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Manchester Museum

Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, United Kingdom | 0161 275 2648 | Website


Super easy with a rollator


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This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Walking Aid, Hidden Impairment, Autism


It was super easy to roll around with my rollator (and probably a wheelchair). There were multiple lifts available and all were working - some are a bit of a tight squeeze with 2 people and a mobility aid. All the floors are level access and have good solid flooring that makes it easy to roll. There was quite a lot of seating available throughout, including with the digital displays. Most of the displays would ve visible from the seated position. The font and size of the texts were largely accessible and there is large print, Braille and audi guides available. The staff were very friendly and happy to help with any questions. The "Golden Mummies" exhibition was a little dark - I think to add atmosphere, but at times it did get almost too dark. You have to book tickets to see the "Golden Mummies" exhibit and go through a manned entrance to help with over crowding, however I found it to be overwhelmingly busy at certain points. The rest of the museum was much quieter. There is a really nice "picnic area" that is an inside seating area with ample seating and tables - I believe the height of the tables would enable a lot of wheelchair users to use them too. There are microwaves, recycling bins, sinks and kettles available to use by yourself - although they were on cabinets and thus not able to accommodate a wheelchair underneath, I think they were at a low enough level to be accessible to wheelchair users. I only came across one disabled toilet - I believe this is a "Changing Places" toilet that had an adult size changing table etc. There is an Asian exhib that was busy on the day I visited with a school group. It was noisy due to the video being played for the school group. There is a very fun (smallish) vivarium exhibition that features frogs - again, the displays were staged low enough to be accessible for wheelchair users. The worst bit about my visit was finding the parking! Whilst it appears on the website to be very well described, there is no signage to help you find the turning for the nearest multi storey car park that also has the most amount of blue badge parking - this is a short walk (maybe 3 minutes at a gentle pace) around the corner from the museum itself - this is wheelchair accessible also, although it is a bit bumpy due to the style of paving. As the museum and car park are part of the university, it could get busy moving between them due to the students and a school nearby.

Transport & Parking


There is lots of information available on their website about the different ways to come to the museum - unfortunately the nearest parking is a short walk (maybe 3 minutes at a leisurely pace). It is all wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately, it is so hard to find the turning for the multi story despite all the info online! The blue badge parking was free.



There is lots of information available on their website about their accessibility. The entire museum is wheelchair accessible and there are multiple lifts and a "Changing Places" toilet. The flooring is very easy to wheel across and it is level access with multiple lifts available. There are some wheelchairs and folding seats available to borrow from the museum. There is also Braille, large print and audio guides available. They offer autism friendly sessions weekly, as well as sensory kits that include stim toys and ear defenders to borrow for free.



They have a "Changing Places" toilet. I found it to be more than enough space for myself and my rollator - there was grab rails and emergency cords. I thought it appeared to be transfer-friendly with the additional space and facilities provided by the Changing Places toilet.



The staff were all very friendly and happy to help, without trying too hard.

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