Manchester Jewish Museum

Manchester Jewish Museum
190 Cheetham Hill Road, 
M8 8LW

Opening Times:
Sunday - Thursday: 10am-4pm
Friday: 10am-1pm
Closed Saturdays (for Jewish Sabbath) and for Jewish Festivals and weddings (see website)
Open all Bank Holidays, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day

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Manchester Jewish Museum is located in a former Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue. It is the only Jewish Museum outside London and is housed in the oldest surviving synagogue building in Manchester, completed in 1874. 

It is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture, executed in Moorish style. Particularly noteworthy are the splendid stained glass windows and the distinctive cast-iron fitments. Since the building became redundant through the movement of the Jewish population away from the area, it has been completely restored, returned to its former glory and listed Grade II*. 

With a compelling history to tell, the building needed a new purpose and in 1984 it re-opened as a Museum. The Museum now chronicles the lives of Jewish people in Manchester and their contribution to making the city what it is today. The former ladies' gallery houses the Museum's permanent displays, in which the history of Manchester's Jewish community is vividly brought to life.

The Museum now offers a unique learning programme for schools, colleges and other organisations and hosts an exciting exhibition and events programme.

Contact Details:
Tel: 0161 830 1432 or 0161 834 9879

Learning Programmes:
Our award-winning schools learning programme has been running for over 20 years. Its success is simple. We are the only place in the UK that offers curriculum-based sessions inside a synagogue building. Our unique setting allows us to bring to life Jewish faith, culture and heritage like nowhere else. Discover it for yourself and see the impact it has on your pupils.

The Museum's collection is made up of objects, documents, photographs and oral histories charting the many stories and experiences of Manchester Jewish life. By doing so we hope to promote understanding in the wider community and preserve the heritage of the Jewish community here. We are also dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust through our exhibitions and collecting policy.

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