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Manchester Jewish Museum, Manchester

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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.

Prices:

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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  • We were fortunate to have Lilian as a guide to this lovely building and the artefacts and stories of five Jewish immigrant families. The museum is small and therefore a few hours will give you an appr...  more »
  • An interesting and welcoming venue no matter what your religious interests are. It provides an insight not only into the Jewish faith but also the patterns of migration into Britain. Have also attende...  more »
  • This museum is in an old Synagogue, small but definitely worth a visit, especially if you check that there will be a volunteer there on the day to do one or both of the "Tours". We turned up at 2.30 o...  more »
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  • Great little museum. Worth taking the guided tour if you can.
  • The building is a synagogue - no longer used for worship, but with the furniture and so on left in place in the main room. Downstairs (in the main hall of the synagogue), there's a brief introduction to judaism, aimed mostly at children. Upstairs, in the overlooking galleries, an exhibition on Jewish history in the 19th and 20th century, including the Holocaust, and on the history of the Jewish community in Manchester.
  • 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
  • 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.