Manchester Museum is part of the University of Manchester and is based in a fabulous neo-Gothic historic building, designed by Alfred Waterhouse in 1870, who also designed the Natural History Museum in London, as well as many of Manchester’s most iconic buildings.
Known locally as “that museum on Oxford Road with the dinosaurs and live animals”, it has in fact millions of all kinds of objects from archaeology, anthropology and natural history, through which it tells us the amazing story of the Earth. It is not only a brilliant, educational place to visit, but it is also a world-class academic resource. The Vivarium is famous for its conservation work with endangered species of reptiles and amphibians, especially the Costa Rican frogs.
In 2019, the museum embarked on a 3 year £13.5 million transformation called “Hello future”. This will include a new Exhibition Hall, South Asia Gallery, Chinese Culture Gallery, the world’s first Centre for Age-Friendly Culture, and a new, accessible, visitor entrance, all set to reopen on 18 February. This will result in the Manchester Museum being as inclusive, diverse, relevant and accessible as a world-class modern museum can possibly be, and it will be able to use its amazing resources to build understanding between cultures, for the benefit of everyone, but especially for the people of Manchester.