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We are currently closed

Due to the latest government guidance we are temporarily closed

Self-led visits: Given the current COVID-19 situation and to help keep pupils, students, staff and the public safe we are unable to accommodate self-led visits from school and college parties. We will review this decision again when we are able to move out of tier three restrictions. We will look to review this decision half termly and hope to welcome school / college group visitors back as soon as it is safe to do so.

On Gallery Resources

We hope that the resources listed below will help you to structure your self-led visit.

Please note: booking is essential for all visits. This helps us ensure that you can see and do everything you need to when you come to us.  To avoid disappointment, we recommend that you book well in advance. Unbooked groups may not be able to access all of the galleries.

Early Years Resources

Our Explorer Sacks provide stories, poems, looking tools, toys and puppets to help you explore the animals and dinosaurs in Manchester Museum with younger children. Please book in advance to reserve them for your group.

We have suggested activities for Early Years groups in our Dinosaur Trail and Animals Trail.

Primary School Resources

Gallery-Specific Resources

Drawing from Nature

Use these teacher notes to combine art and science during your visit to the Museum, designed to be used after an Art School: Draw visit to the Whitworth on the same day.

Themed Resources

Back in School

Use these incredible child-authored videos to explore how a museum works scientifically.

Primary School Ideas

Activity ideas for you to adapt and use with your pupils

Get more ideas for how primary schools can work with us.


KS3 Resources


KS3/4 Resources



For a selection of quick and fun activities for students on our galleries, try our self-led enrichment activity suggestions.

KS4 Resources


Art Cards allow students to produce large amounts of observational drawings direct from the Museum collection on gallery. They work directly with core GCSE requirements and skills and resources are fun, accessible and quick-paced.