Manchester Museum

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Manchester Museum

The city's best-known museum forms part of Manchester University and is famed for its collection of natural history and human artefacts

From archeology and anthropology to earth sciences and entomology (that’s insects to you and me), the range of exhibits in the museum is mind-boggling.

There’s Stan, a reproduction of a massive T-rex fossil. There are elaborate Egyptian sarcophagi and creepy looking mummies. There’s a giant Japanese spider crab. In short, there’s a whole lot to see and do whether you're eight or 80. Children will love the vivarium, where they can get up close to all manner of frogs, reptiles and crawly things. Living Worlds leaves behind the past to look at the future and how current choices affect it.

The museum enjoyed a huge spike in visitor numbers in 2013 when a security camera revealed that a small Egyptian statue was turning in a perfect circle so slowly that it was imperceptible unless viewed as a time-lapse. The video went viral on YouTube, and despite explanations to do with vibrations caused by internal visitors and external traffic, the statue itself, called Neb-Senu and dating back to 1800BC, still attracts fans of the mysterious.

By: Rob Martin


Venue name: Manchester Museum
Address: The University Of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL
Transport: Rail: Oxford Road
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  • Latin and world Monday March 19 2018

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Manchester Museum has got such a wide variety of exhibits that any visitor is likely to find something that they find fascinating. It is particularly good at providing a story behind the items it has on display.

It contains the skeleton of the elephant that walked from Edinburgh to Manchester. It has a, stuffed and mounted, Tigon that lived in Manchester zoo. It has a beautiful, live, Panther Chameleon. I even has some gilded bees!

It is free to enter, with plenty of helpful staff. It is surprisingly large and did not feel crowded even though there were many people there on the Friday morning that I visited.

It is well worth a visit if you have a couple of hours to spare when you are in Manchester. I really enjoyed it.