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Frequently Asked Questions

We know you’ll have lots of questions about the changes at Manchester Museum and what this means for your group.

If the answer to your question cannot be found below, please email or call us on 0161 275 2630 and we will be happy to help.

What’s going on at Manchester Museum?

Which parts of the museum are staying open?

Can we go on every gallery during our visit?

Can the museum come to us?

Do I need to pre-book a self-led visit?

What do we need to do before our visit?

Where do I find the museum’s gallery resources?

What should we do when we arrive?

Do you have a space to keep coats and bags during our visit?

Do you have space for us to eat lunch?

Can we stay in the museum all day?

How many adults are required?

How can the museum support children with additional needs?

How accessible is the museum to wheelchair users?

Where can we be dropped off by our coach?

Do you have a sample risk assessment?

 

What’s going on at Manchester Museum?


In a word … lots! hello future is a major project to develop and transform the museum to bring more wonder and inspiration from around the world to visitors. This will involve extensive redevelopment work between 2018 and 2021, and so our Learning Programme has changed to make way for new ideas, an exciting new offer, and greater capacity from 2021.

This means that you will not be able to book any Early Years or Primary workshops at the Museum until re-opening late 2021. Some of our Secondary and Post 16 workshops will continue.

You can still plan a great self-led visit to the museum though, and we hope that the following FAQs will help with your planning: please take note of our gallery closures below.

Between 2019 and 2021 we will also be offering some fantastic new activities for schools …outside of the museum. This includes our Inflatable Museum, which brings the wonder of our Ancient Egypt collection to your school hall.

Make sure you are first to find out about other opportunities by signing up to the Early Years and Primary or Secondary and Post-16 e-newsletters. You can also find out more about the project on the hello future webpage, or visit the hello future blog and the learning blog to find out about our progress.
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Which parts of the museum are staying open?

Until 28th September 2018 we expect the whole museum to remain open, including our school picnic area, except for:
- Living Cultures
- Money
- Rocks and Minerals.

From 2nd October 2018 onwards the museum will go back to its roots as a natural history museum for the period of the development work. Living Worlds, Nature’s Library, the Vivarium, and the Fossils galleries will remain open; every other part of the museum will be closed.

Please take particular note that this means that from 2nd October 2018 until 2021:
- the popular Ancient Worlds Galleries (Egyptology and Archaeology) galleries will be closed
- the school picnic area will not be available
 
Please visit the Museum's gallery closures page for further details.
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Can we go on every gallery during our visit?

When you pre-book, we will give you a timetable for your visit and a map of the museum. Please note the gallery closures above before booking.  

Due to our limited physical capacity during our part-closure, we will ask you to consider a half day visit to Manchester Museum.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.
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Can the museum come to us?

Our Inflatable Museum brings the wonder and curiosity of Manchester Museum’s ancient Egypt collection to school halls across Manchester!
 
Unfortunately we do not offer loan boxes to schools … but sign up to our Early Years and Primary or Secondary and Post-16 e-newsletters to be the first to find out what else we’ll be offering for schools off-site between 2018 and 2021!
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Do I need to pre-book a self-led visit?

Yes. Pre-booking is essential for all groups. This helps us make sure everyone’s comfortable and safe, and avoids overcrowding on our remaining galleries. On some days, we may be getting quite full, so we may ask you to consider a different date.

Please make your booking enquiry as far in advance as possible to give yourself the best chance of booking your dates of choice.
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What do we need to do before our visit?

As a group leader, to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit, we recommend you conduct a preliminary visit to familiarise yourself with the layout of the museum and create your own risk assessment. We have an example risk assessment to help you write your own.

You can also arrange to meet a member of our Learning Team to help plan your visit and to discuss any aspects of your visit.
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Where do I find the museum’s gallery resources?

Please see the following pages for suggestions and resources to help you plan your visit:

Early Years

Primary

Secondary

Post-16

On-gallery resources

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What should we do when we arrive?

Please sign in at the Reception desk when your group first arrive. We will be able to issue you with a map highlighting your pre-booked gallery timetable, and where the stairs, lifts, toilets and exits are located.

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Do you have a space to keep coats and bags during our visit?

Before 28 September 2018: Yes, provided you have pre-booked (please take any essential medicines that pupils will need into the museum with you).

2 October 2018 onwards: We will not have space for coats and bags and ask to keep your coats and bags with you, or leave them on your coach if possible. Please get in touch if you have any queries about this.
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Do you have space for us to eat lunch?

Before 28 September 2018: Yes, provided you  have pre-booked.

2 October 2018 onwards: We will no longer be able to offer a lunch space in the Museum so we suggest that you plan to visit us for just a half day, or investigate combining your visit to Manchester Museum with another venue.
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Can we stay in the museum all day?

Before 28 September 2018: Yes. Please book in advance if you’d like to eat in our picnic area.

2 October 2018 onwards:  There will be nowhere on-site for groups to eat packed lunches. Older groups might wish to visit nearby cafes on Oxford Road. However you might find the smaller museum only takes an hour or two to visit.

If you are visiting for a Secondary or Post 16 workshop, we may be able to accommodate a full day visit providing you can eat lunch off site.
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How many adults are required?

For a self-led visit, the number of adults required for your visit will be determined by your school’s guidance and your own risk assessment. However we suggest the following ratios:

Age Required adults
Early Years 1 adult to every 4 children
Primary 1 adult to every 6 children
Secondary and Post-16 1 adult to every 15 students
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How can the museum support children with additional needs?

We want to provide all members of your group with an enjoyable and inclusive visit.

It would therefore be helpful if you could inform us prior to your visit if there are group members with additional needs as we may be able to offer some advice. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We offer free forty minute ‘Snails & Tails’ workshop to small additional needs groups (8-10 pupils). This workshop allows pupils to get up close to some live animals, learning about their characteristics and habitats and the museum’s conservation work. Booking ahead is essential: please contact school.bookings@manchester.ac.uk, providing as much detail as possible especially on your pupils’ additional needs.
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How accessible is the museum to wheelchair users?

All parts of the museum are accessible to wheelchair users. It would be helpful if you inform us prior to your visit if there are wheelchair users within your group.

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Where can we be dropped off by our coach?

Coach drivers can drop off the class directly outside the museum on Oxford Road.

If you are bringing a minibus and need to park, the nearest car park is a University of Manchester car park located on Cecil Street, about 5 minutes walk from the museum. You can still drop the class directly outside the museum on Oxford Road if you like. There is a £5.00 parking charge per minibus with no change able to be given.

Minibuses for disabled groups can be parked on Bridgeford Street; please contact us to arrange in advance.

For information on changes to car and minibus access to Oxford Road please see www.tfgm.com/oxford-road.
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Do you have a sample risk assesment?

We have a sample risk assessment that you can adapt for your learners. It can be used for both workshops and self-led visits. You will find it here.

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