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The Museum of Mystery is a new interactive web resource aimed at students aged 7-16. It has been created by the Manchester Museum and iflourish and the content complements the Museum's new Living Worlds gallery. The activities support many aspects of the science national curriculum for Key Stages 2, 3 & 4 and they encourage students to broaden their awareness and interest in the natural world. We hope you find it useful and we welcome any feedback.

Please download the PDF to find out more details about how the resource is structured and can be used.

In the sections below you will also find an overview of each mystery with an accompanying PDF summarising the learning objectives, curriculum links and other useful details.

Why do animals and plants need each other?

This mystery looks at the interconnection between plants and animals. Using a variety of objects from the Manchester Museum’s collections, it explores habitats, plants as producers, producers and consumers, predators and prey, food chains and food webs.

What happened to the dinosaurs?

This mystery looks at the various reasons why species become extinct. Using a variety of objects from the Manchester Museum’s collections, it explores natural extinction events, the impact of human interventions, conservation of species, the effects of climate change and programmes to reintroduce species which have become extinct in certain areas.

What helps species survive?

This mystery looks at variation and adaptation. Using a variety of objects from the Manchester Museum’s collections, it explores the factors which affect the survival of species. It starts with the principles of natural selection as defined by Charles Darwin and goes on to look at examples of animal adaptations, natural selection, artificial selection and ends with a look at human evolution.

The numbers of animals and plants are changing. Can you find out why?

This mystery looks at the importance of biodiversity by highlighting the variety of plants and animals in different environments (both in Britain and the wider world), how organisms adapt to different environments and why we need to protect environments to encourage and sustain biodiversity.
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