A new interactive, family exhibition is now open at Bolton Museum – with a tiny mouse as star of the show.
Leopold, the inquisitive mouse, has been designed by Chorlton illustrator Anna Violet and is the mascot for Animals and Us.
He guides visitors through the exhibition, showing them how all animals – from insects to elephants – are an important part of our everyday lives.
The Animals and Us exhibition is in the new exhibition space on the lower ground floor of the museum in Le Mans Crescent.
Situated next to the Aquarium, the exhibition space will provide a temporary attraction while the museum’s Egyptology gallery is undergoing a revamp.
The whole of the top floor of the museum is now closed to the public to create the Eternal Egypt gallery.
Animals and Us include some of the museum’s most popular exhibits, plus some artefacts that are on display for the first time.
It will include art, social history, archaeology and zoology, with our relationship with animals as the theme running throughout.
The exhibition is divided into five areas, each with a fun activity for children.
In the ‘Grand Hall’ visitors can see how animals appear as symbols for big ideas; in the ‘Curator’s Office’ they can learn why museums have natural history collections, while on the ‘High Street’ the emphasis will be on how animals have influenced fashion.
The ‘Farmyard’ highlights how animals have been key to our survival, and finally ‘The Lodge’ will show how they have become a major part of our leisure, home and family life.
Entrance to the exhibition is free and you can Tweet about your visit using the hashtag #animalsandus