An exhibition on currency, from crooked coins to smart cards, is also new.
The Story of Money starts in the days of barter, uncovers the earliest recorded use of money in 3BC through to the electronic transactions of today. Rare coins and notes from the Royal Mint, Bank of England Museum, Co-operative Bank, and the British Museum are displayed next to Manchester's own collection.
Living Cultures is the museum's enhanced ethnology collection. New exhibits include a suit of armour made from coconut fibre, a helmet from the skull of a porcupine fish, Inuit snow goggles carved from ivory, and Japanese assassination daggers decorated with butterflies.
The pound;20m redevelopment has also led to a new contemporary entrance hall with child-friendly displays, improved access, a cafe, museum shop and temporary exhibition and lecture theatre. Existing facilities include a fossils gallery, a vivarium and aquarium Entrance to the museum is free. School bookings: 0161 275 2630; http:museum.man.ac.uk