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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  • August 14, 2017
    Very informative. David, the guide, was passionate about the history of the Jewish communities. We learned a lot. Thank you.  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    Went with my friend to the jewish museum and had a guided tour by a very knowledgeable guide. We learned all about the jewish faith and their history from when they first arrived in Manchester. There ...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    Our guide David was excellent, answered any questions we had, not being Jewish ourselves the main reason for our visit was to find out more about the Jewish faith and traditions though the history of ...  more »
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  • Really nice museum with very nice tour guides. Recommend visiting :)
  • The building is fascinating, it was smaller than I thought it would be but the tour and question and answers of the guide were very in depth and put a personal touch to learning about judaism which I had simply not got from my previous reading
  • Situated in a disused synagogue that is still set out as it was when it was in use. loads of information on the Jewish heritage of Manchester with plenty of exhibits.
  • A fascinating insight into the city's history at this small but well worth visiting museum. Very helpful and informative staff.
  • Great little museum. Worth taking the guided tour if you can.

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