Early years Explorer sessions at Manchester Museum

SBA MUSEUM (29)[1]Explorer sessions are Interactive and multisensory museum led sessions for Foundation stage groups which support the delivery of a creative EYFS curriculum;
Communication and Language
Personal Social and emotional development
Understanding the world: The world

Nature Explorers

Discover wildlife, minibeasts and things that live under the sea on our Natures Library gallery, lizards frogs and snakes in our vivarium and continue on a self-led visit (with resources) on our Living Worlds gallery

Available to book from May 1 2014

We know from your feedback that more early years practitioners would prefer to bring bigger groups of nursery and reception children (30) to our facilitated sessions, but we also know that young children have a better quality experience if they are taught in groups of up to 15. So we are piloting a new session, Nature Explorers, which is designed to give your children a 45 minutes taught session on Natures library gallery with museum staff (group size 15) and to have a 45 minute self-led visit on the Living Worlds gallery (group size 15)  supported by resources and activities.
Cost;£2 per child/ £60 minimum charge

Other early years sessions available;

Dinosaur Explorers

Say hello to Stan the T.rex and become dinosaur hunters whilst following the footprints around the Fossils gallery. What will you uncover on our dinosaur dig?
1 hour and 30 minutes

Please note that we are adapting this session to accommodate groups of 30 children; 45 minutes taught session (Dinosaur dig) in the discovery centre and 45 minutes self-led visit on the fossils gallery with resources

Animal Explorers – Polar Bear Polar Bear

Polar Bear has a problem, some of his animal and bird friends have gone missing! Can you help him find them? Come and explore our Vivarium, Living Worlds and Nature’s Library galleries, as you embark on this exciting mission to find his missing friends. At the end of the session there is an opportunity to meet one of our live animals from the Vivarium.

Please note; this is a fully taught session lasting 1 hour 30 minutes for groups of 15 children (max), as it includes opportunities for close observation and handling of some of the live animals from the vivarium.

To find out more about the museum and our programmes, please visit our website


To make a booking for a facilitated or self-led visit

Call us on 0161 275 2630

Or email School.bookings@manchester.ac.uk

Have a look at our early years film to get a taste of what we can offer young children  on our galleries …..

Explorer sessions at Manchester Museum for Early Years settings from Wild Bees on Vimeo.


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