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 £15m 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. We are very excited about the new phase in the Museum’s life, which is coming later this year. With a brand new two-storey extension to the back of the building, this physical transformation is symbolic of the more ethical changes happening within the building.
Appreciates the beauty and cultural significance of these artefacts whilst acknowledging the colonial nature of their acquisition
Manchester Museum’s aim is to build better understanding between cultures, stepping away from the traditional voyeuristic viewpoint of museum culture and creating spaces that feel imaginative and inclusive but most importantly caring. The changes welcome two new spaces to the museum: an Exhibition Hall and a South Asia Gallery. The Exhibition Hall will be a changeable space for touring large scale exhibitions. It’ll be opening this year with the Golden Mummies of Egypt, an impressive exhibition of funerary art from the Graeco-Roman period of Egyptian history. In keeping with the ethos of the museum, the exhibition appreciates the beauty and cultural significance of these artefacts whilst acknowledging the colonial nature of their acquisition.
The South Asia Galley is a space that takes an ‘anthology-based’ approach to curation, ensuring multiple voices and perspectives are included to create culturally rich and respectful exhibitions. It will be the first gallery in the country dedicated to sharing the stories and experiences of South Asian diaspora communities in the UK. The gallery will feature a performance space where live music, dance and spoken word can take place. This is just one example of how the days of exhibits behind glass cabinets being presented from a narrow range of viewpoints are soon to be a thing of the past.
Having started life in 1821, as one wealthy man’s private collection of artefacts, it’s great to see this public collection evolving into a Museum truly fit for the 21st century, where collaboration and cultural empathy are heartily encouraged.
Services and FacilitiesExhibitions, events, shop, cafe,
AccessibilityWheelchair access to all public areas
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