What's on

Check out our activities, exhibitions and events for all ages here.

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20 Jan-3 Mar, Thursdays 11am-12pm   /Online

Ever wondered if you could samba sitting down? Well, now you can-can!


Dance is a great way of building stamina, increasing joint flexibility and having fun, whatever your experience and ability.


Join dance practitioner Hazel Roy for our Age Friendly online dance sessions, inspired by nature and Manchester Museum’s collections. You don’t need to be an expert to take part, and leopard print leotards are strictly optional.


Free, online, ages 50+

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Available now / Online

Manchester Museum is currently closed for construction, but we are still here for you.


You can explore all our online exhibitions and displays, including​:

  • Minerals: Sustainability and Hidden Stories

  • Beauty and the Beasts: Falling in love with insects

  • Wild Chorus

... And many more!​

Some of our digital exhibitions also include multilingual interpretation.

Free, families, online

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Available now / Online

Sixty Second Species is perfect for anyone who loves frogs, snakes, lizards... and fascinating facts!


This series of bite size films from Manchester Museum's Vivarium team is packed with interesting stories about the natural habitats of a range of animal species from around the world.

The whole series is available now.

Free, families, online

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28 Jan 1-2pm / Online

Manchester Museum's new Curator of Living Worlds Dr Njabulo Chipangura presents the talk "'Community Museums in Zimbabwe as an alternative form of representing Living Cultures"

This is the fourth talk for the Indigenise Speaker Series which will run every other month as part of the Indigenise Manchester Museum programme, supported by the John Ellerman Foundation.


Free, online, ages 18+ (16+ with parental consent)

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Available now / Online

We have three series of the Manchester Museum Podcast available now on all major podcast streaming platforms.


Ideas have the power to change the world, and curiosity can lead to action. For each episode, we have invited special guests from beyond the museum, to share open and honest conversations, which we hope will inform, entertain and inspire. 

Free, online

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Available now / Online

Calling all dinosaur fans!


If you're looking for something to keep the whole family entertained this holiday, this activity pack will is filled with all kinds of activities.

Free, families, online

Download here


Every other Friday / Online

Manchester Museum is delighted to share Dinos A to Z: a fortnightly dose of dinosaur fun and facts. 


Stomp through the alphabet to explore the extraordinary world of dinosaurs. 

Dinos A to Z is created by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis with Dr Victoria Egerton, their Extraordinary Scientist in Residence.  


Dr Egerton is also a Research Fellow in The University of Manchester’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Manchester Museum works with many academics and scientists, and with their support we continue to learn about the collections as well as new discoveries, so we can share the latest research with our visitors.


Free, families, online

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Available now / Online

This online course provides a general introduction to the history of ancient Egypt.

This course provides an introduction to ancient Egyptian history, using six items from the collections of the Manchester Museum. It is led by Prof Joyce Tyldesley (University of Manchester), Dr Campbell Price (Manchester Museum) and Glenn Godenho (University of Liverpool).

Free, adults, online

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Past events


We are organising a Christmas Gift Appeal in partnership with Invisible Cities, which will support people experiencing homelessness and poverty.


On Tuesday 7 December, our Fossils Gallery will be open from 10am to 4.30pm so that people can drop off donations... and have the chance to take a selfie with Stan the T.rex!

We are looking for unwrapped gifts to be donated. Have a look at our wish list.

You could make a big difference to someone’s Christmas!

Drop in

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HUNGER - Online Screening

Join us for a livestream of HUNGER from Manchester Museum.

HUNGER is a unique, site-specific, filmed performance piece created by international artists Abas El Janabi, Farjana Kabir and Louison Kangombe at Manchester Museum, responding to the museum’s collections.

The event features a Q&A with the artists.


Free, Online

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Illuminating Nature is a new display in our window on Oxford Road, to celebrate Corridor of Light from 21-23 October.

Corridor of Light is a three-night celebration of the Oxford Road Corridor through language, light and ideas. It will light up Manchester’s innovation district with visual art, installations and live entertainment. It will run from 6-10pm and is free to attend.

Illuminating Nature features stunning shells from our collection, which glow a brilliant, florescent pink and show just how magical nature can be.  

Although the museum is currently closed to the public, this display is viewed through Manchester Museum exhibition window on Oxford Road.


Find out more about Illuminating Nature

Part of Corridor of Light


Please join us on Thursday, 6 August 2020 online to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Hiroshima & Nagasaki Atomic Weapons Attack and remember all innocent victims of war and terrorism.

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An Evening with the Family Gorgeous

The weekend gets underway in fabulous style, as you are invited to an Evening with the Family Gorgeous. Enjoy our extended opening hours with an opportunity to explore our collections, while Cheddar Gorgeous, Lill and Liquorice Black set the vibe, bringing some glitz and glamour to the evening!


Cheddar, Lill and Liquorice, stars of Channel 4’s Drag SOS, and some of Manchester’s most creative drag artists, often use their visually spectacular artistry as a form of political activism. Inspired by our collections, and as part of our celebration of Manchester Pride, the evening will also include a spotlight performance from each of the artists, making it a night to remember.

Free, families

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