Manchester Museum

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Manchester Museum, The University Of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9PL – Visit Now

Manchester Museum has always been a place of wonder – it’s one of those glorious Victorian-era venues with a smorgasbord of fascinating collections crammed into a building within the complex of the University of Manchester.

The origins of the museum lie in the collection of Manchester manufacturer and collection John Leigh Philips; after his death, his ‘cabinet’ was bought by a small group of wealthy men who went on to establish the Manchester Natural History Society in 1821. Over the next 70 years, the society expanded its collection, moved premises and eventually opened the now Grade II-listed museum itself, designed by Alfred Waterhouse, an architect whose other masterpieces include Manchester’s Town Hall and London’s Natural History Museum.

Set up along Darwinian lines, the museum’s six million objects (including a full size T-Rex skeleton) are displayed in eclectic, clever ways. The first floor galleries include Ancient Worlds, showcasing the best of the museum’s outstanding archaeology collections, Manchester Gallery, uncovering the links between the collection and the history of Manchester, and the Living Cultures gallery, which uses objects to reveal different cultures. Floor two features the vivarium, home to live reptiles and amphibians, while floor three is taken up with The Study, space combining a gallery, research space, collections study centre, installations and live research projects that was opened in 2015 and has run a lively programme of events and exhibitions ever since. Don’t miss the cafe on the ground floor – run by the award-winning Teacup Kitchen, this is a good spot to fuel up, especially for families.

  • The University Of Manchester, Oxford Rd
  • Manchester
  • M13 9PL
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

Admission Charges

Free

Services and Facilities

Exhibitions, events, shop, cafe,

Accessibility

Wheelchair access to all public areas

Commercial and hire services

Available for private hire

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Exhibitions 4 February–29 March 2017, FREE

John Hyatt: Rock Art at HOME

Cinema 10 February–29 March 2017, from £5.00

New Release: Moonlight at HOME

Cinema 16 February–30 March 2017, from £7.00

Film Season: David Cronenberg

Cinema 24–30 March 2017, from £5.00

New Release: Aquarius at HOME

Music 24 March–1 April 2017, from £21.00

RNCM Opera: Theodora

The Suppliant Women
Theatre 10 March–1 April 2017, from £16.50

The Suppliant Women at Royal Exchange Theatre

Exhibitions 25 February–1 April 2017, FREE

Graft at PS Mirabel

Theatre 9 March–8 April 2017, from £15.00

Yank! at Hope Mill Theatre

Social 10 March–9 April 2017, FREE

Living Sculpture (Virtual) at Crewe Station

Cinema 5 March–9 April 2017, from £8.00

Vintage Sundays: Scorsese and De Niro at FACT

Exhibitions 19 November 2016–16 April 2017, FREE

Artist Rooms: Andy Warhol at the Whitworth