We had a brilliant time there last half term visiting their Spies, Disguise and Ways To Hide exhibition, and I have no doubts that Amazing Animals will be equally as fascinating.
There are free activities every day which cater for even the youngest children, so everyone can have a great day out discovering all about the unusual roles of animals in the First World War - from horses and carrier pigeons to rescue dogs.
|A mobile pigeon loft in the First World War|
On Saturday 24th May there will be giant pigeons loose around the museum, and on Friday 30th May a visit from the author Damian Kelleher, who will be signing his soon-to-be-released book A Dog In No Man's Land.
I'm looking forward to seeing the brand new exhibit From Street To Trench: A World War That Shaped A Region. This is the largest exhibition to look at the role of the North West during the First World War and features over 200 personal objects - many on display for the first time.
Visitors can crawl through a front line tunnel to find out how the sewer workers of Manchester were employed for a secret task in France, and discover period games and toys from 1914 - including playing hopscotch down a terraced street!
There will be a daily 'make a crafty souvenir to take home' in the Learning Station, where there is also a soft play area to entertain the younger ones, and Timestack 'Object Handling Sessions', as well as puppet shows from Abdul and Ali - 2 Indian brothers who fought for Britain in the First World War.
Entry to the museum is free and opening hours are 10-5. Some special activities such as crafts may incur a small charge. Advance booking is not usually necessary - ring the museum on 0161 836 4000 for more information.
Image details - © IWM (Q 8999) A former London motor bus (B,2125), camouflage painted and used as a travelling loft for carrier-pigeons. Pernes, 26 June 1918. Note the four-compartment wicker basket in which the pigeons were carried up the line.
I wasn't paid to promote this - Museums are great!