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We look forward to welcoming you back! We are delighted to announce that we will reopen to the public on Wednesday 19 May.

Opening Times: Wednesday - Sunday 11am-4pm (opening May 19, subject to the government’s four-step roadmap)

Bookings are currently available until 18 July. Summer holiday bookings will open soon.

Free entry: Admission remains free but advance booking is preferable.

Book your free time​d tickets here or via our main telephone number, on +44 (0)161 275 2648

Our take-away coffee shop will reopen on 17 May, 8am-4pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday

Our museum shop, which is currently open 10am-4pm Monday to Friday, will extend its opening times 10am-4pm Monday to Sunday


What we are doing to keep you safe and ensure you will have an enjoyable visit:

  • Time ticketed entry and limited visitor numbers:

Visitors will need to book a free timed ticket in advance, as there will be reduced numbers in the Museum to ensure visitors can keep a safe distance apart.

  • One-way route: All our natural history galleries are open and free for you to visit, including Stan the T.rex and our Vivarium. Our Ancient Worlds galleries, including Ancient Egypt, are closed until 2022 while we complete our £13.5 million hello future capital transformation.
  • Facilities: Toilets and baby-changing w​ill be open
  • Lift will be single-person or one household use only and will be reserved for people who need its use for mobility
  • Queuing systems will be in place to guarantee social distancing
  • Lockers will remain temporarily closed
  • Enhanced cleaning and hygiene including hand-sanitiser stations
  • Staff will be wearing face-coverings or masks and we expect visitors to wear a face covering too. However, we realise it’s not possible for everyone. There’s more information about face masks and exemptions here.
  • Events and tours are temporarily suspended
  • Unfortunately, we are not taking group bookings for schools and colleges at the moment. For further information please contact
  • Up to 6 tickets can be booked for groups of up to 6 people or 2 households.

For more information please email us at