Manchester Museum is delighted to reopen to the public on Wednesday 16 September with new opening times of 11am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday. Although only partially open, visitors will be able to see again their favourite objects in the Natural History galleries, including Stan the T.rex and the Vivarium.

Esme Ward, Director of Manchester Museum, says:

“For the past few months we’ve continued to connect with the public through innovative and engaging ways online via our digital platforms, #MMinQuarantine and live streams, and this is something we intend to keep up. But we know nothing is better than welcoming our visitors to the museum in person. It’s beautiful to be back and we can’t wait for visitors to return.”

Manchester Museum Interior

The Museum have been working very hard to put measures in place that will keep its staff and visitors safe. To comply with the latest government advice and mandatory statement for Covid19, hand sanitisers at entrance points will be provided, a new one-way route system in place to help with social distancing and the wearing of masks for those who aren’t exempt are observed.

Entry remains free but it is essential that visitors will book a timed ticket in advance, so the museum can guarantee a safe while still enjoyable visit. All the booking information can be found here:

For people who don’t have access to the internet via a phone or computer, they can attend in person and a member of the Visitor Team can book for you when you arrive if there are available time slots. And from 23 September, on Wednesdays and Fridays, the Museum will also have a dedicated time (11am-12noon) for vulnerable people with free priority tickets.

Visitors can find out all this information and more, including frequently asked questions on our website:

The take-away coffee shop and the Museum Shop will reopen respectively on the 21 September and on Monday the 5 October. These will both be open seven days a week.