Manchester Museum

About Us

Manchester Museum, part of The University of Manchester, first opened in 1891. It is the UK’s largest university museum and home to over 4.5 million objects from around the world. We are dedicated to promoting a sustainable world and understanding between cultures in everything we do.

hello future is the exciting new £13 million project to transform and develop Manchester Museum, becoming more inclusive, imaginative and relevant to the diverse communities we serve.

Over the next three years we will be building a new two-storey extension, creating new galleries including a new Exhibitions Hall, South Asia Gallery and Chinese Culture Gallery, a new entrance and shop. We will remain open during this time. We will be building new partnerships across the city and around the world. In 2022, we look forward to welcoming you to a bigger, more inclusive and more wondrous Manchester Museum.

Volunteering at Manchester Museum

Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do at Manchester Museum and we offer a variety of ways to get involved. It is a rewarding experience where you can share in the work we do, learn about the Museum and vision that motivates us. Volunteers have opportunities to get up close to our collections through object handling, connect our programmes to diverse audiences and support the care and conservation of our collections.

We have around 140 volunteers at the museum, who contribute over 10,000 hours to the museum every year.

If you are curious about being part of the museums volunteer team and would like to find out details of the next recruitment or further information; please get in touch at

Reading Nature’s Library opportunities

We’re partnered with some of the most prestigious cultural venues in Manchester.

  • Reading Nature’s Library

    Help Manchester Museum discover the treasures in its collection and help us unlock this information and release our collection’s potential. This is an exciting opportunity to volunteer from home with Read more…