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Manchester Museum

The Manchester Museum is owned by the University of Manchester. It is regarded as one of the top university museums in the United Kingdom. The museums provides access to about six million items from every continent and serves both as a resource for academic research and teaching and as a regional public museum. The major collecting areas in archaeology have been Western Europe (including the British Isles), the Mediterranean, Egypt and Western Asia. The Botanical collection comprises of upwards of 950,000 specimens collected during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The Ethnological collection is mainly made from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas and the total number of artefacts is about 16,000. The Geological collections are of more than local importance and consist of more than 9,000 mineralogical specimens and several hundred thousand fossils. In addition the Manchester Museum has the fourth largest molluscs collection in Britain with 166,000 lots.

For more information please contact The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, Tel: +44 (0)161 275 2634, E-mail:
museum@manchester.ac.uk

Manchester Museum

The Manchester Museum
Photograph © DrPhoenix

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Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery is a free-to-view municipally-owned public art gallery in Manchester City Centre in the North West of England. The gallery houses the civic art collection of Manchester. As well as art of international significance, there are many works specifically related to Manchester. The Manchester Art Gallery is strong in its representation of the English school, with numerous works of Thomas Gainsborough and major works of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Another significant collection in the gallery is of works by Pierre Adolphe Valette. The museum also houses The Picnic (1908), an important work by the British Impressionist painter Wynford Dewhurst, who was born in Manchester. As well as its paintings, the museum holds important collections of glass, silverware and furniture, including two important pieces by the Victorian reformist architect and designer William Burges.

For more information and enquiries please contact Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL, Tel: +44 (0)161 235 8888

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester City Art Gallery
Photograph © David Dixon

Museum of Science and Industry (Manchester)

The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester is a large museum devoted to the development of science, technology, and industry and particularly the city's contributions in those areas. There are extensive displays on the theme of transport (railway locomotives and rolling stock, aircraft, and space vehicles), power (water, electricity, steam and gas engines), Manchester's sewerage and sanitation, textiles, communications and computing. The museum also offers steam train rides, hauled by a replica of "Planet", one of Robert Stephenson's Planet class steam locomotive.

For more information and enquiries please contact Museum of Science, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP, Tel: +44 (0)161 832 2244

Museum of Science and Industry (Manchester)

The entrance to the Museum of Science and Industry
Photograph © Childzy

Heaton Hall

Heaton Park is the biggest park in Greater Manchester, England and one of the biggest municipal parks in Europe. The hall was remodelled to a design by James Wyatt in 1772, and is now open to the public as a museum and events venue. The state rooms include the Library, the Music Room, Dining Room, and upstairs, a rather rare Etruscan Room. The rooms of the hall were exquisitely finished by the finest artists and craftsmen of the period, with most of the furnishings and mahogany doors being made by Gillow's of Lancashire. Most of the decorative paintings, the Pompeiian Cupola Room and the case for the 18th century chamber organ built by Samuel Green in 1790, were the work of Italian artist, Biagio Rebecca. There are 13 rooms open to the public in the central core and east wing. Manchester City Galleries restored the decorative detail in the 1980s and early 1990s. The ground floor rooms on the north east front have been converted to an expansive space that houses temporary exhibitions. The first floor rooms include the Cupola which was originally Lady Egerton's dressing-room. The room was styled in the 1770s "Pompeiian" style with mirrored walls and a domed ceiling and there are only three such rooms left in Britain. Admission is free.

For more information and enquiries please contact Heaton Park, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 5SW, Tel: +44 (0)161 773 1231, E-mail for guided tours:
a.copeland@manchester.gov.uk

Heaton Hall

Heaton Hall
Photograph © Richerman

Cornerhouse, Manchester

Cornerhouse is a centre for cinema and the contemporary visual arts located very close to Oxford Road Station, on Oxford Street in Manchester. It has three floors of art galleries, three cinemas, a bookshop, a bar and a café bar. The Cornerhouse's programme offers independent cinema and contemporary art in the galleries. As well as playing host to International Doodlebug Day (graffiti festival) and New Contemporaries (exhibition of the best recently graduated artists) the galleries aim to show work celebrating innovative artists.

For more information and enquiries please CORNERHOUSE, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH, Tel: +44 (0)161 200 1500, E-mail:
info@cornerhouse.org

Cornerhouse, Manchester

Cornerhouse, Manchester









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