Nature, Science and Civilisations - a highlights tour of 300 millennia
Manchester Museum holds collections spanning millions of years in a gothic, Grade II* listed building - bringing a hint of Hogwarts to Manchester. Take the Nature, Science and Civilisations highlights tour to discover how rare artefacts from across the planet connect global cultures to the heart of the city.
Entry to The Manchester Museum is free. This paid-for highlights tour is with an expert guide.
The Peppered Moth, an example of evolution in action, the Peppered Moth’s camouflaged wings echoed pollution levels in the city, turning black during the smog of the Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s, and lighter again as the city became much cleaner at the end of the twentieth century.
‘Stan’ the Tyrannosaurus Rex is a cast of the second most complete (and biggest!) T-Rex skeleton ever found, Hear his fascinating story of how he became seriously injured and how we’re able to retell it 65 million years later.
Lycopsid Fossil - brought to the museum over a century ago, this huge fossil of the roots from a giant moss was found near Manchester and would have once around 300 million years ago (well before the dinosaurs).
The Sperm Whale skeleton that hangs in the museum is so huge, in 1897 it was shipped from New York to Manchester’s docks in three cases and at only six years old, the whale is around half the size of an adult when it died.
The critically endangered Lemur Leaf Frog was once thought to be extinct, but has been brought back from the brink thanks to experts at the museum, in partnership with the Amphibian Research Centre in Costa Rica. Find out more about this extraordinary creature in the Vivarium, alongside other exotic species.
What to expect:
Discover how Manchester Museum’s collection of four million artefacts connects Manchester’s radical history to the rest of the world: this 45 minute guided tour gives unparalleled insight into the museum’s international collections, including specimens of a moth directly affected by the Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries that transformed Manchester’s fortunes and global standing.
Spanning millennia, the objects housed at the museum go back in time to the earliest life forms on the planet - and even beyond this, to space matter much older than the earth itself. Visitors have the opportunity to touch examples from the UK’s most significant collection of meteorites, around 4.5 billion years old - while the Fossils Gallery offers a chronological journey through some of the world’s rarest fossils, evidence of the earliest living beings on earth.
The tour will also reveal the links between the natural world and Manchester’s remarkable history. A giant Lycopsid fossil in the museum’s collection dates back well before the dinosaurs, but since became caught up in Manchester’s rise to become an industrial power: formed from the roots of a giant moss and over 300 million years old, it’s one of the biggest of its kind to survive, as other examples were mined for coal to power the Industrial Revolution. The Peppered Moth evolved in response to pollution levels in the city, becoming darker when the surfaces of Manchester’s trees and buildings were turned black by factory pollution - Manchester’s own example of Darwin’s theory of evolution. The gothic, Grade II* listed building itself has also been shaped by the city’s post-industrial wealth, with extensions and donations funded by Manchester’s cotton merchants.
From the earliest days of our planet’s history through to Manchester’s standing as an industrial powerhouse - and efforts in the city to save species currently under threat - take the Nature, Science and Civilisations - a highlights tour of 300 millennia to uncover the links between global phenomena and one of the UK’s most radical cities.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Ticket||£9.00 per ticket|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
|Opening dates and times (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
|Monday - Thursday||Closed|
|Saturday - Sunday||Closed|
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