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Greater Manchester Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Greater Manchester...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Greater Manchester Museums and Galleries


Astley Cheetham Art Gallery

Trinity Street, Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, SK15 2BN
Tel: 0161 338 6767

A gift to the town of Stalybridge by John Frederick Cheetham and his wife Beatrice Astley in 1901. Today, the Astley Cheetham Art Collection, bequeathed in 1932, is displayed alongside, gifts and donations from the twentieth century.

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Fusiliers’ Museum

Moss Street, Bury, BL9 0DF
Tel: 0161 7638950     E-mail: enquiries@fusiliermuseum.com

The Regimental Museum of the Lancashire Fusiliers traces the 300 year history of the Fusiliers from 1688 to 1968.

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Gallery of Costume

Platt Hall, Rusholme, Manchester, M14 5LL
Tel: 0161 245 7245

A collection of clothing, textiles and fashion accessories and is open to the public on the last Saturday of every month, 10.00-5.00.

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Hat Works

Wellington Hill, Wellington Road South, Stockport, Greater Manchester, SK3 0EU
E-mail: linn.holmstrom@stockport.gov.uk

. . . the UK's only museum dedicated solely to the hating industry, hats and headwear!

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Imperial War Museum North

The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1TZ
Tel: 0161 836 4000    Fax: 0161 836 4012    E-mail: iwmnorth@iwm.org.uk

The Imperial War Museum North is about people and their stories, about how lives have been and still are shaped by war and conflict. The award-winning building, designed by international architect Daniel Libeskind is a symbol of our world torn apart by conflict.

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Manchester Art Gallery

Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 3JL
Tel: 0161 235 8888    Fax: 0161 235 8899    Textphone: 0161 235 8893

One of the UK's finest art collections...

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Manchester Jewish Museum

190 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M8 8LW
Tel: 0161 834 9879    Fax: 0161 834 9801    E-mail: don@manchesterjewishmuseum.com

Opening hours: 10.30am - 4.00pm Monday -Thursday, Friday by appointment only. Closed Saturdays. Open Sundays 11.00am - 5.00pm. Please feel free to contact Don Rainger; The Administrator of The Manchester Jewish Museum, for further details.

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Manchester Museum

The University, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9PL
Tel: 0161 275 2634    Fax: 0161 275 2676    E-mail: museum@manchester.ac.uk

Almost 6 million specimens and objects are divided between the Humanities (Anthropology, Archaeology, Archery, Egyptology and Numismatics) and the Natural Sciences (Botany, Mineralogy, Palaeontology, Petrology and Zoology, which includes Entomology). Only a tiny percentage of the collection can be on display, the remaining items are kept in store for use in research, temporary exhibitions and other public programmes.

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Manchester City Experience Museum & Stadium Tour

City of Manchester Stadium, SportCity, Manchester, M11 3FF
Tel: 0870 062 1894     E-mail: mcfc@mcfc.co.uk

'Experience Manchester City with this exciting and interactive exhibition tracing City’s prestigious heritage.'

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Manchester United Museum & Tour Centre

Manchester United, Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 0RA
Tel: 0870 442 1994    Fax: 0161 868 8861    E-mail: tours@manutd.co.uk

The history of this world famous club and its players.

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Salford Museum

Peel Park Crescent, Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 4WU
Tel: 0161 736 2649    Fax: 0161 745 9490    E-mail: salford.museum@salford.gov.uk

Permanent attractions include The Victorian Gallery and Lark Hill Place, a re-assemblage of old shops, cobbled streets, street furniture and shop windows, collected from around the city, arranged in a fascinating and authentic-feeling Victorian/Edwardian setting. There is a blacksmith's forge, pawnbroker, toy shop, cobbler, chemists, as well as working and middle class room settings.

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The Lowry

Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M5 2AZ
Tel: 0870 787 5774    Fax: 0161 876 2021    E-mail: info@thelowry.com

A wide variety of performing and visual arts under one roof, including two main theatres and studio space for performing arts presenting a range of drama, opera, ballet, dance, musicals, children's shows, popular music, jazz, folk and comedy. Gallery spaces; showing the works of L.S. Lowry alongside contemporary exhibitions.

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The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 4FP
Tel: 0161 832 2244    Fax: 0161 833 1471    E-mail: marketing@msim.org.uk

Manchester - the world's first industrial city, the Museum tells the story of its history, science and industry.

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Whitworth Art Gallery

The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 6ER
Tel: 0161 275 7450    Fax: 0161 275 7451    E-mail: Whitworth@manchester.ac.uk

Known internationally for its collections of art and design, the Whitworth Art Gallery, part of the University of Manchester, is home to an impressive range of watercolours, prints, drawings, modern art and sculpture, as well as the largest collections of textiles and wallpapers outside London.

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