Easter Exchange!

I just wanted to give a short update after my last post ,which was before the opening of our Living Worlds Gallery. The opening of the gallery went down a storm, and the opening night was a really wonderful event. In all my time at the museum, I have never been to such an opening, it had such a good vibe and was so well attended. Apart from the main gallery, the animals in the vivarium were very popular and particularly the ones we had out for guests to see more closely. Our new student volunteers did a wonderful job, as well as all our regular volunteers and staff who gave up their time. One special mention I would like to give is to Jamie and Laura of Chameleoco for bringing their fantastic chameleons* and for being such stars, Thank You!

Also joining us during his stay in Manchester was Swedish herpetologist Kristofer Forsater from Norden’s Ark* (Pictured right with one of our frogs). You may remember that The Manchester Museum is developing collaborative links with this international conservation centre, which is based in Sweden. Well, we have an arrangement where staff from each of our institutions can exchange to help develop their skills and experience. Adam has already visited Nordens* as part of his professional development during which he had a wonderful time. This time it was Kristofer’s opportunity to come over to England and work with us in the Vivarium. He has spent just 10 days working closely with us and we hope the experience has been really valuable to him. We also hope to further develop our important collaboration with Norden’s Ark in the very near future.

Read all about the wonderful conservation work being carried out by Norden’s Ark.

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Vivarium Gallery Tours

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Did you know that we run weekly tours of the Vivarium Gallery and these are conducted by our knowledgeable Vivarium staff, who are  extremely enthusiastic in their subject. Whilst sharing their passion for the animals during the tours, they also highlight  some of the fundamental conservation and education work being carried out with our live collection. The tours (for those aged 11 years and over) take place every Thursday, between 12 and 1pm.

To book a place on the free tour, please follow this link:

To view our feedback in relation to the Vivarium Tours*, please click here

*Please note that these are informative Gallery Tours and not ‘Behind the Scenes’ visits.