals and birds find their way in the dark.

Get up close to night-active bugs, such as Bullet Ants and Thorny Devil Walking Stick before meeting the RPSB to find out more about what we can all do to help nocturnal animals visiting our outside spaces at night.

Dressing up is very much encouraged or fashion your own nocturnal outfit making bat head bands, wings and owl masks at the Museum.

Interactive creative activities for all the family, alongside learning more about the natural world around us sounds like a win win event to us.

We love that the relaxed nature of these kinds of after-hours events at Manchester Museum mean you can stay for three minutes or three hours.  It’s a welcoming environment which is brilliant for boffins, those new to the subjects explored and all those somewhere inbetween.




Nocturnal - After Hours at Manchester Museum, Manchester

21 February 2019 6:00 pm
Free entry

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