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Our programme of workshops, activities, Student Socials, Museum Lates events and talks are aimed at students in higher education and offer opportunities to socialise, explore the museum and participate in creative and curious activities.

Visits, resources and activities

Nature and Nurture

Cost: Free

Come and share the things you care about in our world and for our planet and explore the Museum with your peers. These weekly drop ins are a chance to meet other students, socialise, talk about what matters to you, and explore the museum. You will also be able to get involved in co-curating museum events, resources and projects with and for your peers, focusing on nature, wellbeing and environmental action. Come to one, a couple or all of them; each session will be distinctive with different activities, spaces to explore and interdisciplinary conversations.

Date: Starting from 1 March 2023. Every Wednesday during UoM term time, 3-5pm

Location: Main Hall, at our reserved table

Find out more, contact:

A student guide to Manchester Museum

This new resource will be coming soon so watch this space.


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Café and coffee bar

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 so you can work, chat or have some quality alone time in comfort.  There is also a coffee bar in the Main Hall and a picnic area with plenty of seating.

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, filmic experiences 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. The museum is also a unique, inspiring place to hold an event and you can find out more here.

Student Events

Sikh Vaisakhi celebration

We’re hosting a Vaisakhi celebration at the museum on 5 April in partnership with Manchester Sikh Foundation. Join us to experience a Langer, or community meal, and many other activities.

  • Tickets: Free, book tickets or drop in
  • Date: 5 Apr 2023
  • Location: Manchester Museum, Oxford Road

Sikh Vaisakhi celebration

Climate Cafe

  • Tickets: Free
  • Date: 3 May 2023
  • Location: Museum Cafe, Oxford Road Manchester M13 9RN

Climate Cafe

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