The Natural History Gallery shows a rich kaleidoscope of specimens, and focuses on the collectors, curators and other specialists behind our outstanding collections. Mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, insect and plant specimens are all on display, alongside geology, fossils and scientific equipment, both historical and modern, used in the study of the natural world.
Come and see firm favourites such as the enormous and imposing polar bear, the Fountaine-Neimy collection of butterflies and a rare specimen of the extinct great auk.
Can you find the hidden jokes, the lizard with the wooden leg and the aptly named bum nut?
The bird gallery contains examples of nearly every species found in Britain, most of which date from the nineteenth century. Like a 3D bird book, it groups specimens by bird family, providing a fascinating overview of our rich native bird population.
Only a small percentage of the natural history collections are actually on display. Most are kept in stores where they are protected from dust, light and pests.
These collections can be viewed by appointment with the Curator of Natural History, David Waterhouse.
The watercolour gallery is amazing, the colours are so fresh. For someone living in Manchester I did not realise what an extensive collection of pictures you have.