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From dinosaurs and mummies, to frogs and comics, a visit to the museum offers inspiring learning opportunities for students across the curriculum.   

Schools and Manchester Museum

Joy and learning are at the heart of the museum and our exhibitions and displays bring people together to ask big questions and spark imagination. Our programmes connect with people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities in Manchester and beyond.

There’s plenty to see and do and from autumn 2023 we will have brand-new learning spaces to teach, study and get closer to the collections.

All of our resources are created with SEND in mind. For example, anything with text is editable so that educators can edit font, size, colour or content to suit their group.

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Things to know before you visit

Getting here   

There is a drop-off point for coaches outside the museum on Oxford Road. Mini buses can park at Cecil street car parkThe museum is also on a major bus route and a short walk from rail and tram spots. Plan your visit here.

Space for everyone   

Risk assessments and group visits   

  • You are welcome to book a pre-visit to carry out a risk assessment ahead of a visit to the museum. Please call +44 (0) 161 275 2648 to arrange this or come along to our weekly teacher drop-ins on Wednesday evenings where you can speak to a member of staff who will support with planning your visit.    
  • Teachers (or other accompanying adults) remain responsible for the general health and safety of children, as at school. Teachers (or other adults) should remain with their primary and secondary school groups at all times.   
  • We suggest the following ratios for school visits: 1:4 (Early Years), 1:8 (Primary), 1:15 (Secondary and Post-16.  

Facilities   

 

  • View the museum map here.
  • There is a picnic area and café on the ground floor next to the Main Hall.  
  • The Museum Shop is full of souvenirs inspired by our collections and prices start from 50p.   
  • There is a water fountain in the Welcome area.   
  • Lockers are on the ground floor close to the picnic area.  
  • We have lots of toilets throughout the museum including a fully accessible Changing Places toilet and all-gender toilets. 

Directions

Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

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