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We are open and delighted to welcome you back!

Opening Times: Wednesday - Sunday 10am-5pm

Free entry: Admission remains free but please book a ticket in advance and check in at the welcome desk. Book your free tickets here or via our main telephone number, on +44 (0)161 275 2648.

Priority tickets for those who need to visit at a quieter time, are available 10am-11am on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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.

Our cafe is open 8am-4pm Monday - Tuesday, 8am – 5pm Wednesday – Friday, and 10am – 5pm Saturday - Sunday.

Our museum shop, is open 10am – 4pm Monday to Tuesday, and 10am-5pm Wednesday-Sunday. You don't need to book to visit our shop and café. 


The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, community and staff is always our priority:

·       We encourage you to wear a face covering inside the museum if you can.

·       Queuing systems and one-way systems are still in place so you can keep your distance.

·       Enhanced cleaning regimes are in place and hand sanitiser is available.

·       Use contactless in the shop and café.


For information about group tours, please email: