Manchester is a city bursting with culture, history and amazing sights, so it’s no surprise that it has some of the best museums and galleries in the UK. From archaeological exhibitions, to the latest in technological advancement, Manchester has it all. So, to get you inspired and raring to learn, we’ve put together a list of our four favourite museums in this amazing North West city, all you have to do is pack up your gear and drive down today.
Imperial War Museum, North (IWM North)
The IWM North is located on the quays in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and is a part of a long list of Imperial War Museums that are dotted throughout London and Cambridge. The IWM North explores past and future conflicts, from as far back as the First World War to present day, focusing on the wars that have involved Britain and the Commonwealth.
During the upcoming months you’ll have the chance to explore a range of exhibitions, including The Asia Triennial Manchester 2014 collection of artist’s work, various Remembrance Day events and live performances that document a soldier’s life at war. In December, you’ll also get to learn more about the British and German Christmas truce of WWI. Different talks will be held on the subject, and a range of personal objects from the past will be put on display, from handwritten postcards by soldiers sent to relatives, to the Princess Mary Gift Tins and even the lid of a Christmas pudding tin.
Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
As a whole, the MOSI explores how science, innovation and industry continue to work together to create a sustainable society for present day and the future. There are plenty of activities and things to see throughout the museum, from meeting ‘Baby’, the museum’s replica of a 1948 SSEM (Small Scale Experimental Machine) to watching engine presentations, and finding out how they powered the mills right across Manchester and the rest of the North West.
If you’re bringing your kids along for the ride, then you’re in luck. As well as demonstrations of ground-breaking technology and gadgets, you and your family can also head over to our 4D theatre, where the latest in cinema releases are shown in a fun and exciting way – your kids are bound to love it!
Manchester Jewish Museum
The Manchester Jewish Museum is located in a former Spanish and Portuguese synagogue, which was originally finished in 1874, making it the oldest surviving in Manchester. In 1984 the synagogue was repurposed and opened as a museum, and has since continued to grow its collection of Jewish stories from Manchester, art and photographs. On top of this, the museum also holds various presentations and activities; lucky visitors can attend inspirational talks by Holocaust survivors, as well as fascinating Jewish Heritage Walks throughout the city.
Upcoming exhibitions include the ‘Made in Manchester: The Art of Emmanuel Levy’, an assortment of paintings and drawings by Emmanuel Levy, including the famous “Crucifixion”, which was inspired by Levy’s response to the horrors of the Holocaust.
The Manchester Museum is owned by Manchester University, and is a direct result of the University’s Natural History Society. It’s home to a great deal of archaeological and anthropological works, including an enthralling assortment of natural history that is bound to inspire kids and adults alike. From ancient Rome to pre-historic Egypt, and from fascinating human skeletal remains to 600,000 Zoological items and a vivarium, Manchester Museum houses a lot of beguiling artefacts that’s sure to capture your interest.
The museum’s best bits include their monthly geology sessions, where the university’s Curator of Earth and Sciences, David Gelsthorpe, talks through everything rock. If you’d prefer something a little more festive, then take your kids along to the newly opened Nature Discovery Centre, where they can cut and print their own Christmas cards and calendars.
In the mood to learn?
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