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On Gallery Resources

To get the most from your visit, we highly recommend booking a session. However, if you do decide to come on an self-programmed visit, or if you plan to spend time exploring the museum either before or after your session, the resources listed below will help you to structure your gallery time.

Please note: booking is essential for all visits.

Whether you opt for a taught session or self-programmed visit, it is essential that you have booked your group in with our Bookings Coordinator. To avoid disappointment, we recommend that you do this well in advance. Unbooked groups may not be able to access all of the galleries.

Please feel free to download and use our Risk Assessment.

Museum top 10 trail


Please note that the spider crab has gone for a scuttle so you won’t find him on display in 2017-18.

Download the trail here

Early Years and KS1 Resources

Our Explorer Sacks provide stories, poems, looking tools, toys and puppets to help you explore the animals and dinosaurs in Manchester Museum with younger children. Please book in advance to reserve them for your group.

KS2 Resources

Gallery-Specific Resources

Session-Specific Resources

Topic-Related Resources


KS3 Resources


KS3/4 Resources



KS4 Resources


Art Cards allow students to produce large amounts of observational drawings direct from the Museum collection on gallery. They work directly with core GCSE requirements and skills and resources are fun, accessible and quick-paced.