Visitors at Manchester Museum reopening

Manchester Museum reopening after 18 months leads to massive queues during half-term holidays

  • Manchester Museum has opened for the first time since 2021
  • Long queues have been spotted from the museum’s entrance
  • Director Esme Ward has been vocal on Twitter about the emotional impact of the success

The Manchester Museum reopened on Saturday with long lines following an 18-month closure to complete improvements.

The reopening coincided with the February half-term school holidays, contributing to the buzz.

Director response

Director of Manchester Museum, Esme Ward, expressed her joy at the re-opening’s success on Twitter, describing herself as an “emotional wreck”.

She said: “We’re delighted to announce a wonderful series of events as part of our spring season. Our events and collaborations are more imaginative, caring and inclusive than ever before.

“The museum is full of incredible stories and free activities made for families, young people, students, and adults will help you make the most out of the museum and take a deep dive into some of the most fascinating objects on display.

“2023 is set to be the most exciting year in the museum’s long history and we hope as many people as possible will join the celebrations – there really is something for everyone.”

The new developments include the highly anticipated landmark exhibition- The Golden Mummies of Egypt. They have also implemented improvements to their cafe, an extension and new content committed to understanding other cultures and inclusivity.