Manchester Museum has confirmed its re-opening date following a major £15 million transformation.
The museum, which is famously home to Stan the T-Rex closed in August 2021 as part of a major redevelopment of the institution. The museum later confirmed that it would re-open in February 2023.
Manchester Museum has now confirmed that the reopening will take place on 18 February.
The renovation works to Manchester Museum aim to increase exhibition space through a new extension and entrance as well as offering inclusive facilities.
Highlights of the refurbishment works to Manchester Museum include:
- The South Asia Gallery, a British Museum partnership. Co-curated with the South Asia Gallery Collective, which includes community leaders, educators and artists, it is the first permanent gallery in the UK to celebrate the lived experience and contributions of the South Asian diaspora. This will include a newly commissioned mural from British artists, The Singh Twins, presenting an emotional map of the South Asian diaspora experience, a rickshaw imported from Bangladesh and decorated by communities in Manchester, and one of the collective’s great-grandfather’s World War I uniform.
- The Lee Kai Hung Chinese Culture Gallery, which draws on historical and contemporary links between Manchester and China to present a diverse understanding of Chinese culture, highlighting personal stories of migration, friendships and collaboration.
- A brand new exhibition hall dedicated to ambitious shows that explore past, present and future, opening with an exhibition dedicated to the Golden Mummies of Egypt.
- Other new additions include a Belonging Gallery reflecting on what it means to belong, led by Alexandra P. Alberda, the first-ever Curator of Indigenous Perspectives at Manchester Museum, and a brand new dinosaur display.