Salford Museum and Art Gallery
Salford Museum and Art Gallery presents an exciting programme of permanent displays and changing contemporary exhibitions together with a range of events and activities guaranteed to inspire.
Our permanent attractions include a Picture Gallery where you can relax and enjoy the splendour of the Victorians’ passion for painting and the decorative arts, or stroll down the Victorian Street and marvel through shop windows displaying their original 19th century wares.
Salford Museum and Art Gallery was the UK’s ‘first free public library’ and today, still houses the city’s Local History Library and archive. You can research your family history or simply indulge in the rich diversity of the library’s collection 65,000 local photographs.
Our learning and outreach programme allows everyone to get involved with the museum - perhaps taking part in a Victorian washday, learning new crafts or reminiscing with our memory boxes.
The changing contemporary exhibitions, history events and activities programme, completes a must visit experience for individuals, families, schools and organisations to come and enjoy.
Library, Museum, Gallery
Sat & Sun 12.00-16.00
The Museum will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day
Please note, the Local History Library does not open on Mondays
Unless otherwise stated, entry to the museum, special exhibitions and events and other activities are FREE OF CHARGE!
We offer the following services and facilities for visitors with disabilities:
3 disabled persons parking spaces adjacent to entrance
Ramp into building
Lift inside building to access all floors
Loop in Reception area and in shop
Disabled persons toilets
Braile interpretation panels/tactile statues
The LifeTimes Gallery tells the story of Salford past and present through the voices and memories of local residents. Come and see what you can discover about life in times gone by.
The Victorian gallery has a number of distinguished paintings and a series of marble statues, specially treated to allow hands-on explorations.
Our other galleries are host to a number of interactive, family-friendly and contemporary exhibitions.
Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Medicine, Music, Personalities, Social History, Weapons and War
Key artists and exhibits
- Lark Hill Place: Victorian Street
- Landau Carriages
- Salford Local History Library
'In Service' 1918 - 2017
- 31 July — 11 November 2017 *on now
James Bloomfield, artist in residence at Salford Museum and Art Gallery and the Working Class Movement Library, has taken inspiration from World War One collections to create a new art installation.
The outcome of research into the archives of the two partner organisations is the creation of 226 commemorative ceramic plates, drawing inspiration from commemorative plates and delftware in the collections. The plates reference each conflict and the number of fatalities for that conflict since the end of 'the war to end all wars'. Instead of being in display cases or on the gallery walls, the plates will be placed into service in the Gallery Cafe, presenting the findings of Bloomfield’s research directly to visitors.
The plates will be used as part of the regular dinner service at Salford Museum & Art Gallery‘s bustling Café and in Ordsall Hall’s coffee shop. The plates will be presented for
service on 31 July and later decommissioned on 10 November to coincide with the centenary of the battle of Passchendaele, which runs over these exact dates (3 months and 6 days).
- Any age
The museum is free entry. Some finished plates will be on display for the general public in the cafe area, but cafe purchases are required to interact with the installation.
An afternoon full of free, family friendly, drop-in activities, workshops and events, held on the last Sunday of the month. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
How to obtain
Activities may vary so it's a good idea to phone ahead for details: 0161 778 0820/0821. Also, check out the online events booklet via the Salford Museum and Art Gallery website.
Salford Museum and Art Gallery
0161 778 0800