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Manchester's Best Museums

15 May 2021 Simon Banks Read time: 3 min
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Simon Banks

Manchester is a city of many things, including culture. And when it comes to museums, it's hard to beat the ones found in this northern powerhouse. So we thought it would be a good idea to list some of the best museums in the city. From the Manchester Museum to the Science and Industry Museum, here are the museums you should visit in Manchester. 

Manchester Museum

As the UK's largest university museum, the Manchester Museum has a variety of works for you to admire. Once entering the you can browse collections in archaeology, anthropology and natural history. A visit here really is an experience you'll remember, whether you're in the exhibition halls or just admiring the striking neo-Gothic architecture designed by Alfred Waterhouse.  

Address: University of, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL

The National Football Museum

It wasn't enough for the city of Manchester to be home to two of the world's best football clubs. Oh no, it had to go one better by also being the home of The National Football Museum. A trip here is the chance to see an array of exhibitions dedicated to the Beautiful Game, and there's even an area dedicated to England's World Cup win in 1966, plus interactive games. 

Address: Urbis Building Cathedral Gardens, Todd St, Manchester M4 3BG

IWM North

Part of the Imperial War Museums, IWM North is a unique purpose-built exhibition centre highlighting the plight faced by ordinary people during times of war. You'll discover a timeline of history from the First World War to the present day. The museum features a collection of over 2,000 objects, such as steelwork retrieved from the rubble of the World Trade Centre and guns from the First World War.

Address: Trafford Wharf Rd, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester M17 1TZ

People's History Museum

Fancy learning about the history of democracy? Then get yourself down to the People's History Museum, a museum dedicated to the history of democracy, radicalism, social justice and equality. There are great talks and workshops on offer all year round, so you can immerse yourself in the importance of freedom. 

Address: Left Bank, Manchester M3 3ER

Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry is a great place to visit for the whole family. So take your children, nieces and nephews and learn about Manchester's importance in the history of the development of science, technology and transport. Wander the exhibitions while learning how old steam trains and early fighter jets came to be while gaining a better understanding of the industrial revolution.  

Address: Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4FP

Manchester Art Gallery

Ok, so it's not quite a museum. But the Manchester Art Gallery is well worth a visit. It showcases internationally renowned and designated collections of fine art, decorative art and costume. Highlights include galleries showing how the Manchester Art Gallery was formed and its impact on the city and its people. 

Address: Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley St, Manchester M2 3JL

Elizabeth Gaskell's House

A former home of the renowned Victorian novelist, Elizabeth Gaskell's House enjoyed a £2.5 million restoration in 2014. Now, visitors can experience changing exhibitions and a calendar filled with top-notch talks and workshops where you'll learn about the famous novelist and the Grade II listed building that was previously visited by 19th-century literary royalty ranging from Ruskin to Brontë to Dickens.

Address: 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester M13 9LW

Greater Manchester Police Museum

The Greater Manchester Police Museum is conveniently housed inside a former police station and features an array of official and personal archival records. It's self-funded by the Greater Manchester Police and provides a unique opportunity to walk around a former police HQ and learn about everything from the uniform to cars and women in policing. 

Address: 57A Newton St, Manchester M1 1ET

Hall i' th' Wood Museum

Set in a Grade 1, 16th-century half-timbered hall, the Hall i' th' Wood Museum shows displays of 17th and early 18th-century furniture, objects and artefacts. The museum began life as a rich merchant's home before it was split into several rented dwellings. Today it's one of the most important buildings in the northwest and is where the mule was created, which is one of the most significant spinning machines used by the textile industry.

Address: Hall I' Th' Wood Ln, Bolton BL1 8UA

Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Just over the water in Salford is where you will find the Salford Museum & Art Gallery. It houses an impressive collection of Victorian fine and decorative art and focuses on social history, recreating the sights and sounds of a typical Victorian street in Salford. 

Address: Crescent, Salford M5 4WU

Museum of Transport

Head to the Museum of Transport and discover vintage transport design, maps, memorabilia, and historic buses and trams. There are more than 70 vehicles to discover at the museum, as well as an archive of brochures, route maps, tickets, photography and film. 

Address: Boyle St, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M8 8UW

Manchester's Best Museums

With so many great museums to visit in Manchester you'll never get bored going from one exhibition to the next while discovering fascinating history. Any one of the museums on our list makes for a great day out. And if you've got time, why not visit two or three in one day and immerse yourself in the museums of Manchester? 

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