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Manchester Jewish Museum, Manchester

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4/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
Manchester Jewish Museum is located in a former Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue on Cheetham Hill Road. It is the only Jewish Museum outside London and is housed in the oldest surviving synagogue building in Manchester, completed in 1874.

With a compelling history to tell, the building opened as a museum is 1984. The Museum now chronicles the lives of Jewish people in Manchester and their contribution to making the city what it is today. The former ladies' gallery houses the Museum's permanent displays, in which the history of Manchester's Jewish community is vividly brought to life.

The Museum now offers a unique learning programme for schools, colleges and other organisations and hosts an exciting exhibition & events programme.

Guided Tours.

Jewish Manchester in 1912: Sweat Shops, Charity and the Titanic.

Sunday- Thursday 11am, 1pm and 3pm and Fridays at 11am

Visitors will be taken back in time to discover what life was like for 5 Jewish people living in Manchester in 1912. Museum volunteers will use the Museum's displays, exhibits and collection to tell these fascinating and previously unheard stories.

Faith and the Synagogue

Sunday- Thursday 12pm and 2pm and Fridays at 12pm

Explore the oldest surviving synagogue building in Manchester through the life of a Jewish man called Chaim Besso. Let Mr Besso's story lead you around the synagogue and you will discover more about kosher food, festivals and the synagogue itself.

Tours are included in museum entrance price.


Entrance to the museum cost £3.50/£4.50 per person and this includes two guided tours and a 12 month free pass.
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  • Small, not many things to see. It is worth 4.48£ of visiting. Been asked to wait for a guide who never appear. Never again!!! 
  • Brilliant photos of local history and Jewish culture,changing exhibitions about various aspects of Jewish culture 
  • The Manchester Jewish Museum is based in the old synagogue which was built in the Moorish Revival style by the noted Manchester architect Edward Salomons in 1874. Although it is far from being the lar...  read more »
  • Small but impressive museum, staff is very kind and happy to explain the exhibition.
  • A lovely building with a superb guided tour by an enthusiastic young man who explained many of the religions traditions of the Jewish peoples with his own experience and how he practices his faith, some tour guides are a bit dull because they are repeating themselves day after day but not here, he has a very happy faith which made his shared experience a joy.The visitors guide is a very good read, the small cost of entrance included a ticket for free returns for one year.The only thing I did not do was to have a look at the other literature and publications that are available but I will return because I want to learn more about this fascinating religion.Thank you George
  • Fascinating little museum telling the story of Manchester's Jewish population and community. It's housed in a wonderful nineteenth century building which used to be one of the city's old synagogues. The entry price would be very reasonable just for admission, but it even includes a guided tour as well. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. It's well worth the short walk out of the city centre to reach it.
  • I have been there on a number of occasions usually for an event such as Music or during the literature festival and found it brilliant. The building itself is full of history and character whilst the museum side of things is really important as it paints a picture of Jewish life in Manchester of the past, which was so important in the development of Manchester. It is only a small Museum but adequate and the staff are well informed and friendly.
  • One-of-a-kind Moorish memorial to the history of Manchester's Jewish population. A shining gem in the middle of quite a rundown area of the city. With fascinating, free-tours given to explain Jewish culture and the history of the people who made Manchester their home. Such as the journey of one family from poor immigrants to the upper echelons of society, crisscrossing the entire geography of the city. And a truly inspiring and educational story, that was explained in great detail with fantastic anecdotes about the family. Really, I can't praise this place enough. The only drawback was the lack of parking. Something that was out of the control of our the Museum and our helpful guide.
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