Stuffed animals, skeletons of dinosaurs and ancient Egypt all under one very beautiful roof

I loved the displays in this fabulous museum

Located amongst the university buildings on Oxford Road, this beautiful grand Victorian structure houses a fantastic museum with an impressive collection of natural objects and also houses a small, yet impressive, Egyptian collection.
To entice you to enter (or put you off!), there is a giant spider crab in the window as you approach from the main road, giving you a glimpse of what you can expect inside.

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The giant Spider Crab which can be seen from Oxford Road at the Manchester Museum
Manchester Museum’s replica full-scale T-Rex
T-Rex looks ready to pounce

One of the ground floor’s main attractions is the impressive replica of an enormous full-scale T-Rex within the Fossils section. If you have children with you, they are going to love this!

The building interior is stunning. It felt like I was walking through a Victorian shopping plaza where you can view the beautiful exhibits in glass cases. For a cracking view of the Nature’s World’s and the Nature’s Discovery sections, head to the 3rd floor, look down below and take it all in.

One of the most beautiful interiors in a museum
I loved the animal section at the Manchester Museum

If you’re keen on your taxidermy, then you’ll love this section. There are some fantastic, almost alive-looking polar bears, tigers and gorillas, which look ready to pounce. While in some sections, there were neat-little collections of bugs and butterflies that were hideous to look at yet beautiful at the same time.

Ewww… why do bugs like this exist?
The awesome Egyptian section at the Manchester Museum

The Egyptian section is crammed full of impressive treasures from the ancient capital Thebes, including mummies, coffins, and other fascinating treasures. Check out the unassuming small statue that caused quite a stir a couple of years back, even making the news several times. This object was assumed to be haunted because it would often rotate in the night, yet no other item would do this! Though after a bit of investigation, the actual answer was quite boring. The vibrations from the heavy traffic on Oxford Road gradually helped the statue rotate and debunk the haunted myth.

I love how the beautiful patterns tell stories of the occupier on the coffins

University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL |

Thanks so much for reading my post today on the fascinating Manchester Museum. Not only is this museum housed in a beautiful building, it’s also crammed full of interesting stuff such as a natures section with horrible bugs, and large animals that we normally wouldn’t be able to get this close to. Then there’s the trip around the world you can take with the Egyptian section and Asian artifacts as well. With this museum also being free of charge, there really is no excuses not to visit. Have I inspired you to add this great museum to your bucket list? Are you planning a future trip to Manchester? Leave me a comment below as I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Egyptian Coffins
A patterned coffin on display at the museum

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