Manchester Jewish Museum

The only Jewish museum outside London and based in a former Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in North Manchester on Cheetham Hill Road.

The building itself was completed in 1874, making it the oldest synagogue in the city – although it wasn’t opened as a museum until 1984. It records the history of Jewish people in Manchester, and has permanent displays in what was the former Ladies’ Gallery.

There is an ongoing exhibition and events programme, with guided tours available, exploring a range of themes. Manchester Jewish Museum also has a learning programme for schools and colleges.

Manchester Jewish Museum regularly hosts community and cultural events, which have included storytelling and music workshops. This has involved building a “Story Sukkah” as well as the highly popular ‘Wonder Women: Written in the Margins’ event in 2016 (with the author Stuart Maconie chairing a Brighter Sound’s panel of journalists and musicians discussing female representation in the media).

There is a small entrance fee of £3.50/£4.50 per person and this entitles visitors to a 12-month free pass and two guided tours. The museum is open 6 days a week – Sunday-Thursday (10am-4pm) and Friday (10am-1pm).