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Party for the People

18 Feb 2024 10:00 am -5:00 pm

Manchester Museum, Oxford Road

Free, drop in

Party for the People

A celebration of the folk who made it all possible

Can you believe it’s been almost a year since we reopened our doors following our hello future redevelopment?

In that time, more than 800,000 of you have paid us a visit, exploring our beautiful new galleries, embarking on new adventures and generally making the Museum your own.

So, to mark 12 months since scores of you queued round the block, we had to throw a party didn’t we? But this isn’t just any old party, it’s a huge celebration of the people who made all of this possible. That means you!

So put on your party hat and walk the red carpet for a full day of fun.

First, strike a pose for our photographer who’ll be taking snaps of the stars of the show (you, of course), then head on in and get involved in the party games going on throughout the day across our galleries. Test your aim by pinning the tail on April the Tenontosaurus, show us your most fearsome faces in dinosaur musical statues and unwrap goodies in a giant game of pass the parcel.

There’ll be prizes for the best party hats, so either come prepared or make your own dazzling creation in one of our party hat workshops throughout the day. But there’ll be a Party Hat Hunt too, where you’ll have a chance to win prizes by finding all the objects wearing party hats throughout the Museum.

And that’s not all. Circus performers and a magician will be on hand to entertain you throughout the day, we’ll have poetry workshops and performance in the South Asian Gallery, amphibian rubbings in the Vivarium and drop-in, family Wuqinxi sessions in the Chinese Culture Gallery. Oh, and we’ll have cake too. There has to be cake.

Check out the full programme below.


Chinese Culture Gallery

Wuqinxi drop-in sessions for families (ages seven and over), 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm.

  • Wuqinxi is also known as gymnastics of five animals (tiger, bear, deer, monkey and bird) and is a well-known traditional form of Qigong physical exercise.

Tangram patterns drop-in session for families (ages seven and over), 2-4pm.

  • Find out more about tangram puzzles, and see how many animals you can create.

Birthday traditions around the world, 2-4pm.


Dinosaurs and Fossils galleries

Musical dinosaur statues, 2pm.

Pin the Tail on April, all day.


Kanaris Lecture Theatre Foyer

Giant jenga and Connect 4, all day.


Living Worlds

Pass the Parcel 1pm


Main Hall

Tombola, all day.

Cake cutting, 3pm.


South Asia Gallery

Poetry workshop, 11am-12.30pm.

Poetry performance from Maya Chowdhury, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.


Top Floor

Party hat workshop, 11am-4pm.


Short Talks and activities

Party Hat Trail, all day. Pick up an entry form from our welcome desk or ask one of the Visitor Team.

Circus performers and magician, throughout the day.

Dinosaurs Gallery introduction, 10.15am.

Living Worlds introduction, 11.15am.

Natures Library introduction, 12.15am.

Belonging Gallery introduction, 1.15pm.

Golden Mummies of Egypt introduction, 2.15pm.

South Asia Gallery introduction, 3.15pm.

Chinese Culture Gallery introduction, 4.15pm.