Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Salford Museum and Art Gallery
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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.

Venue Type:

Library, Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Tues-Fri 10.00-16.45
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

Admission charges

Unless otherwise stated, entry to the museum, special exhibitions and events and other activities are FREE OF CHARGE!

Additional info

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.

Collection details

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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Ian McKay Collier Street Baths number 33

Collier Street Baths: Ian Mckay

  • 3 December 2019 — 26 April 2020 *on now

Artist Ian McKay has found the abandoned gem of Collier Street Baths a constant source of interest.

The Italianate brick building is Grade II listed and was designed by Thomas Worthington who is considered one of Manchester’s greatest 19th century architects. McKay’s artwork focuses on elements of the building’s exterior architecture reflecting its palette, beauty and splendour.

His paintings are displayed alongside a selection of drawings and colour studies completed on location at Collier Street Baths.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Satoshi Araki, Movie Studio (detail), 2017,photo (c) Shu Nakagawa

The Superlative Artistry of Japan

  • 17 January — 19 April 2020 *on now

This exhibition presents works from a range of different genres that each place great emphasis on highly skilled techniques and ingenious concepts that take viewers by surprise.

Introducing elaborate Meiji era (1868 – 1912) kogei (craft) works as a starting point, the exhibition showcases contemporary works of superlative artistry, demonstrating a strong commitment to craftsmanship in Japan.

To help celebrate the exhibition, Fine Art students from the University of Salford have created work in response to individual pieces in the exhibition.

This exhibition is curated by and co-presented with the Japan Foundation with advice from Yuji Yamashita. Celebrating the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


  • Japanese


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.
My Neighbour Totoro, copy right Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli Cinema Showing

  • 18 April 2020 5-8pm

Following a sell-out Christmas showing, we're putting our cinema screen back in the museum for a celebration of Japan's beloved animation company studio Ghibli!

As we exhibit The Superlative artistry of Japan, it was the perfect excuse to showcase the 'Disney of Japan.'

As part of the fun, we're letting YOU vote for your favourite Studio Ghibli film to show in April. Voting is now open!

Will it be Academy Award winning Spirited Away? The epic Princess Mononoke or Howl's Moving Castle? Be sure to visit our social media accounts to place your vote!

Rating TBC.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Children tickets - £8
Adult Tickets - £10
Family Tickets - £30


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Family Fundays

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
Peel Park
The Crescent
M5 4WU

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0161 778 0800

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.