This super museum is full, of absolutely everything! From skeletons, fossils, rocks, lizards (alive!) and tigers (not alive!); pottery, wood carvings, metal work and tribal costumes; to Greek helmets, Mongolian bows, Japanese arrows, sea urchins and even a Tyrannosaurus Rex!
Displaying works of archaeology, anthropology and natural history, this diverse museum, owned by Manchester University, is a superb resource for families with children of all ages.
The museum is renowned for housing one of the UK’s largest and most important collections of Ancient Egyptian artefacts, and our boys’ favourite find was the huge Egyptian Tomb, complete with mummy! My little girl was less impressed with this discovery but soon settled down when we found the play zone where she could colour in and play with some toys! The Discovering Archaeology section is a highlight of the revamped Ancient Worlds galleries, exploring how historians use objects to help understand our past. The exhibits on facial reconstruction were amazing.
Nature’s Library is the complete refurbishment of one of the museum’s Grade II* listed Gothic galleries. This was originally designed by the renowned Victorian architect Alfred Waterhouse, who also designed Manchester’s Town Hall and the Natural History Museum in London. It showcases an outstanding collection of four million preserved animals, plants and fossils, from around the world. Adjacent to the main entrance, you’ll find the Allotment with wormery, bug house and a feast of vegetables and plants – the Living World in action!Daily 10am-5pm. Admission free. Café on site serving children’s meals. Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL Tel: 0161 275 2648 manchester.ac.uk