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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  • Really interesting if you engage in tradition and history. Good guide and great museum, very sad about the way lots of people lost their lives.  more »
  • This is a favourite of mine will take my grandsons soon. My granddaughter went a few years back as the people will answer all their questions and more it’s so interesting,a lovely place run by very de...  more »
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  • Sorry but I must review this place as I experienced it. I knew it was due to move to new location in July what I did not expect was to have to pay to be in the middle of a health and safety issue. Scaffolding on the floor of the synagogue. Nothing to buy. Exhibits have been removed or packed away... This place really should not be charging at the moment. And place signs around informing people of the health and safety issue.....In fact it should be closed now if only for the safety of the public.
  • Very interesting experience. A warm welcome and a knowledgeable guide. Good luck and all the best with the new project.
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