Another Shop Highlight: This fabulous, interactive “Balancing Cactus” toy for ages 3+ utilises your little ones problem solving skills! Build the cactus and eco-awareness in the knowledge that all materials are sustainable and chemical – free.

11 Apr

Happy Mothers Day From All The Shop Staff. 😀

24 Mar

We have a fantastic range of unique gifts for Mother’s Day from Botanical Prints to Manchester Bee’s Wax Candles, so why not slip down and treat Mum this year?

Manchester Museum Shop Wins the Toymark Award!

21 Mar

The Manchester Museum Shop is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Toymark Award for the second year running. This is awarded by the “Let Toys Be Toys” Campaign and recognises retailers who have made an outstanding contribution to the removal of gender and sexist marketing and labelling of products in their stores. We are amongst exalted company as M&S and Next also won awards!

Fair Trade Week Has Arrived!

10 Mar

It’s Fair Trade Weeks so in keeping with the theme we take a look at Manchester Museum Shop and Fair Trade. The shop here has a long history of supporting Fair Trade from the early days of the movement, and achieved Fair Trade Status way back in March 2006 and became one of the earliest exponents in the heritage industry. As such we advised many other Museums as they aspired to the same status, and are proud to have helped in awareness and acceptance in the sector of its message. We continue to stock many innovative and new Fair Trade Ranges. Among the present offer is a range of Fair Trade Jewellery from Just Trade from Ecuador which is made from Tagua Seeds which is known as vegetable ivory as it is an environmental alternative to Ivory. Found naturally in the Amazon and worked by local families it provides income and protects the rain forest. Priced from £20.00, why not take a look?

New sustainable children’s products have arrived this week. Made of responsibly sourced rubber wood by Lanka Kade they retail from £2.50, a green alternative to regular pocket money offers, and the start of a new Eco Friendly child offer to launch the new look blog!

3 Mar

Watch This Space For The Re-launch Of The Manchester Museum Shop Blog Shortly!

1 Mar

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.