Manchester Museum reveal mega events programme including red carpet Film Night, live music and food fests

Blockbuster Manchester Museum attracts over 50,000 visitors on first week of reopening and reveals an exciting Spring programme of cultural events

Manchester Museum has attracted more than 50,000 visitors in the first week after their reopening, following its £15 million transformation.

Part of the University of Manchester, Manchester Museum has announced an unmissable programme of events following its reopening to the public on 18 February.

To mark this exciting new beginning, Professor of Public History, David Olusoga OBE, will deliver a thought-provoking lecture addressing the dilemmas facing museums in the 21st century. This event, in partnership with Creative Manchester, is part of Museum Meets, a new series that brings unique opportunities to meet and hear from extraordinary and inspiring people.

“We’re delighted to announce a wonderful series of events as part of our spring season,” said Esme Ward, Director of Manchester Museum. Our events and collaborations are more imaginative, caring and inclusive than ever before.

Film Night

Museum Lates gives you time to experience the joy and wonder of the museum after hours and highlights the work of artists, writers, activists, performers and othersOn Wednesday 8 March, the museum will stay open until 9pm and roll out the red carpet to host a Film Night with several screenings in different galleries (films yet TBC). 

Museum Celebrates

Museum Celebrates will showcase the incredible diversity of our city with festivals, carnivals and religious celebrations. Educators and students can visit the museum on 14 and 15 March to celebrate British Science Week. 

Rhythm Xchange

For music lovers, Rhythm Xchange on 17 and 18 March will premiere musical collaborations including J.A.V.A and Jay’s Jam with Johnny Jay and guitar legend Aziz Ibrahim, as well as headliners Gracie T and Chande.

Food Fests

On 29 March, in the spirit of Ramadan, the month of hospitality and sharing, the museum will host an Iftar, which is an evening of food, friendship and conversation across faiths and cultures. Following this on 13 April, there will be a wonderful celebration for Vaisakhi.

The Big Weekender

Museum Wonders is where imagination and learning come to life and there’s plenty for families to do. The Big Weekender focuses on Earth Day on 22 – 23 April, offering opportunities to get stuck in and have fun with objects while learning about the diversity of life on our planet.

Golden Mummies of Egypt

Visitors are also reminded that free tickets to Golden Mummies of Egypt, are available now. This exhibition offers unparalleled access to the museum’s world-class Egypt and Sudan collections and Manchester is the only place in the UK where you will be able to see this stunning show.

Esme continued: “The museum is full of incredible stories and free activities made for families, young people, students, and adults will help you make the most out of the museum and take a deep dive into some of the most fascinating objects on display.

“2023 is set to be the most exciting year in the museum’s long history and we hope as many people as possible will join the celebrations – there really is something for everyone.”

Events are free but booking tickets is recommended to guarantee entry. To find out more about upcoming events and activities, please visit the website.


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