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
A-Z of Salford's Collections
- 16 March 2019 — 23 February 2020 *on now
Follow the alphabet through Salford’s collections as we take you on a journey from an Ape to the Zodiac. Each section of the collection has been explored to share some intriguing items; from paintings and decorative art, to costume and social history.
- Any age
A-Z of Salford's Collections - exhibition
- 31 March 2019 — 23 February 2020 *on now
Many art galleries now have wide-ranging collections and every gallery organizes them in a slightly different way. Often factors like the date when they were made, the country they were made in, the artistic styles they play with or the subject matter they portray are used to group and place different paintings. This can provide a great understanding of that date or style, but not necessarily of the history of the gallery or the range of art in the area.
Salford Museum and Art Gallery, which is operated by Salford Community Leisure, has found a simple way to change that, with the new exhibition, A -Z.
It’s just what it sounds like, an A to Z, an alphabet of objects and artworks from across the collections. Some pieces are well-known, others have only rarely been displayed. For everyone, there should be something new to discover.
Each section of the collection has been explored to share some intriguing items; from paintings and decorative art, to costume and social history. Do you know how Victorian gentlemen protected their moustaches from tea? Did you know we hold a monarch’s pair of stockings in the collections – but whose? Visit the exhibition to find out!
- Any age
None - donations welcome
Transformations: Reveal Printmakers
- 11 May — 10 September 2019 *on now
Original, fresh and exciting prints by local collective Reveal using a range of techniques – screen printing, etching, monoprint, lino-cut, drypoint, collograph and lithography. This enjoyable and accessible exhibition presents the different interpretations of Salford’s rapidly changing urban environment and life through the eyes of ten artists with styles varying from abstract to figurative, landscape to close up.
- 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