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Embrace your curiosity, gather and connect for important conversations, and follow your research interests.  Events and activities are made for adults and inspired by the objects we care for.

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Events and exhibitions

Golden Mummies of Egypt

This stunning exhibition offers unparalleled access to our world-class Egypt and Sudan collections.

  • Tickets: Free
  • Date: 18 Feb 2023 -31 Dec 2023
  • Location: Exhibition Hall, ground floor

Golden Mummies of Egypt

Climate Cafe

Climate Café aims to get more people talking about climate change and provide a welcoming and supportive space to share our feelings.

  • Tickets: Free
  • Date: 1 Mar 2023 -1 Mar 2023
  • Location: Museum Cafe, Oxford Road Manchester M13 9RN

Climate Cafe

David Olusoga OBE: Solstice and Equinox Series

David Olusoga OBE will deliver a fascinating talk about the dilemma and complexities facing museums in the 21st Century.

  • Tickets: Free
  • Date: 16 Mar 2023 -16 Mar 2023
  • Location: Manchester Museum

David Olusoga OBE: Solstice and Equinox Series

Dab Hands

Become a Dab Hand at crochet – learn to make a granny square, the building blocks of funky blankets and clothes.

  • Tickets: Free
  • Date: 10 May 2023 -10 May 2023
  • Location: . The Top Floor at Manchester Museum

Dab Hands

Museum facilities


The café on the ground floor can be accessed through the Main Hall or from Oxford Road – it serves delicious vegetarian food and drink all day.  There is also a coffee bar with lots of seating in the Main Hall.

The Top Floor   

This is a space for people to come together to learn, share ideas, build communities and make plans. You’ll meet education groups, charities, artists, writers, social enterprises, staff and students working collaboratively with a shared commitment to environmental and social justice. It is usually open to visitors 2-4pm Tuesday-Sunday.  

Collaborative spaces   

There are spaces throughout the museum to gather and connect. At the heart of the South Asia Gallery, floor 1, is a room for small-scale performances, films and participatory activities. In the Chinese Culture Gallery, floor 1, beneath a night-sky constellation, is a space for people to meet for conversations and performances.  

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As one of the UK’s largest university museums, we care for over 4.5 million objects, with an internationally-important collection spanning from Archaeology to Zoology, and nearly everything in between. We work with communities, support university students and schools in Manchester and beyond and we are a free, inclusive museum for all. But we need your help. Every object we care for, exhibition, school visit and community event comes at a cost, and you can help make the museum as ambitious and impactful as possible.