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Families

There's lots to see, make and do for all the family at Manchester Museum.

Hold objects and discover their stories at our object handling tables, open daily 11am-3pm.

Our Nature Discovery gallery on floor 1 is an object rich and imaginative space where children can explore the natural world. Great for under 5s and open daily.

Our Family Friendly Facilities include:

  • Family lockers
  • Baby changing facilities on all floors, accessible via the Museum lift
  • Picnic area
  • Children's menu in The Cafe at the Museum

Free family events at the Museum include:

Baby Explorers and Musical Baby Explorers are interactive story telling, music and sensory play sessions for babies who aren't yet walking - every other Tuesday. Free of charge but booking required: further information and booking via the our events and exhibitions calendar.

Get comfy on our Magic Carpet and enjoy stories and activities for toddlers up to 5yrs and their families/carers (young babies welcome with older siblings). Free of charge but booking required: further information and booking via the our events and exhibitions calendar.

Big Saturdays and Holiday events
Touching a 200 million year old fossil and objects from ancient cultures; stroking a fox; meeting scientists working on the latest research; making your own treasures; performances and films; having objects brought to life through story making and tours. These are some of the things you can experience at our monthly Big Saturdays and school holiday events. Look at our events and exhibitions calendar to see what else is on.

See, Make and Do: Autism Friendly Early Openings
Join us for our early openings at the Museum aimed at children who have autism and other needs, along with their families/carers, and siblings. Activities take place before the Museum opens to the general public and there is a quiet room available. Find out more using the events and exhibitions calendar.

We also offer Children's Birthday Parties
Celebrate your birthday with Stan, the T.rex and friends at Manchester Museum. The Museum offers birthday parties that are full of activities for children aged 7-11. Available Sat & Sun 10.30am or 2pm. Max 15 children & 15 adults. Bookings need to be made at least one month in advance. For more information phone 0161 275 2643 or email us: museum@manchester.ac.uk