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.

Where will it go?

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, up to 2 classes per day)

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.

We can accommodate up to two classes per day.

DIY Pop-up Museum: Ancient Egypt – coming soon

Children create their very own mini-museum and invite their families to visit after school. Please complete the booking enquiry form to express your interest in this session, which we hope to offer from September 2018.

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Who we visit

Due to travel times we can currently only visit schools inside the M60 motorway.

What is costs

The charge is £6.00 per pupil, with a minimum charge of £150.00 per class.

How to book

Please click the link below to make your enquiry. We always aim to get back to you within 5 working days.

Make an Inflatable Museum booking enquiry

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