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Manchester Museum is still here for you

Manchester Museum is transforming and construction work is well underway - our two-storey extension has been built and the stunning South Asia Gallery and Exhibition Hall have been created. Now we are getting to the really exciting bit... the final phase of construction!

Although we are delighted to reach this important milestone, it is with a heavy heart that we have temporarily closed our doors to the public so that this phase of work can take place safely. The safety of our visitors is always our priority.

The museum is now closed until February 2023.

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


Keep an eye on our social media channels to find out about pop-up events, online events and outreach programmes: 


We can’t wait to welcome you back to a bigger, more imaginative and even more inclusive museum next year!

Find out more about our hello future transformation

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To mark the milestone of reaching the final stage of our £15 million transformation, we extended our opening hours so that more people had chance to experience the collections. We also hosted a programme of celebratory events that wowed audiences before temporarily closing our doors to the public so work can take place safely on the final stage of construction.

An Evening with the Family Gorgeous

Stars of Channel 4’s Drag SOS, Family Gorgeous, kicked off the celebrations in fabulous style. In an evening of vibrant and colourful performances, Cheddar Gorgeous, Liquorice Black and Lill brought queer culture and a joyful atmosphere into the heart of the museum.

The museum has hosted Family Gorgeous as part of its Manchester Pride celebrations every year since 2018 when the creative drag queens disrupted hundreds of years of tradition to reinterpret the museum’s collections through a queer eye.


IM PACT presents VUKA


Local dance collective I M PACT, led by Yandass Ndlovu, then impressed audiences with an emotive dance piece, Vuka.  A performance journey around the museum at dusk, Vuka challenged audiences to wake up to how we tell our global story, and the lessons we need to learn.

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