The Boy Who Really Really Really Loves Lizards

1 Nov

frog book


Manchester Museum is proud to present our very first children’s book!  ‘The Boy Who Really Really Really Loves Lizards‘ is the charming tale of Oliver, his love of all things reptile and a day-trip to a rather familiar location. The book has just been published especially to coincide with the re-opening of our live animals Vivarium.

Author John Hamilton is a local painter and printmaker who exhibits his work across the UK, Europe and in the USA. He recently completed an MA in Children’s Book Illustration and this is his first book.  John spends much of his spare time at the Vivarium with his son, the real-life Oliver.

The book is now readily available to purchase from the museum shop or online at:

Whitworth Weekending

2 Aug
Whitworth Weekending
Fri 30 Aug__Sun 1 Sept
Were having a party – please join us
Three extraordinary days in Whitworth Park
Whitworth Weekending will take place in Whitworth Park from Friday 30 August__Sunday 1 September 2013
Friday__30 August
Saturday__31 August
Sunday__1 September
12noon__until late
Whitworth Weekending is a free weekend of art, music and performance for all ages in Whitworth Park. It’s our way of saying thank you to everyone who makes the Whitworth what it is. Celebrate with us the last days of the Whitworth as we know it, before we close to extend and transform the gallery. We re-open in Summer 2014.
The goodbye begins at 4pm on Friday with the best of After Hours and continues with a festival feel on Saturday. The drama and spectacle will come to a head on Saturday evening as the fabric of the building becomes the canvas for the show. As dusk falls on Sunday, Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, artists who know Manchester and the Whitworth well, will bring the weekend to a close with Six White Horses, an enchanting and beautiful new work to mark the last moment of this chapter of the Whitworth’s history.

You Can Never Have Too Many Squirrels.

30 Apr

Fossil Foods!

15 Apr
Photo; Simon Watson

  Photo; Simon Watson

We’re getting rather excited about the opening of our new Museum gallery Nature’s Library at the end of this month.

In preparation we thought we’d knock up some fossil cookies, as seen on Martha Stewart’s website using the new plastic bug collection in our shop. Unlike the bugs themselves, our results were delicious.

Nature’s Library opens 27th April.

Paper Chairs

3 Apr

Paper Chair


Artist Vincent Tomczyk creates extremely realistic looking sculptures  primarily out of paper.

I am currently working on a series of paper chairs. I am interested in how personal chairs can become over time – almost taking on the characteristics of their owners. Chairs provide a sense of dignity – from hand carved stools in Africa, to thrones in Europe. Conversely, chairs are ubiquitously a part of our public and social lives, bringing humanity together in small groups or en masse.

(Via MAKE)

A New Shop Is Coming…

27 Feb

Maximum destruction


If you have been at the Whitworth Art Gallery over the past couple of days you may have inadvertently wandered into the building site currently masquerading as our shop.

We are conducting a minor re-fit in time for the launch of Spring Season Friday, and are knee deep in demolished units and newly arrived stock. We close Thursday evening for the final push, and re-open new and improved Friday evening.

Canada: You Are Awesome.

13 Feb

Dino Coin

The Canadian Mint is releasing the second in its series of ‘Prehistoric Creature’ glow in the dark dinosaur coins, this time with the Quetzalcoatlus.

The Quetzalcoatlus isn’t technically a dinosaur; it was an ancient flying reptile belonging to the order Pterosauria the most famous of which was the Pterodactyl. This does not make the coin any less awesome.

The $30 coins are strictly limited edition, but well worth a trip to Canada.

Lego Dinosaurs Don’t Exist (Yet)

3 Jan

lego t rexThis dinosaur skeleton LEGO set is up for support on the LEGO CUUSO website  where if it reaches 10,000 supporters LEGO will review the sets for manufacture.

The Shop Elves are so excited by the prospect of building their own LEGO dinosaur they may just combust before the target is reached…

Candeliers & Happy Holidays

24 Dec

Gummy Candelier

Seasons Eatings!! As a festive treat here’s a picture of New York-based designer Kevin Champeny’s “Candelier” ; an 18″ diameter chandelier handcrafted out of more than 3,000 hand-cast acrylic gummy bear candies.

If you can afford it, you can buy the larger-sized one (31″ diameter) for $6,500.00 USD at

Scary Monsters (Super Creeps)

22 Dec

Super Creeps


A new species of spider that builds decoys of larger spiders to scare away potential predators may have been discovered in the Peruvian Amazon, according to science educator and biologist Phil Torres in a recent interview with Wired.

We don’t like spiders at the best of times; clever spiders are the stuff of our nightmares…