It’s a Wrap as Manchester Museum closes its Ancient Worlds Galleries, Reopening in 2021
Manchester Museum, part of the University of Manchester, will be taking its much loved objects on tour over the next three years as the museum undergoes an exciting £13 million transformation, hello future. The museum will be building a new two-storey extension, which includes a partnership South Asia gallery with The British Museum, Chinese Culture gallery, Special Exhibitions Hall a new entrance and shop, making it more inclusive, imaginative and relevant to the diverse communities it serves.
During this time the museum will remain open, however its Ancient Worlds galleries will close on the 1st of October until early 2021 in order to keep displayed collections safe while extensive building work takes place. Dr Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and Sudan, said: “While this may seem disappointing for the many visitors that come to Manchester Museum to see its significant Egyptian collection, this is an exciting opportunity for the museum to take its objects out on the road to all sorts of new spaces and places, building new partnerships across the city and the world.”
Manchester Museum will also be lending Egyptian artefacts to a larger number of external exhibitions on a temporary basis such as Bolton, Liverpool, and Wakefield and at several venues around Europe. While the Ancient Worlds galleries are closed, access to stored collections will continue for researchers. Upon re-opening in 2021, a larger number of the museum’s Egyptology collections will be on display, including never-before-seen stonework.
On Thursday 20 September, 6-10pm, Manchester Museum is hosting a celebration to say goodbye to its Ancient Worlds galleries. The event, It’s a Wrap is an evening of music, poetry and performance. Come along to hear the hieroglyphs, handle never-before-seen objects and join Manchester Museum in raising a farewell toast to its much loved Ancient Egypt gallery, reopening in 2021.