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?
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.
- Living Cultures
- Rocks and Minerals.
From 2 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, Nature Discovery 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 2 October 2018 until 2021:
- the popular Ancient Worlds Galleries (Egyptology and Archaeology) galleries will be closed
- the school picnic area will not be available
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.
Inflatable Museum brings the wonder and curiosity of Manchester Museum’s ancient Egypt collection to school halls across Manchester!
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.
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.
Please see the following pages for suggestions and resources to help you plan your visit:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
|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|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, providing as much detail as possible especially on your pupils’ additional needs.
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.
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.
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.