34 reviews of Manchester Museum in English
This is the perfect way to spend a couple of hours of the day admiring the history of the planet and to be in awe at some of the exhibits including a full-scale Tyrannosaurus Rex and nearly all animals on the face of the Earth in one room.
Since it is based for the University of Manchester, it is free admission which is a bonus and is a great way for me personally to just stroll around either alone, with my girlfriend or with mates for a couple of hours and it never gets boring in my opinion, there's always something new to see and look at each time I go.
I visit the museum regularly with my 2 children. They particularly like the dinosaur section but the museum also has excellent collections of ancient Egyptian mummies and other artifacts and a great natural history section. All this AND free admission. Very family friendly and also has a cafe and a shop.
I've not lived in Manchester very long, but when I move to a new city I like to check out the museums. Manchester Museum may not be big, but it sure is very pretty indeed! The gothic architecture is akin to some of the other buildings in the city, (the town hall and the odd building on princess street...), the insides of the museum are packed with everything a museum nerd like me could want.
My favourite bit of the museum? It's a toss up between the Samurai display and the Dinosaurs. I often go straight to the Japanese weapons section as soon as I arrive, it's all very fascinating!
Amazing fun day out, but also a perfect destination for a first date :)
Back when I was a nipper, my secondary school was situated behind Manchester Museum. I used to have to walk through its grounds to get to my bus stop, meaning I'd inevitably pop in to stare at dinosaur bones and gawp at fossilised poo. When I was twelve, it was a treasure trove of riches, and a great place to waste a couple of hours on a rainy day.
Now I'm older, and (I'd like to think) wiser, it's lost none of its charms. It's still as antiquated and fascinating as it was when I was a child. I love walking through its doors, breathing in the musty odour of the past and analysing the various artifacts trapped behind glass. Like everyone else, I'm continually fascinated by the Mummies, as well as the museum's endlessly engrossing Egyptology section. Whilst a few of its displays veer on the side of the strange, they're always educational - and most of the time wonderfully fun.
Best of all, Manchester Museum is free - meaning it's a great place to take the family during the school holidays if you're stuck for anything to do. It also has a rather fine café (staffed by the same caterers behind the Kro bar empire), meaning you can sit back and sip a coffee when it all gets too much.
It might not have changed much since the 1980s (and a few of the exhibits might look ever so slightly dated now) but Manchester Museum is still a cracking day out for the young and the young at heart.
I’ve been addicted to this place since I was a Student! Back when I was at the University of Manchester, I used to sneak in to look at the taxidermy or the frogs in the vivarium during my lunch hour. And now they’ve got a massive T-Rex, it’s even more exciting!
My favourite bits are the mummies – even though they freak me out a bit. I also like the retro diorama in the taxidermy section, which has a stuffed fox slinking near a bin that’s stuffed with loads of 80s food wrappers. Oh, and who could forget the massive plastic crab that, until recently, sat in the Museum’s window?!
The Museum is free and you could spend most - if not all - of a day there. So it’s a fun, interesting and cheap adventure for little and big kids alike!
The mummys of people and animals are as fascinating as the engines, tools of Ice Age Man in this wonderfully planned maze of informative displays. My son and I have been inside this museum several times as we used to live in nearby. It is home to loads of educative artifacts and precious pieces from all over the world. The Egyptian mummys look real and are displayed well enough to enable full view of the remains. It is one of the best Museums in the UK, the only other one being the British Museum in London where I used to work! Manchester Museum is very easy to find and quite accessible by public transport and walking. There is ofcourse ample parking nearby and entrance is free. It shares borders with the University of Manchester and the area if full of places to eat at very affordable prices. It is a fun and fantastic museum to visit on any day of the week and we love it!
Fascinating for children and adults alike; the famous Manchester Museum is free to enter and is a great way to kill an hour or two learning about other cultures and animals. Some wonderful artefacts.
We went to Manchester Museum as a family last weekend. Our three girls aged 10, 8 and 6 have been raving about it ever since! It was a fantastic experience and we particularly loved the Egyptian section. It was fascinating to see the mummies and all of the amazing artifacts, from kids toys to make-up! It was quite inspirational and fun as well as being very educational. The reptile and dinosaur exhibitions would appeal to most children - especially boys I would imagine! The stuffed animal displays were incredible and warranted far more time. It was great to help the children visualise animals in their natural habitat, and in their real-life size. There really was far too much to cover in one visit and I can guarantee that we will be paying another visit in the near future. A great bargain - free entry.
I recently visited Manchester Museum for the first time, and it took me right back to the excitement of going to museums as a child. There are so many different exhibits to look at, but my favourites were the dinosaurs (that t-rex is huge!) and the stuffed animals. Oh no hang on a minute, there was the Egyptian section too… oooh, and the reptiles! Nope, can’t pick a favourite, it was all wonderful!
We were lucky enough to visit on a day when they had a special exhibit – it was Frog Day! A little room near the entrance was filled with all things froggy, including several live frogs of different varieties, from tiny little poison arrow frogs with amazingly bright colours, to gorgeous green tree frogs with big wide eyes. Everyone was very friendly and eager to explain and answer questions.
There is also a permanent exhibit of live reptiles, with loads of different lizards and snakes to see, which is a bit of a change from other museums I’ve visited!
An excellent family day out, and with free entry (optional donation appreciated) you can’t go wrong.
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