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.
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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!

Suitable for

  • Any age


  • english


None - donations welcome


Ape oil painting on Cavas by unknown

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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.
Man and bull sculpture victorian gallery salford museum

Family Film Screaming

  • 19 October 2019 5-7pm

A Halloween film screening in the Victorian Gallery for all the family. Dare you venture into the museum after hours? Watch out for things that bump in the night with our Halloween spectacular screening.

Adults £8, Children £6 (includes drink and snack)
Booking Required.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £8, Children £6 (includes a snack), Family tickets £25 (2 adults, 2 children)


Salford Museum and Art Gallery A-Z Collections Gold Buddha

CultComTours Presents: A-Z of Salford Collections Comedy Tours

  • 23 October 2019 7-8pm
  • 30 October 2019 7-8pm

Comedians? Check. Art? Check. Informative? Maybe!

Stand up comedians unleashed into cultural spaces for an exciting and unique tour of Salford Museum and Art Gallery’s A-Z exhibition. Perfect for seasoned art veterans looking for a new way of seeing exhibitions, or those fed up of museums being so serious.

See a new place differently.

Tickets £9, booking required

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+




Lark Hill Place Victorian Street 1918

Halloween Film Screaming on Lark Hill Place

  • 31 October 2019 6-9pm

In a very special event, we’re opening the doors of Lark Hill Place after dark and inviting a small number of visitors to join us for a horror film screening in our very own Victorian Street. What horrors a wait? Join us on our social media pages to vote for your favourite terror to grace the silver screen.

Over 18s only.
Tickets £15, booking required.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£15, 18+ only


Hercules with Bull Sculpture Victorian Gallery Salford Museum

Moving with the Times: The Artists of World War 1

  • 6 November 2019 6-7pm

Cynthia Greenwood looks at the state of modern art at the time of World War One and explores the way artists were experimenting with contemporary styles.

How did the war artists responded to modern developments, considering such problems as the censorship of their art but also the positive challenges of the new, surreal, world of war as a subject.

Tickets £4.50, booking recommended.

Suitable for

  • Any age




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.