"Natural history in Manchester" Manchester Museum Tip by tvor

Manchester Museum, Manchester: 9 reviews and 26 photos

  Museum entrance
by tvor
  • Museum entrance - Manchester
      Museum entrance
    by tvor
  • Mummies! - Manchester
    by tvor
  • Stan, the T-Rex - Manchester
      Stan, the T-Rex
    by tvor
  • Natural history in Manchester - Manchester
  • Natural history in Manchester - Manchester

The Manchester Museum is a very large place filled with bones and bugs, rocks and mummies and more. The museum is part of the Manchester University campus on Oxford Road and is free to visit.

I finally got there after many visits to Manchester and many reccomendations but for me, it was less than impressive but there's a reason. There's a lot of renovation going on at the moment in 2011, and there will be a brand new Ancient Worlds gallery in 2012 that will replace the current Egyptian and Archaology galleries. They still have a lot of the exhibits on view but not everything is there. I also found the lighting very low and hard to see some of the things.

They have a living beings gallery with an aquarium and terrarium but which is mainly lizards, snakes, frogs and the like. There are lots of models of animal, bird and fish skeletons and they have a good dinosaur gallery as well though most of the full skeletons are models, not the real thing, including Stan the T-Rex. They have lots of fossils on display however.

I think i enjoyed the Egyptian and archaeology galleries the most, with lots of artifacts from various civilizations from all over the world including Africa, Australia and a fantastic case with samurai armour and swords.

The museum is fully accessible with lifts. There's a small gift shop and a modern cafe in an older Victorian building annexed to the museum. Open 10 - 5 Tuesday to Saturday, 11 - 4 Sunday, Monday and Bank holidays and Christmas week. There are lots of busses that go down Oxford Road from the bus terminal at Piccadilly Gardens and the tram goes to St. Peter's Square but it's about a 15 minute walk from there.

Address: The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL
Directions: At Manchester University. Lots of busses go that way.
Phone: 0161 275 2634
Website: http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Sep 19, 2011
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse


tvor Visits Here Frequently!


“On the road again...”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 3 4 6
Forum Rank:
0 0 3 7 2

Have you been to Manchester?

  Share Your Travels