Manchester Museum, The University Of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9PL – Visit Now
*Manchester Museum is closed to the public until late 2022, while it undergoes the final stages of its £13.5m transformation.
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 collector 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, a 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.
Services and FacilitiesExhibitions, events, shop, cafe,
AccessibilityWheelchair access to all public areas
Commercial and hire servicesAvailable for private hire