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The Year of the Tiger

Manchester Museum is celebrating Lunar New Year!


​Tuesday 1 February marks the Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. It is celebrated at the second new moon following the Winter Solstice and marks the beginning of a long-awaited spring!


​Lunar New Year is particularly celebrated in East Asia. It is also a feature of the Hindu-Buddhist calendars of South and Southeast Asia, and the Islamic and the Jewish calendars.


According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2022 is the Year of the Tiger.


​Find out more and celebrate the Year of the Tiger with Manchester Museum and our partners across the city... 


The Lee Kai Hung Chinese Culture Gallery

Manchester Museum is transforming, and we are now in the final phase of construction.

We will reopen later this year, and our new Lee Kai Hung Chinese Culture Gallery will be dedicated to build understanding and empathy between cultures.


Working closely with The Manchester-China Institute, local Chinese communities and organisations, this exciting new gallery will explore the rich cultural heritage and historic links between Manchester and China, showcasing rarely seen collections, powerful personal narratives and international research collaborations and partnerships, also include a gathering and activity space. 

Find out more


Family Workshop:
Year of the Tiger Decorations

Saturday 5 February

10.30 -11.15am

Online via Zoom

Join us for an online family workshop as we get crafty creating decorations to welcome the Year of the Tiger. 


You'll create beautiful Chinese lanterns and fans with artist Lydia Meiying. 


As part of the workshop, you’ll also get a sneak peek at some of the ideas for our upcoming Lee Kai Hung Chinese Culture Gallery, which will tell powerful personal stories through rarely see collections and explore the links between Manchester, UK and China. We hope this will spark your imagination as you make your decorations. 


This FREE family workshop will take place online via Zoom.

Suitable for children age 7+ and accompanying parents or carers.

Spaces are limited, book in advance.

Book now

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Spotlight on the Collection

Manchester Museum is currently closed to the public while we complete our hello future transformation. When we reopen, we look forward to welcoming you to a bigger, more inclusive and more wondrous museum.

Although our doors are temporarily closed, we are still here for you. Manchester Museum exists beyond a building. All our collections are all available online.

Explore the collection

In celebration of Lunar New Year, Manchester Museum's Curators have selected some of their favourite Year of the Tiger themed objects...  

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Celebrate Lunar New Year across the city

The streets of Manchester city centre are once again adorned with thousands of traditional red Chinese lanterns to welcome in the Year of the Tiger. 


Organisers of the Chinese New Year events this year have confirmed that the parade, sadly, will once again not be going ahead in 2022 due to Covid restrictions. However, there are still plenty of celebrations taking place in Manchester, including live performances, street food and a funfair, plus traditional lion and dragon dances.


Please keep yourself and others safe, don’t attend if you have any COVID-19 symptoms and please wear a mask when possible.

Find out more at Visit Manchester

Here are some of our top picks...

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The New Year Tiger

St Ann’s Square, Manchester


A friendly Tiger watches over

St Ann’s Square.


1-6 February 2022



Chinatown Celebrations

Chinatown, Manchester


Celebrate Chinese New Year in Chinatown with live performances, food, stalls and a funfair.


6 February 2022, 11am-8pm




The Door Opened: 1980s China - Photographs by Adrian Bradshaw


Manchester Central Library, Manchester


English photographer, Adrian Bradshaw, explores 1980s China.


26 January - 26 April 2022



Chinese New Year at the Portico Library


The Portico Library, Manchester


Explore rare nineteenth-century books and illustrations on Chinese culture from the extraordinary historic collection, view 200-year-old maps of Chinatown and enjoy free creative activities.

5-6 February 2022, 11am-3pm