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Young people & students

Whether you’re looking for inspiration, curious about the museum, or just want something different to do, Manchester Museum has plenty to offer.

A museum made for young people and students

Are you interested local and global issues? Do you want to have your voice heard? Do you want to meet other people with similar interests? Are you interested in your own health and wellbeing, as well as that of the planet? From drop-in socials, reading groups, Museum Lates events, and film nights, to more formal talks, discussions, and learning, we’ve got something for you.

Find something for you

Events for Students

Wild in the museum tours

  • Tickets: Free, no booking necessary.
  • Date: 14 May 2024 -31 Aug 2024
  • Location: Manchester Museum, Oxford Road

Wild in the museum tours

Pride Tours

Join us for our regular Pride Tours of Manchester Museum – our Visitor Team will take you on a journey through the museum, bringing new voices to the collections.

  • Tickets: Free, drop-in event
  • Date: 26 May 2024 -25 Aug 2024
  • Location: Manchester Museum, Oxford Road

Pride Tours


Our bold new exhibition, opening on 5 June 2024, looks at how we can go ‘wild’ to tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis.

  • Tickets: Free, booking required
  • Date: 5 Jun 2024 -1 Jun 2025
  • Location: Exhibition Hall, ground floor



We work closely with young people and students to understand what really matters to them and provide them with space and support to develop their work and thinking. 

Facilities for you

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-Saturday.

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.

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As one of the UK’s largest university museums, we care for over 4.5 million objects, with an internationally-important collection spanning from Archaeology to Zoology, and nearly everything in between. We work with communities, support university students and schools in Manchester and beyond and we are a free, inclusive museum for all. But we need your help. Every object we care for, exhibition, school visit and community event comes at a cost, and you can help make the museum as ambitious and impactful as possible.