Home Educators

We love to welcome home educating families to learn at Manchester Museum.

The Museum is free to visit and you are very welcome to bring your children any day of the week. Please just let us know you’re coming for a learning visit by clicking on ‘Make a Booking’ at the bottom of this page.

To help you plan your visit, you might find our on-gallery learning resources helpful, and you’ll finds loads of information – on everything from opening times and travel arrangements, to refreshments and events – on the Visit page of our website.


Some handy hints

  • If you’d like to attend as a large party, you can pre-book a lunch space so you can eat together. Just make a booking a few weeks in advance and we’ll do our best to fit you in.
  • Manchester Museum gets extremely busy on term-time weekdays between 10.30am and 2.00pm. You might find it more comfortable to visit outside of these times.
  • Keep an eye on our events calendar for activities you can attend as individuals/families.
  • Follow our Twitter and blog for the latest information on our learning activities.

Booking a workshop?

Some home educators choose to come together to form larger groups to book onto our primary, secondary or post-16 workshops. These offer access to an expert facilitator and the chance to handle real museum objects, ask questions and work together with other children.

To help make these workshops a great experience for your group, please bear in mind:

  • We will need one person to be the ‘group leader’ to coordinate the booking.
  • Payment is made in advance for the whole group. We’ll explain how to do this when you make your booking.
  • Our learning spaces are of a limited size and can accommodate a maximum of 40 people. When planning your day, please consider how many adults and younger siblings might be with your group alongside the children booked onto the workshop, and ensure the total is under 40 people. Please check if you are unsure about whether your group will fit – we want everyone to be comfortable!
  • The accompanying adults will be involved in some of the activities to help the children work together and ensure the safety of the Museum artefacts.

If you’d like to discuss any aspects of planning your visit, please contact the Primary Learning Coordinator, Amy McDowall.

We hope to see you in the Museum soon!

Make a Booking