Manchester Jewish Museum

Manchester Jewish Museum
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Manchester Jewish Museum tells the story of the Jewish community in Manchester over the last 200 years.

Through photographs, objects, documents and room settings, visitors gain an insight into the lives of the individuals who came to the city in different waves of Jewish immigration. There are temporary exhibitions, please see the website for details.

The Museum opened in 1984 in the former Spanish and Portuguese synagogue which was built in 1874. This is a superb example of a synagogue built in the Moorish style.

The Museum offers an educational programme for schools, colleges/universities and adult groups. Details can be found on our website.

Please see our website for details about our Sunday afternoon Heritage Trails around the area.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Sunday-Thursday 10:00-16:00
Friday 10:00-13:00

(Check website for closing for Jewish Festivals)

Admission charges

Adults £4.50
Concessions £3.50
Family ticket £9-50


  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass

Additional info

The former men's area of the synagogue has been preserved in its former glory, with a temporary exhibition in the back room. The former ladies gallery now houses our permanent exhibition. There is also a shop selling books, Judaica and educational materials.
We have disabled access to the ground floor only. We have two toilets, one with baby changing facilities.

Artefacts, photographs, oral history tapes and archive material relating to the religious,working,educational and social life of the Jewish community in Manchester and Salford since the early nineteenth century.

Collection details

Architecture, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities, Religion, Social History, Trade and Commerce, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
People Panorama

Cheetham Hill Road: A People Panorama

  • 21 March 2016 — 26 March 2017 *on now

Cheetham Hill Road: A People Panorama’ will showcase the vibrant community which can be found along the most diverse street in Britain, Cheetham Hill Road, via a series of panoramic photographs. These photographs will then be displayed in the museum’s current exhibition space.

We are hoping that everyone involved in the project will not only enjoy the process of having their photograph taken but will also visit the exhibition with friends and family to see themselves on display.

Running alongside the exhibition will be an events programme with the aim of bringing together the diverse communities that make up Cheetham Hill Road to celebrate their differences while reaffirming that we stand together as a unified community.

This project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is a partnership between Manchester Jewish Museum and A People Panorama, a concept first delivered in 2012 by Dovetail:The Change-Making Agency.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Regular museum admission prices:
Adult: £4.50
Child/concession: £3.50


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Manchester Jewish Museum

Manchester Jewish Museum Heritage Trail

  • 8 May 2016 1-4pm
  • 29 May 2016 1-4pm
  • 31 July 2016 1-4pm
  • 28 August 2016 1-4pm
  • 25 September 2016 1-4pm

Step into the past with local historian Merton Paul and let him take you on a walking tour around the old Jewish Quarter of Cheetham Hill. Allow him to bring back to life the characters and institutions that made up this once vibrant hub of Jewish activity.

You will learn how the people of this community, often refugees from Eastern Europe, strove to bring up their families, earn a living and establish themselves as part of the fabric of Manchester, without abandoning the Jewish religious and cultural traditions handed down to them by their ancestors.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adult £7
Concession £5


Voices of the City

  • 12 May 2016 8:15-10:45pm

Bad Language present a series of short stories and poems inspired by archival footage of Manchester, a unique live literature experience in one of the city’s finest hidden gems. Event begins from 9pm. Features performances from Marli Roode // Rodge Glass // Polly Checkland Harding // Abi Fernandez Hynes // Benjamin Judge // Dave Hartley

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children




Bad Language

Bad Language Presents: Voices of the City

  • 12 May 2016 8:15-10:30pm

One of Manchester’s most popular live literature nights, Bad Language, has commissioned new and established writers to create a series of short stories and poems inspired by archival footage of Manchester from the collections at North West Film Archive (part of Manchester Metropolitan University).

Using footage chosen by the authors, the night will see new writing woven alongside the historical shots which have inspired the piece – creating a unique live literature experience in one of the city’s finest hidden gems. The new work will blend both fact and fiction to show the way North Manchester used to live and lives now.

Confirmed Bad Language Line-up:

Marli Roode

Rodge Glass

Polly Checkland Harding

Abi Hynes

Benjamin Judge

Dave Hartley

Having recently been named the Best Spoken Word Night in the UK, Bad Language has a growing reputation that allows it to attract some of the best names in literature and are delighted to be working with Manchester Jewish Museum and Manchester After Hours to allow this one-off event to happen. A collection of the writing will be available to purchase after the event.

This event is part of Manchester After Hours, the rainy city’s take on the annual Museums at Night celebrations, Thursday 12 May, programmed by Creative Tourist.

Suitable for

  • 18+




The Glazer Gatekeeper

The Glazer Gatekeeper: A talk with Tehsin Nayani

  • 26 May 2016 7-9:30pm

Join us for an evening with Tehsin Nayani, the former spokesperson for the Glazer family, as he talks about his new book ‘The Glazer Gatekeeper’.

For six momentous years Tehsin Nayani was the Glazer family’s spokesperson as he helped navigate them through the media storm that followed their controversial takeover of Manchester United.
For the very first time Tehsin Nayani places on record in his book The Glazer Gatekeeper why this most private of American business families chose to buy into Premier League football and how they went about running Manchester United.

Tehsin Nayani vividly recalls his day-to-day dealings with the Glazer family, the club and the pursuant global press pack amid an ever-changing football and business environment.

The audience will have the chance to purchase an exclusive signed copy of ‘The Glazer Gatekeeper’ on the night.

Suitable for

  • Any age




Manchester Jewish Museum
190 Cheetham Hill Road
Greater Manchester
M8 8LW

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0161 834 9879


0161 834 9801

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