The Inflatable Museum

What it is

The Inflatable Museum is an immersive learning environment designed to bring the wonder and curiosity of Manchester Museum to school halls across Greater Manchester. Incorporating a flexible activity area and high quality AV equipment, the Inflatable Museum is a vibrant, engaging space in which to handle real objects from our collection and create memorable and inspiring learning experiences.


How it works

The Inflatable Museum can accommodate a full primary school class and their accompanying adult helpers; approximately 36 people in total. It takes 30-40 minutes to set up depending on what workshop we’re delivering.

The Inflatable Museum has been designed to fit in the average school hall, and its dimensions are 8.2m long x 7.4m wide x 3.5m tall. Due to the lightweight nature of the fabric used to construct it, the Inflatable can only be set up indoors. It is therefore likely to be your school hall that accommodates it. We can ‘deflate’ for a portion of the day to allow for the normal delivery of lunch service, and we’ll need around 30-45 minutes after your final workshop to pack away.

What we offer

Archive Explorer: Ancient Egypt (KS2, 70 minutes)

Through an immersive, time-travelling adventure in the Inflatable Museum, this workshop gives your class the opportunity to develop and apply their historical enquiry skills and knowledge of ancient Egypt. Through object handling activities and challenges, pupils will:

  • Develop their enquiry and investigative skills.
  • Assume the role of archaeologists to research Egyptians artefacts and explore their journeys to the Museum.
  • Work in groups to debate the ethics of collecting and present their arguments to the class.
Archive Explorer: Ancient Egypt

Greater Manchester (inside M60)

Greater Manchester (outside M60)

Outside Greater Manchester (subject to location)

Half day (one class)




Full day (two classes)




Enrichment Experience (EYFS, KS1, KS2, half or full days)

Enrichment Experiences are short workshops designed to inspire curiosity in pupils and enliven their enthusiasm for learning. Using a selection of weird and wonderful objects from the collection, these workshops give pupils the opportunity to explore what museums are, what they do, and how they do it.

Enrichment Experience workshops are 30 minutes in length and can be delivered to three classes per half day, although we can normally deliver more if the school hall can be made available over lunch. Enrichment Experiences are often booked for full school cohorts or key stages, and can be an effective stimulus for literacy, cross-curricular work, or whole school projects.

Enrichment Experience

Greater Manchester (inside M60)

Greater Manchester (outside M60)

Outside Greater Manchester (subject to location)

Half day (up to three classes)




Full day (up to six classes)






Who we visit

The Inflatable Museum’s primary aim is to connect with local schools and communities who might ordinarily face barriers to engaging with the Museum. While we will do our utmost to accommodate all interested schools, booking priority will be given to schools in Greater Manchester who we do not currently work with, or who are identified by The University of Manchester as high priority.

While we welcome booking enquiries from schools located outside Greater Manchester, please be aware that due to travel times we may not always be able to arrange a visit.

How to book

Please note that due to staffing changes we are currently unable to take bookings for the Inflatable Museum. We are very sorry for any disappointment this may cause.

We hope to resume visits to schools on Mondays and Fridays after Christmas, so if you are interested in booking us please make an enquiry via the link below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can in the new year. 

 Make an Inflatable Museum booking enquiry

For any other queries, please contact Amy McDowall on 0161 275 7357 or at