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The Manchester Museum's ebulletin for families

27 Jul 2009

What's on in August

Welcome to The Manchester Museum's ebulletin for families. The summer holidays are finally here and to celebrate we have an exciting month of events for all the family! Come and get creative with a mixture of arts and crafts activities to welcome The Manchester Hermit. Celebrate the opening of our new Nature Discovery activity area part of The Evolutionist Darwin extravaganza! for younger visitors and their families. Get comfy on our Magic Carpet and enjoy exciting stories and fun activities.

Why not come and watch some great films during our Family Friendly Film Festival including First Flicks for under 5's or The Goonies for all the family?

The Manchester Hermit has now taken up his residency. Ansuman is communicating through an online blog. You can follow his thoughts, leave him messages and add in your own creative responses. Further details can be found at:

If you know anyone who is interested in receiving our enewsletters and finding out more about our activities, they can now sign up online at:

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

Manchester Hermit
Has now moved in!

Artist Ansuman Biswas has now taken up his residency as a hermit in the Museum's tower for 40 days and 40 nights which began on Saturday 27 June. He has been looking at some of the Museum's hidden objects and uncovering their stories. Find out what today's object of the day is on Ansuman's blog or find out what he's doing on the webcam. Follow his twitter feed and leave your own messages at:

Why not join in the following related holiday activities:

Hermit crafts
Monday 3 August - Friday 7 August, 11am-4pm

Art and craft and cave-related activities to welcome The Manchester Museum's resident Hermit. Most activities are free and drop-in. Some activities may need to be booked on the day and may cost up to £1.50. All ages

Mass yoga and meditation
Wednesday 5 August, 12.15pm & 1pm

Join in our family yoga and mass meditation to welcome The Manchester Museum's resident Hermit.
12.15pm: Family yoga
1pm: Mass meditation
Drop-in, Free, All ages, Mediterranean Gallery, Floor 2

Big Saturday: Nature Discovery
Saturday 8 August, 11am-4pm

Celebrate the launch of The Evolutionist, our Darwin extravaganza. This Extra Big Saturday will be a day of fun and adventure. Find out who Darwin was and what he did. Explore the Museum and meet some of the animals Darwin met on his Voyage of the Beagle. Join in craft activities and learn about the local ecology outside the Museum.

Some activities may need to be booked on the day. Most activities are free. Some activities may cost up to £1.50. All ages. 

Nature Discovery holiday activities
Monday 10 August - Friday 28 August (weekdays only), 11am-4pm

To celebrate The Evolutionist our Darwin extravaganza! Come and explore the world of animal vegetable and mineral in Nature Discovery, our new activity area for younger visitors and their families. Make creatures and flowers that Darwin would have discovered on his adventure around the world.

  • Monday 10-Friday 14 August: Tree world
    Make birds and bats and other animals that live in trees
  • Monday 17-Friday 21 August: Undersea world
    Make underwater animals from recycled junk
  • Monday 24-Friday 28 August: Meadow world
    Make flowers and bees from recycled junk
  • Wed 12, 19, 26 August, 1-3pm: Nature Detective
    All activities are drop-in, Free, suitable for all ages

Family Friendly Film Festival 2009
Friday 7 August - Sunday 16 August

Running at venues across Greater Manchester. Activities at the Museum will include First Flicks, screenings for under 5s and an evening screening of The Goonies on Monday 10 August.
This is a FREE event!

For details, visit:

Magic Carpet
Various dates, 11am-12pm
Get comfy on our Magic Carpet and enjoy stories and activities:

  • Friday 7 August: Sailing to the Galapagos
  • Friday 14 August: Trees
  • Friday 21 August: Under the sea
  • Friday 28 August: Rainbows

Book on 0161 275 2648, (one week in advance) £1 per child, Under 5s and their families/carers.
Is Manchester Museum your favourite place to have fun for free in Manchester?

Key 103 are running an online poll to find Manchester's hidden gems. The Manchester Museum has been nominated as one of the best places to have fun for free.

If you love the Museum, click here to vote for us. The winner will be announced on Tuesday morning's breakfast show (28 July). Thank you.


We look forward to seeing you soon

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