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Inflatable Museum

The Inflatable Museum is our immersive learning environment designed to bring the wonder and curiosity of Manchester Museum to communities across Greater Manchester.

The Inflatable Museum

The Inflatable Museum is our immersive learning environment designed to bring the wonder and curiosity of Manchester Museum to communities across Greater Manchester.

Incorporating a flexible activity area and high quality AV equipment, the Inflatable Museum is a vibrant, engaging space in which to handle real objects from our collection and create memorable and inspiring learning experiences.

What we offer

Archive Explorer: Ancient Egypt is an exciting, interactive workshop using real ancient Egyptian artefacts, giving your class the opportunity to develop and apply their historical enquiry skills and knowledge of ancient Egypt in this immersive environment. Sign up to our Early Years & Primary E-News to hear about new Inflatable Museum activities.

Find out about our new Transition Experience for Secondary Schools!

 

How it works

The Inflatable Museum can accommodate a full primary school class and their accompanying adult helpers; 36 people in total. We’ll arrive with you in the morning, ‘inflate’, and work with one or two classes (sometimes three) per day, before deflating to go back home.

Where we can ‘pop up’

The Inflatable Museum has been designed to fit in the average school hall. We’ll need a space of approximately 9.5m x 8.5m x 3.5m high to set up in, and level access from your car park. Due to the lightweight nature of the fabric used to construct it, the Inflatable can only be set up indoors. It is therefore likely to be your school hall that accommodates it.

Who we visit

We can visit schools within 30 minutes’ drive time from Manchester Museum. This is usually Greater Manchester schools inside (or just outside) the M60 motorway. Please get in touch if you’re unsure.

What it costs

The charge is £6.00 per pupil, with a minimum charge of £150.00 per class. Sign up to our Early Years & Primary E-News to be the first to hear about any special offers and discounts.

How to book

Please fill in our Make an Inflatable Museum booking enquiry form to make your enquiry.

We always aim to get back to you within 5 working (term-time) days. At the moment, we’re taking bookings for Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 

Transition Experience

Are you a secondary school teacher looking for a unique and engaging transition activity? Why not book our new Inflatable Museum Transition Experience. We can ‘pop up’ in your school for 2+ days at a time, and work with you and your feeder primary schools.

 

FAQs

Can you accommodate our lunch service? Ideally, we stay ‘inflated’ throughout the day. However, if required, we can ‘deflate’ for a portion of the day to allow for your lunch service. This may impact on your before or after school clubs.

What if we have more than 2 classes? If we can retain access to your hall all day (e.g. if you can arrange for children to eat in classrooms), we can create a bespoke timetable allowing for three classes in a day. Otherwise, we’ll just come to you on than one day. The cost is the same per child.

Do you offer any other workshops? At the moment, we just offer the ancient Egypt-themed workshop because that is where most of the demand is from our school partners. If you’ve a suggestion for our future developments, please get in touch and we’ll bear it in mind. Sign up to our Early Years & Primary E-News to be first to hear about future developments.

What’s the risk? The Inflatable Museum has been fully tested and risk assessed and is extremely safe for you and your pupils. We will require some cooperation from yourselves to maintain that safe environment, for example in ensuring the hall is clear whilst we set up. A full risk assessment and safety briefing will be provided upon booking.

I’m a secondary school teacher – can the Inflatable Museum visit us? We are now 'popping up' in secondary schools with our new Transition Experience programme. See Transition Experience section above for details.

 

For any other queries about the Inflatable Museum:

Please contact Amy McDowall on 0161 275 7357 or at amy.mcdowall@manchester.ac.uk.