Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum We're the Museum on Oxford Road at The University of Manchester with the dinosaurs. We are open seven days a week, and free to all.
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Season’s Greetings for a peaceful and happy new year!We look forward to seeing you in 2020, thank you for making this ye...
28/12/2019

Season’s Greetings for a peaceful and happy new year!

We look forward to seeing you in 2020, thank you for making this year so great.

Seasonal Opening:
10am - 5pm
We will be closed on 1 January 2020.

Parking:
Car park D will be closed until 2 January 2020.
Aquatics Centre Car Park will remain open.

Limited disabled parking available on Bridgeford Street.

https://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/visit/gettinghere/

‪Day 24: Christmas Cake ‬Love it or hate it, Christmas Cake has graced the festive table for hundreds of years. Under th...
24/12/2019
Christmas Cake

‪Day 24: Christmas Cake ‬

Love it or hate it, Christmas Cake has graced the festive table for hundreds of years. Under the final door of our Advent Calendar, Catherine looks at the history of this traditional recipe.

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Botanical illustration of nutmeg, Myristica fragrans (Houtt.), donated by Charles Bailey. Herbarium collection, Manchester Museum. Christmas Cake – A Traditional Recipe Whether you lov…

Books make the perfect gifts and none more so than children’s fiction.🐛  The stories we consume as children become engra...
23/12/2019

Books make the perfect gifts and none more so than children’s fiction.🐛

The stories we consume as children become engrained in how we perceive the world and we believe that messages of compassion and imagination can ignite a lifetime of curiosity.

The shop team wish you all a peaceful and restorative Christmas...and hope that a good book is nesting under the tree. 💫

‪Day 23: A Love for Wooden Toys‬Wooden toys have been a classic in households for centuries and make wonderful gifts for...
23/12/2019
A Love for Wooden Toys

‪Day 23: A Love for Wooden Toys‬

Wooden toys have been a classic in households for centuries and make wonderful gifts for children at Christmas. Under today’s advent calendar door, Rachel finds out about toys from the ancient world, and showcases the wooden toys made by PlanToys.

If you’re looking for last minute Christmas gifts, the Manchester Museum Shop is open until 5pm today!

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We have various PlanToys available in the Museum Shop, our particular favourite is the Beehive Game, which is particularly suited to develop children’s motor skills and colour recognition as they t…

Day 22: Three Friends of Winter 岁寒三友 Today is the Winter Solstice. The Chinese name for this is Dongzhi (冬至), the extrem...
22/12/2019
Three Friends of Winter 岁寒三友

Day 22: Three Friends of Winter 岁寒三友

Today is the Winter Solstice. The Chinese name for this is Dongzhi (冬至), the extreme of winter. So, on the darkest day of the year, under today’s window on the advent calendar, Fang invites you to have a warm cup of tea as you read and meet the Three Friends of Winter...

#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips #WinterSolstice

The three friends of winter. Porcelain teacup on display at Manchester Museum. Three Friends of Winter 岁寒三友 December 22nd is the Winter Solstice. The Chinese name for this is Dongzhi (冬至), t…

Christmas isn’t complete without extra sparkle ✨ Our Stan necklace, made in collaboration with Fair Trade, is the perfec...
21/12/2019

Christmas isn’t complete without extra sparkle ✨

Our Stan necklace, made in collaboration with Fair Trade, is the perfect gift for all dinosaur enthusiasts. Add some prehistoric flair to your New Years outfit and support the museum for future generations.

A very Cretaceous Christmas indeed! 🦖

Seasonal Opening: 10am - 5pmManchester Museum will be closed on 24, 25, 26 December 2019 and 1 January 2020.Parking:Car ...
21/12/2019
Getting Here | Manchester Museum

Seasonal Opening:
10am - 5pm
Manchester Museum will be closed on 24, 25, 26 December 2019 and 1 January 2020.

Parking:
Car park D will be closed from 9pm on 23 December until 6am on 2 January.

Aquatics Centre Car Park will remain open 6am - 11pm daily.

Visitors with limited mobility can park on Bridgeford Street (limited spaces).

See the website for more details, or give us a call on 0161 275 2648.

HomeVisitGetting Here Visit Home Visit Getting Here Tours Hire Families Galleries Access Research Thanks To You Getting Here The Museum is on a major bus route and easily reached via public transport, or on foot or bicycle Manchester Museum is a walk, bike ride or bus journey from Manchester city ce...

Day 21: Kissing under the Mistletoe Mistletoe is one of the most easily recognised festive symbols, combining the festiv...
21/12/2019
Kissing under the Mistletoe

Day 21: Kissing under the Mistletoe

Mistletoe is one of the most easily recognised festive symbols, combining the festive spirit with a touch a romance. So today, Alex Bennett finds out where the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe came from.

#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips

Mistletoe specimen in the herbarium, Manchester Museum. Kissing under the Mistletoe Mistletoe is one of the most easily recognised festive symbols. By combining the festive spirit with a tou…

Deck the halls with boughs of holly...and a carrot for good measure. 🥕Christmas is upon us and the shop tree is glisteni...
20/12/2019

Deck the halls with boughs of holly...and a carrot for good measure. 🥕

Christmas is upon us and the shop tree is glistening with an array of colourful decorations by Gisela Graham. We particularly like the chilli - sure to spice up any tree! 🌶

All proceeds from the shop help support the museum for future generations.

Day 20: Unwrapping Wonderful Things... Through today’s window, we explore the ways that, from the ancient world to the g...
20/12/2019
Unwrapping Wonderful Things…

Day 20: Unwrapping Wonderful Things...

Through today’s window, we explore the ways that, from the ancient world to the gifts under the tree, wrapping an object can frame it as something special.

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Re-wrapped divine image from Manchester Museum’s 2015 exhibition, ‘Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed’. (Photo: Julia Thorne / Source) Unwrapping wonderful things……

‪Day 19: Epiphany Around the World Epiphany, or Twelfth Night is celebrated 12 days after Christmas and marks the ends o...
19/12/2019
Epiphany Around the World

‪Day 19: Epiphany Around the World

Epiphany, or Twelfth Night is celebrated 12 days after Christmas and marks the ends of traditional celebrations, when the Christmas decorations come down. Today, Chiara explores some of the ways that Epiphany is celebrated across the world.

‪#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips‬

Naughty children in Italy can expect to be left coal by Belfana on Ephiphany. If they had been good, this would have been toys and candy! Coal specimen, Living Worlds, Manchester Museum. Epi…

‪Day 18: A Christmas Craze – The Fern Madness! ‬Today, Bryony finds out more about Pteridomania or ‘Fern Madness’ that s...
18/12/2019
A Christmas Craze – The Fern Madness!

‪Day 18: A Christmas Craze – The Fern Madness! ‬

Today, Bryony finds out more about Pteridomania or ‘Fern Madness’ that swept the country in Victorian times, and why many Christmas Cards from the time feature ferns...

And talking of Christmas Cards, remember that today is the Royal Mail’s last posting day for UK delivery before Christmas.

‪#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips ‬

A Victorian Christmas card in our Nature’s Library Gallery, Manchester Museum The Fern Madness! “I wish it could be Christmas, every day…” So goes the popular song, but at Manchester Museum we do h…

‪Day 17: An Indian Advent‬Behind door 17 of the museum advent calendar, Jake explores the the history of Christianity in...
17/12/2019
An Indian Advent

‪Day 17: An Indian Advent‬

Behind door 17 of the museum advent calendar, Jake explores the the history of Christianity in India and the vibrant advent celebrations, filled with light.

‪#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips #SouthAsiaGallery ‬

The vibrant colours of South Asia, from Manchester Museum’s video ‘South Asia Gallery’, Manchester Museum South Asia Gallery co-curators share their aspirations for the new galler…

‪Day 16: Bee-ing a Caring Museum ‬Today, Rachel looks at some of the gifts in the Museum Shop and how they are making a ...
16/12/2019
Bee-ing a Caring Museum

‪Day 16: Bee-ing a Caring Museum ‬

Today, Rachel looks at some of the gifts in the Museum Shop and how they are making a positive impact on the environment.

‪#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips #MuseumShop‬

rCup and BeeBee Wraps available in the Manchester Museum Shop. Bee-ing a Caring Museum Christmas is a time for thoughtfulness and care, and Manchester Museum’s new exhibition, Beauty a…

‪Day 15: Winter warming Masala Chai ‬With its warming spice blend, satisfyingly creamy texture and comforting nature, Pi...
15/12/2019
Winter warming Masala Chai

‪Day 15: Winter warming Masala Chai ‬

With its warming spice blend, satisfyingly creamy texture and comforting nature, Piotr takes a look at Masala Chai, and considers how it is simply perfect for dark, cold winter days.

‪#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips‬

A selection of apothecary spice jars held in the herbarium at Manchester Museum. Left to right: ginger, black peppercorns, cardamom, fennel, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg (with mace) and star anise. A…

‪Day 14: The Christmas Star(fish) ‬Today Bryony explores the Christmas symbolism of the star, and the unusual biology of...
14/12/2019
The Christmas Star(fish)

‪Day 14: The Christmas Star(fish) ‬

Today Bryony explores the Christmas symbolism of the star, and the unusual biology of the starfish ⭐️

‪#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips‬

Some of nature’s ‘stars’ on display in Nature’s Library, Manchester Museum. The Christmas Star Stars have been associated with Christmas since the beginning – literal…

‪Day 13: Party Clothes and Winter Woollies ‬It’s Christmas Jumper Day! And under today’s door on the advent calendar, Ai...
13/12/2019
Party Clothes and Winter Woollies

‪Day 13: Party Clothes and Winter Woollies ‬

It’s Christmas Jumper Day! And under today’s door on the advent calendar, Aisha looks at winter woollies and how we can think more sustainably when updating our wardrobes...

‪#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips‬
‪#ChristmasJumperDay‬

Mouflon sheep, Living Worlds, Manchester Museum. I’ve got nothing to wear! How often is it that we sigh with frustration, “I’ve got nothing to wear,” as we slam our w…

‪Day 12: A History of Sage (& Onion) Through Time ‬Through today’s window on the advent calendar, Louise takes a nostalg...
12/12/2019
A History of Sage (and onion) through time

‪Day 12: A History of Sage (& Onion) Through Time ‬

Through today’s window on the advent calendar, Louise takes a nostalgic look at a childhood favourite - packet stuffing!

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Common sage specimen, seeds and illustration on a 19th century herbarium sheet from Leo Grindon’s cultivated plant collection. Manchester Museum (source) A History of Sage (& Onion) thro…

The museum works with fantastic partnerships such as Venture Arts, a Manchester-based organisation that helps people wit...
11/12/2019

The museum works with fantastic partnerships such as Venture Arts, a Manchester-based organisation that helps people with learning disabilities to engage with, and be recognised in art and culture.

One of our fantastic volunteers, Amber, recommends the Christmas cards featuring illustrations by Venture Arts’ artists. Firm favourites are ‘Home Alone’ and ‘The Snowman’ - we think even Scrooge would be filled with Christmas cheer if he was given one of these cards.

‪Day 11: Christmas Island and Manchester Museum‬Today Peter explores the unique flora of one of the most festively named...
11/12/2019
Christmas Island and Manchester Museum

‪Day 11: Christmas Island and Manchester Museum‬

Today Peter explores the unique flora of one of the most festively named places in the world...

‪#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips #Herbarium ‬

Specimen of Arenga listeri, endemic to Christmas Island. Herbarium collection, Manchester Museum Christmas Island – A Festive Story… Christmas Island sits in the Indian Ocean jus…

Day 10: Memories of Christmas Past Today Lindsey takes a festive look at the museum’s botany archives.#AdventCalendar #M...
10/12/2019
Memories of Christmas Past

Day 10: Memories of Christmas Past

Today Lindsey takes a festive look at the museum’s botany archives.

#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips #Herbarium

Vintage Newspapers: Manchester Museum’s Herbarium is not only an archive of trees and plants… Christmas Treasures in the Herbarium Many of the plant specimens stored in the herbarium in…

‪Day 9: An Elephant Themed ChristmasUnder today’s door on the calendar, inspired by when Maharaja visited Piccadilly sta...
09/12/2019
An Elephant Themed Christmas

‪Day 9: An Elephant Themed Christmas

Under today’s door on the calendar, inspired by when Maharaja visited Piccadilly station earlier this year, Rachel shows us some of the elephant themes decorations and gifts currently available in the museum shop.

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Elephant themed gifts in the Museum shop. An glass bauble shaped like an elephant and a beautifully illustrated edition of the Jungle Book. Maharajah – A Moving Story This year saw the Manche…

‪Day 8: Christmas Hats - which birds wear them best?‬Whether it’s a Father Christmas-style red cap, or a crown from a Ch...
08/12/2019
Christmas Hats – Which birds wear them best?

‪Day 8: Christmas Hats - which birds wear them best?‬

Whether it’s a Father Christmas-style red cap, or a crown from a Christmas cracker, seemingly nobody’s head goes unadorned at Christmas. But there are plenty of bird species that have a natural, colourful ‘hat’ – made of their own plumage.

Today, Bryony, a true museum professional will rate some of those examples straight from the museum floor, so you don’t have to…

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Some of the candidates for best (and worst) Christmas hat on Nature’s Library, Manchester Museum. Christmas hats – who wears them best? Whether it’s a Father Christmas-style red c…

‪Day 7: An Ethical Christmas Tree? ‬‪#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #Christm...
07/12/2019
An Ethical Christmas Tree?

‪Day 7: An Ethical Christmas Tree? ‬

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One of Manchester Museum’s Christmas trees for 2019. Decorated by Project Inc. An Ethical Christmas Tree? Yes, it’s true that human action is destroying the planet at a rapid rate, but …

Day 6: Decorating the TreeUnder today's door of the museum advent calendar, Project Inc. put a contemporary twist on tra...
06/12/2019
Decorating the Tree

Day 6: Decorating the Tree
Under today's door of the museum advent calendar, Project Inc. put a contemporary twist on traditional Christmas decorations...
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Christmas decorations made by Project Inc., who are currently providing inclusive, creative learning for 11-19 year olds at Manchester Museum.   Traditional decorations… Christmas! It’s…

Day 5: Beware the KrampusIt’s Day 5 of Manchester Museum’s Advent Calendar, and today we find out that maybe it’s not th...
05/12/2019
Beware the Krampus

Day 5: Beware the Krampus

It’s Day 5 of Manchester Museum’s Advent Calendar, and today we find out that maybe it’s not the elf on the shelf you should be worries about this year, but the Krampus on campus!

Alpine Ibex, a wild goat vulnerable to changes in climate. Living Worlds gallery, Manchester Museum. Beware the Krampus Christmas is coming and if you’re not on Santa’s ‘good’ list then you’re in …

‪Day 4: Waes Hael!‬‪#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTips‬
04/12/2019
Waes Hael!

‪Day 4: Waes Hael!‬
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Specimen of domestic apple, collected by Charles Bailey in 1917, from Manchester Museum’s Herbarium Collection. A Christmas Toast Who doesn’t like to have a toast at Christmas? The Angl…

Day 3 - Flying home for Christmas#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasTi...
03/12/2019
Flying Home for Christmas

Day 3 - Flying home for Christmas
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Arctic tern on display in Nature’s Library, Manchester Museum. Around the world in … 365 days! Not many days left until Father Christmas travels around the world, delivering his presents to e…

Day 2 - Venture Arts for Christmas#AdventCalendar #MMhellofuture #Christmas #McrMuseum #SustainableChristmas #ChristmasT...
02/12/2019
#MMChristmas2019

Day 2 - Venture Arts for Christmas
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Pop down to Manchester Art Gallery today10am-4pm,  for some festive shopping and celebrate shops that help cultural attr...
01/12/2019

Pop down to Manchester Art Gallery today10am-4pm, for some festive shopping and celebrate shops that help cultural attractions to thrive.
#museumshopsunday

We will be opening the doors on our Museum Advent Calendar every day... Explore some festive connections with our collec...
01/12/2019
#MMChristmas2019

We will be opening the doors on our Museum Advent Calendar every day... Explore some festive connections with our collections, together with some top tips for a more sustainable Christmas!

Day 1: An Evergreen AdventWhen I was young, throughout the year, whenever we visited woods and forests, we used to colle...
01/12/2019

Day 1: An Evergreen Advent

When I was young, throughout the year, whenever we visited woods and forests, we used to collect cones - pine, fir, larch, even monkey puzzle! At Christmas, my dad used to paint the tips white, like snow, and attach wire to them so we could hang them on the Christmas tree…

During the festive season, cones are everywhere… In fact, evergreens have been used to celebrate winter festivals for thousands of years – the Romans used fir trees to decorate their temples for Saturnalia, pagans used branches to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, a reminder of the spring to come, while Christians have used evergreens to signify continuous life.

In Christian tradition, Advent refers specifically to the four Sundays and weeks before Christmas, so Advent only starts on the 1st December when Christmas Day is on a Wednesday - which happens this year!

Drawing on nature’s evergreens, there is a Christian tradition of making an Advent Crown or wreath, and the symbolism is beautiful. Any pinecones used as decoration symbolise life and resurrection.

Cones have been around for more than millions of years. They were even a favourite food of dinosaurs. And cones have been used symbolically in many different cultures. In ancient Assyria,
winged genii were often depicted on reliefs holding a bucket and a cone, it is thought that these are depictions of rituals of either purification of fertilisation.

So, as a motif, cones have been used by many people across time and space… but for me, they will always contain a little bit of Christmas.

Wishing you a peaceful Christmas,
Michelle x

Sustainable Christmas Tip #1: Avoid shop-bought plastic wreaths and make your own from foraged natural materials, bringing the outside in! There are plenty of easy online tutorials out there and you can choose the colours and textures that work for your home. And for more tips and tricks, the National Trust run whole range of Christmas Craft Workshops, including wreath making - where you can also enjoy a glass of mulled wine and mince pie!

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