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Gallery closures and redevelopments

Our exciting building project hello future is starting and part of our museum will be closing. During this time, our new entrance is through our Fossils Gallery.


As we are working towards our three year transformation hello future, some of our galleries may be affected and some of our objects are moving to make way for our exciting transformation as we aim to become the UK’s most imaginative, inclusive and caring museum

For the duration of this development the following galleries will be closed

Our Minerals and Meteorite gallery remain open although they are also affected with many objects removed from display

Please note that galleries may occasionally have to close at short notice


Coupland Street partial closure

Coupland Street will be closed between the temporary Manchester Museum entrance and the Rutherford Building entrance from week commencing 7 October 2019 until October 2020, for Health and Safety reasons.  We apologise for any inconvenience during this period.  

During this time Manchester Museum’s exciting £13.5 million transformation hello future will be underway, working towards becoming more inclusive, imaginative and relevant to the diverse communities we serve. hello future will create a new Exhibition Hall, South Asia Gallery, Chinese Culture Gallery, the world’s first Centre for Age Friendly Culture, and a new entrance with visitor facilities that focus on inclusive accessible design.

We are open during our transformation and look forward to welcoming you to a bigger and more wondrous Manchester Museum in 2021. Until then, we are working with local communities and businesses to take the collection out on the road. Keep an eye out for objects as they pop up in all sorts of spaces and places.

For more information, check out our hello future blog


Temporary gallery closures

Please note:

On 21 May Manchester Museum will be closed from 4pm due to events

We’ll be closing off the following galleries on the following dates for our See, Make and Do autism-friendly early opening activities.

They will be open from 11.30am