Manchester Museum

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

After a year of turmoil, Manchester Museum has announced its reopening plans, meaning things will be a little different to usual but it’s all necessary so you can still visit this stunning building. Firstly, the opening hours have been reduced down to Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Happily, all the Natural History galleries are open and free to visit, including the legendary Stan the T Rex and the Vivarium. However, the Archaeology and Ancient Worlds galleries, including Ancient Egypt, are going to remain closed until 2022 while the £13.5m transformation takes place.

If you fancy a hot drink you’re in luck as the coffee shop will be open Monday to Sunday, 8am to 4pm, although this is set to be confirmed fully soon. The on-site shop will be open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. You’ll need to book in advance and all the details can be found on the website (link below). There will be a one-way route around the building that will ensure visitors can see all the exhibits while maintaining social distancing – this includes a new exit, opposite from the entrance, which will help to reduce risk even further.

You can expect increased safety measures, including hand sanitiser points at the entrance and throughout, and masks will be compulsory. There will be contactless payment at the shop, coffee shop and donation points. School visits and large groups will be put on hold for the time being, along with events.

Manchester Museum has announced its reopening plans, meaning things will be a little different to usual but it’s all necessary so you can still visit this stunning building

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 café 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
  • View map

Opening Hours

  • Mon: Closed
  • Tue: Closed
  • Wed: 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu: 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri: 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat: 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun: 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

Admission Charges


Services and Facilities

Exhibitions, events, shop, cafe,


Wheelchair access to all public areas

Commercial and hire services

Available for private hire