The Manchester Museum on Oxford Road offers a chance to visit one of the best Egyptology exhibitions in the country with many mummies on show. Here also a prized exhibitions of fossils, interactive science of the human body and zoology, as well as Roman and Greek relics.
In the 'Science for Life' exhibition, you can walk through a human cell magnified a million times. In the whole of the ground floor, you can discover the amazing Egyptology Daily Life and Funerary sections, and on the second floor are the Mediterranean and Roman displays. This museum has some spectacular pieces of pottery and art dating back centuries.
Open Daily: 10am-5pm Free entry (Closed: 24-26 Dec, 1 Jan)
There is a Cafe which is open Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm and Sat-Sun: 9am-5pm
There is also an indoor picnic area on the 3rd floor
Manchester Museum is Manchester's main museum devoted to history and natural history. There are many different sections and there is a lot to see, so again I focused on what interested me most. My favourite section was the archaeology section - unfortunately part of this was closed due to refurbishment, a new gallery will open in September 2012. However, the parts that were still open I liked very much, as the small statue of a dancing woman in Picture 2. The Ancient Egypt section, or again: the parts of it that were open, was very interesting, too. Another collection I found fascinating was the Numismatic Collection of coins around the world.
The highlight for most people might be the Natural History section, including a giant dinosaur skeleton and a room full of stuffed animals, I rather skipped all this. The only part I had a quick look at was a room with displays about the universe, the planets etc (see main picture), and another one about the development of the earth. Picture 3 shows the trunks of fossilized trees, the background showing what Britain looked like millions of years.
Opening times: Sunday and Monday 11.00am to 04.00pm, Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 05.00pm
The Manchester Museum is a very large place filled with bones and bugs, rocks and mummies and more. The museum is part of the Manchester University campus on Oxford Road and is free to visit.
I finally got there after many visits to Manchester and many reccomendations but for me, it was less than impressive but there's a reason. There's a lot of renovation going on at the moment in 2011, and there will be a brand new Ancient Worlds gallery in 2012 that will replace the current Egyptian and Archaology galleries. They still have a lot of the exhibits on view but not everything is there. I also found the lighting very low and hard to see some of the things.
They have a living beings gallery with an aquarium and terrarium but which is mainly lizards, snakes, frogs and the like. There are lots of models of animal, bird and fish skeletons and they have a good dinosaur gallery as well though most of the full skeletons are models, not the real thing, including Stan the T-Rex. They have lots of fossils on display however.
I think i enjoyed the Egyptian and archaeology galleries the most, with lots of artifacts from various civilizations from all over the world including Africa, Australia and a fantastic case with samurai armour and swords.
The museum is fully accessible with lifts. There's a small gift shop and a modern cafe in an older Victorian building annexed to the museum. Open 10 - 5 Tuesday to Saturday, 11 - 4 Sunday, Monday and Bank holidays and Christmas week. There are lots of busses that go down Oxford Road from the bus terminal at Piccadilly Gardens and the tram goes to St. Peter's Square but it's about a 15 minute walk from there.
A Part of the University of Manchester, the Manchester Museum offers a great collection. There are 15 Galleries in total, each with a specific theme, such as Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, an amazing collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts and Mummies, and also a great colelction of stuffed animals including a spectacular White Tiger. There is also a large collections of fossils, rocks and minerals, including a huge Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. There is also a gallery dedicated to the evolution of ranged warfare.
There is a guide of everything in the museum on their website.
The museum also has a shop selling various gifts relating to the exhibits.
The museum also has a cafe.
The museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am untill 5pm. On Bank Holidays the museum is open from 11am untill 4pm, as well as from the 27th unitill the 31st December. It is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day
Sun, Mon, Bank hols: 11am-4pm
27-31 Dec: 11am-4pm
Closed: 24-26 Dec, 1 Jan
We are open on Good Friday (2 April)
Admission to the Museum is Free
The Manchester Museum is situated on Oxford Road, near the University buildings of Manchester. It is an excellent place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the City and best of all admission is FREE!! The museum houses an impressive amount of artefacts from all over the World although the thing that impressed me the most was an inscribed tablet of stone which was excavated in the Manchester area in 2008. There are some live animals on display and also a wide range of stuffed birds, animals and insects on display.
A thoroughly enjoyable experience & very educational too!
A great day out for all the family, lots to see and do.
Exhibitions and seminars galore, for children and adults.
Visit the website.
Opening times: Mondays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11-4; Tuesday-Saturday 10-5.
Entry is free.
THERE IS A CHARGE FOR SOME OF THE LECTURES OR EXHIBITIONS, PHONE FIRST TO BOOK.
The Museum will be closed on Good Friday (6 April 2007), but open on Easter Monday (9 April 2007)
If you travel into Manchester and want to go to a museum you could do a lot worse than this place. The Manchester Museum provides access to about six million items from every continent of the globe. Butterflies and carvings from India; birds and bark-cloth from the Pacific; live frogs and ancient pottery from America; fossils and native art from Australia; mammals and ancient Egyptian craftsmanship from Africa; plants, coins and minerals from Europe; art from past civilisations of the Mediterranean; and beetles, armour and archery from Asia.
Try to put aside at least 3 hours for this place if you can.
A definate must see.
Its one of those crazy old fashioned museums that has a bit of everything, but often gets overlooked for something more avant garde (like Manchester's Urbis), which is a shame. The best section showcases nature and contains taxidermed animals and preserved insects, which is an odd site when we are now so used to just seeing these things in zoos. There is also a live chameleon and display of frogs, which are good for kids (and also me).
Its also free.
An old favourite of mine would have to be the Manchester Museum which is part of Manchester University. It is in another lovely old building and had some great exhibitions. The best part is the Egyptian exhibition which is one of the largest collections in the UK I think and is fasinating.
This is another great activity to do in bad weather as it is all inside and it is also free! As it is on the university campus there are plenty of cheap cafes and shops nearby.