Manchester Museum has confirmed that it will reopen its doors to the public from February 2023.

Bosses announced that the huge £15m refurbishment, which includes a two-storey extension, is now entering its final stages.

Dubbed the Hello Future project, it will see the footprint of the museum increase by 25%, with extensive work also carried out improving existing exhibition spaces.

Manchester Museum’s director, Esme Ward, said: “Despite the challenges we have faced during the pandemic, our team and partners never lost faith in our vision for a reimagined Manchester Museum that is more caring, inclusive, and imaginative.

“We’re incredibly grateful to our visitors and communities for their patience while we undergo this huge transformation, and we can’t wait to reopen our doors in 2023.”

The museum’s reopening will see the new Exhibition Hall house the centre’s Golden Mummies of Egypt, a new space known as the Belonging Gallery, the Lee Kai Hung Chinese Culture Gallery and the South Asia Gallery, which is a partnership with the British Museum.

Improved accessibility has been a key focus of the project, with a new ramped entrance from Oxford Road being installed.

Wed 1 Feb, Manchester Museum,
Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Fri 25 Feb 2022