Resources, activities and visits
All of the resources developed for our programmes are created with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in mind.
Anything with text is editable so that educators can adapt font, size, colour or content to suit their group. Pupils with SEND are welcome at all activities. Contact us to discuss any adjustments or requirements you may have.
Free self-led visits
To ensure that all school groups are able to make the most of their museum visit, we require all school groups to book in with us.
Free self-led visits include:
- Access to galleries
- Free tickets to visit Golden Mummies of Egypt
- Coat (and lunch*) storage
- A brief welcome to the museum
- For full-day visits, a reserved 30 minute lunch slot in our picnic area
- Hazard ID & Risk Assessment documents
Small groups (maximum 12 pupils)
We are still able to accommodate smaller groups (maximum 12 pupils) for full day visits. Booking enquiries for groups of 12 pupils or less can be made using this form: https://forms.office.com/e/79iqeXZpiH
Full day self-led visits:
Due to unprecedented demand, we only have a limited number of days available for full-day self-led visits and are only able to accommodate 1 class.
Full-day visits with an ancient Egyptian focus* can be booked directly for a limited number of dates using this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/609536178117
*You will have the following timetable: Golden Mummies of Egypt Exhibition (10-11), Belonging, Chinese Cultures & South Asia Galleries (11-11:30), Dinosaurs and Fossils (11:30-12), Living Worlds, Nature’s Library & Vivarium (12-12:30) Lunch (12:30-1), Archaeology, Egypt and Sudan & Collections Reimagined (1-2)
Full-day visits with a natural history focus* can be booked directly for a limited number of dates using this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/609541614377
*You will have the following timetable: Golden Mummies of Egypt Exhibition (10-11), Archaeology, Egypt and Sudan & Collections Reimagined (11-11:30), Living Worlds, Nature’s Library & Vivarium (11:30-12:30), Lunch (12:30-1), Dinosaurs & Fossils (1-2).
Afternoon (half-day) visits:
For groups wishing to visit the museum after lunch (from 1.30pm) for an afternoon, we have more availability for dates.
Booking enquiries for half-day visits without lunch can be made by using this form: https://forms.office.com/e/SyEQH9Suwb
Self-led visits can be enhanced through the use of a range of free resources for you and your pupils.
The Big Questions
The Big Question is the ultimate way to enhance your self-led visit to Manchester Museum. Bring your topic to life and connect with our curators through a combination of free pre-and post-visit resources, all helping your pupils to look, connect, explain and wonder. We are delighted to offer SEND World of Work resources free of charge.
A short film presented by one of our curators will frame your museum visit around an open-ended enquiry prompt that will support you to plan a whole topic linked to the collection. Alongside this you will have access to a downloadable (and editable) resource pack to help introduce the enquiry question before visiting with simple classroom activities, ideas for using the galleries during your visit, and prompts to use back at school. Feedback your ideas, answers and questions to us at the end of your project, with museum-led livestreams in the summer term.