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
100 Years Ago: Salford at War exhibition
- 15 March 2014 — 15 November 2015 *on now
'100 Years Ago: Salford at War', helps uncover some of Salford's unique stories from World War One.
This exhibition focuses on local characters, including the Broughton poet, Winifred Mabel Letts, Billy Unsworth, a soldier from Ordsall, Albert Batty, who served in an ambulance unit and Dr James Niven, who helped fight the Spanish Flu pandemic.
Dress of Deep Sorrow
In the changing part of this exhibition, we are delighted to host the Dress of Deep Sorrow, an installation by Ruth Fettis and Jo Palmer.
This dress tells the story of war, loss, the sea and love letters. It is inspired by the contents of a tin belonging to Ruth's grandmother, from Amble in Northumberland. The tin was filled with old photographer, embroidered cards and a field service postcard written from the trenches during the First World War from her 'young man', her true love, who went missing in action. Like millions of others he never returned home.
- Any age
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