What's on - Museums and archives

Details of museums and archives exhibitions and events.

Museum of Wigan Life are free unless otherwise stated.

Exhibitions and events

Ancient Egypt - as seen on BBC TV

Ancient Egyptian maskPermanent display
Price: Free

Our popular Ancient Egypt Rediscovered exhibition is now on permanent display.

Get up close and personal with ancient coffins, grave goods and a spectacular gold mask. This amazing collection covers over 3000 years of Egyptian history.

Child’s Play – A celebration of childhood

Date: On now - recurring event, every week until December.
Time: Please check for Museum opening hours
Price: Free

A new exhibition giving children a taste of life in the Victorian era. A free interactive experience giving families an insight into Victorian Life to present date through dress up, games and education.

It’s Showtime!

Join us over the summer holidays to create your very own puppet theatre. Go on a quiz trail around the new childhood exhibition. Play games and learn some fascinating facts! 

Booking is essential. Please email Wigan Museum to book your place or call 01942 828128.

Dates: Thursday 26th July and Thursday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd August
Time: 1pm – 2:30pm
Location: Museum of Wigan Life
Price: £2.50 per child

Royal Children in Ancient Egypt - Talk by Dr Campbell Price

Date: Thursday 13th September
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Price: £2.50 - including tea/coffee

Places are limited so please book by email Museum of Wigan Life or call 01942 828128.

The lives of royal children are perhaps the best known from ancient Egyptian society. This lecture traces the experience of being a child using archaeological evidence before illustrating the special status of the Pharaoh's offspring.

Dead and Buried - Talk by Charlie Guy MA

Date: Wednesday 31st October 2018
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Price: £2.50 - including tea/coffee

Booking is essential. Please email Wigan Museum to book your place or call 01942 828128.

Join us on Halloween to dispel the dark myths of the Victorian dead and shine a light on some of the forgotten, outdated and downright creepy funerary practices, traditions and superstitions from the age. From booby-trapped coffins and body-snatchers to photography and funeral souvenirs, come and explore the fascinating world of the Victorian dead brought back to life.


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