A guest post from Rowena, our Projects Coordinator at the Museum.

At the end of September some of our galleries are closing in preparation for the hello future building work to begin.

The original Alfred Waterhouse-designed building that houses our Natural History collections will remain open throughout the redevelopment and we are very excited to focus on exploring these beautiful and extensive collections.

The original Manchester Museum building opened to the public in 1890

Behind the scenes we’ve been getting our Natural History building ready to house everything a modern museum needs – a reception, shop, café, and events spaces.

We’ve already goodbye to our Money Gallery which will be transformed into our new Chinese Culture Gallery for 2021.


The Museum’s 3rd Floor won’t be accessible for the next 3 weeks as we create a brand new Café and activity space, which will be open to visitors from Tuesday 2 October 2018.

3rd floor work
Ongoing work on the 3rd Floor

Our Minerals gallery is soon to become the new temporary entrance and shop.

Minerals gallery stripped back and ready to become the shop

Even whilst this work is underway, the majority of our galleries are open as usual and we are continuing to welcome visitors and run an exciting programme of events.


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