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The Manchester Museum's ebulletin for families.

01 Dec 2008

What's on in December 2008.

Welcome to our December family ebulletin. This month we focus on all things magical in our Harry Potter Big Saturday. Come and explore the Museum and find out about the animals and plants featured in the Harry Potter books.

If you know anyone who is interested in receiving our enewsletters and finding out more about our activities, click on the 'forward to a friend' button at the top. Alternatively, they can now sign up through our website.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Best wishes,

Ros Helliwell, The Manchester Museum

The Manchester Museum is open daily

Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-5pm Sunday, Monday and Bank Holidays: 11am-4pm

Harry Potter Big Saturday

Saturday 6 December 11am-4pm

Come in your wizarding robes or muggle outfits for a fun day of magical activities. Explore the world of Harry Potter through the Museum’s mystical collection of animals and plants. Meet witches and wizards and take part in a variety of wizarding craft activities. Make your own wand, hat and Hogwarts school tie in your favourite house colours. Find out about owls and mandrakes or join a Harry-Potter-themed behind-the-scenes tour of the herbarium plant store, set in a Hogwarts-style tower (booking required).

Click here for booking information and to find out more

Magical Magic Carpet

Friday 12 December 11am-12noon

Winter-time magic for the under 5's and their families.

Book (from 5 December onwards) on 0161 275 2648. Cost: £1

Click here to find out more

Objects in focus

Here are some of the objects you could see in the Museum on Harry Potter Day:

  • Plant: Mandrake
    appear in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. When they’re pulled out of the ground their scream will kill a person.
  • Owl: Tawny owl
    are frequently used as messengers by the students at Hogwarts.
  • Plant model: Wolfsbane
    In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Remus Lupin takes Wolfsbane potion so that he remains safe during the full moon and doesn’t turn into a Werewolf.
  • Book: Gerrard’s Herbal, 1597
    This book is similar to One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi by Phyllida Spore which can be found in the library at Hogwarts. This ancient herbal book is currently on display in the Lindow Man exhibition.

Click here to find out more about Harry Potter Day

We look forward to seeing you soon

The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL