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Free Family Activities All Summer

25 Jul 2023 -1 Sep 2023

Manchester Museum, Oxford Road

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Summer of Stories

This summer, we're all about the stories! During the school summer holidays, each week we'll visit a different gallery, where you'll find hands-on activities inspired by the objects and their stories.


with artist Fay Buchanan

Tuesday 25 July
Wednesday 26 July
Thursday 27 July

2-4pm | Free | Just drop in
Top Floor

Come and join our hive!

Make a buzzing Manchester Bee, or draw a self portrait to add to our growing swarm!

Inspired by the Belonging Gallery

Protest Power

with artist Fay Buchanan

Tuesday 1 August
Wednesday 2 August
Thursday 3 August

2-4pm | Free | Just drop in
Top Floor

Create a recycled rosette inspired by Manchester’s radical history. Share your message and make the change you want to see! 

Inspired by the Belonging Gallery

Mobile Journeys

with artist Kate Eggleston-Wirtz

Tuesday 8 August
Wednesday 9 August
Thursday 10 August
Friday 11 August

2-4pm | Free | Just drop in
Top Floor

Explore journeys through different materials inspired by the colourful Rickshaw and make your own Wheel Mobile to take home.

Inspired by the South Asia Gallery

Chinese Decorations

with artist Lydia Meiying

Tuesday 15 August
Wednesday 16 August
Thursday 17 August
Friday 18 August

2-4pm | Free | Just drop in
Top Floor

Come and create a decoration to hang in your home. Design your hanging decoration with images inspired by your own stories, or the images and stories from our gallery.

Inspired by the Lee Kai Hung Chinese Culture Gallery

Exploring Fossils

with artist Kate Eggleston-Wirtz

Tuesday 22 August
Wednesday 23 August
Thursday 24 August
Friday 25 August

2-4pm | Free | Just drop in
Top Floor

Dig in and get creative making your own dinosaur fossils through collage and discover the stories of Stan the Tyrannosaurus rex and April the Tentontosaurus.

Inspired by the Fossils and Dinosaurs Gallery

Sea Monster Magic

with artist Kate Eggleston-Wirtz

Tuesday 29 August
Wednesday 30 August
Thursday 31 August
Friday 1 September

2-4pm | Free | Just drop in
Top Floor

Dive into upcycled materials and make your own sea monster whilst finding out more about Ryūjin, the Dragon King of the sea – one of many images and stories adorning the Japanese Incense Burner.

Inspired by the Japanese Incense Burner in the Welcome Area

More free family activities this summer...

Fossil Fridays

Friday 4, 11, 18 August
9.15-10.15am | Just drop-in
Free | Autism Friendly

Think like a palaeontologist and enjoy some fun activities in the Fossils and Dinosaurs galleries.

Fossil Fridays

Create a Comic

Free | Just drop in

Get inspired by the comics art in the Belonging Gallery and create a comic sharing your own story of belonging.

Create a Comic

Dab Hands Craft Workshop

Wednesday 9 & 16 August
2-4pm | Free | Just drop in

Try new crafts in these workshops with Artist-in-Residence, Lucy Burscough, inspired by our Dab Hands exhibition.

Dab Hands Craft Workshop

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