Look inside Manchester Museum’s £15 million transformation

The museum is currently closed to the public while construction work is completed, and it is on schedule to reopen in February 2023

Manchester Museum, part of The University of Manchester, has released new footage from its ambitious capital development project, hello future. 

The museum is currently working towards an exciting new £15 million project to transform the museum so that is more inclusive, imaginative and caring to the diverse communities it serves.

The museum is currently closed to the public while construction work is completed, and it is on schedule to reopen in February 2023.

The original neo-Gothic building, designed by renowned architect Alfred Waterhouse (1830–1905), is home to around 4.5 million objects from natural sciences and human cultures. Over eighteen thousand objects have had to be moved or protected from building work and the museum is also recycling and reusing as much material as possible.

A modern two-storey extension has increased the building’s footprint and includes a new Exhibition Hall on the ground floor, and on the first floor is a South Asia Gallery, which is a British Museum Partnership.

An accessible entrance from Oxford Road is currently being built and visitors will arrive at a new welcome area that will feature breath-taking objects to inspire wonder and imagination.

Galleries and facilities are being uniquely co-created so that the museum becomes more inclusive, imaginative and caring for the diverse communities it serves.  Facilities will include a Changing Places toilet, a new café, a new dinosaur display, picnic area, prayer space and quiet room.

The extension is clad in green-glazed terracotta tiles which pay homage to Victorian and Edwardian period buildings across Manchester.


Following a hugely successful tour across the USA and China, the opening show in the Exhibition Hall will be Golden Mummies of Egypt . It features eight mummies and more than a hundred objects from the museum’s world-class Egyptology collection.

“We are extending the building, making room for more joy and learning and evolving into the museum Manchester needs,” says Esme Ward, Manchester Museum Director.

“Galleries and exhibitions will showcase the best of the museum’s historic collections, as well as addressing the urgencies of the present day. We can’t wait to reopen our doors in just six months’ time. Until then, we will continue to bring updates on our progress.”

Follow @mcrmuseum on social media for plenty of behind-the-scenes content.

To find out more about this transformation, visit www.mmfromhome.com/hellofuture and www.museum.manchester.ac.uk


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