Manchester Jewish Museum occupies the former Spanish and Portuguese synagogue on Cheetham Hill Road in Manchester, England. It is a grade II* listed building.Plan to visit Manchester Jewish Museum during your Manchester vacation using our convenient Manchester trip planner.
The synagogue was completed in 1874 but the building became redundant through the migration of the Jewish population away from the Cheetham area further north to Prestwich and Whitefield.
It re-opened as a museum in March 1984 telling the story of the history of Jewish settlement in Manchester and its community over the last 200 years.
The museum reopened on 2 July 2021 following a £6 million pound redevelopment and extension. The new museum includes a new gallery, vegetarian café, shop and learning studio and kitchen as well as complete restoration of the Spanish and Portuguese synagogue.
Following completion of the renovation works, Manchester Jewish Museum won two awards at the annual British Construction Industry Awards (Cultural and Leisure Project of the Year and Best Small Project of the Year) alongside architects Citizens Design Bureau and structural engineers Buro Happold.
The museum holds over 31,000 items in its collection, documenting the story of Jewish migration and settlement in Manchester. The collection is considered by historians to be of national and international significance and our synagogue has been described by Historic England as “one of the highlights of Victorian Gothic architecture in the country”. It includes Over 530 oral history testimonies, over 20,000 photographs, 138 recorded interviews with Holocaust Survivors and refugees and a wide-ranging collection of objects, documents and ephemera.
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Great experience and one of a few worth visiting places in the area. The building is new and modern. The stories you can learn are really amazing. The volunteers in the museum helped us a lot (it is..... more
Great experience and one of a few worth visiting places in the area. The building is new and modern. The stories you can learn are really amazing. The volunteers in the museum helped us a lot (it is..... more »
An enlightening experience. A must! To visit! The new building and archives are very interesting and impressively displayed. Nice cafe’ too. Worth a visit! 5 out of 5 👍
An enlightening experience. A must! To visit! The new building and archives are very interesting and impressively displayed. Nice cafe’ too. Worth a visit! 5 out of 5 👍 more »
Day visit with college staff. Excellent talks and workshop. Did expect museum to be bigger (more exhibits) however what was presented was informative. Lots of reading and listening though. Impressed with cafe. Lovely CLEAN food. There was a small shop attached. Definitely need to go back with my family. Lovely day out.
This magnificent museum is one of the treasures of the north. The beautifully restored synagogue, now in pristine condition and full of fascinating detail, should be seen by everyone. The museum exhibits are brilliantly chosen, telling compelling stories and histories of Jewish Manchester. The museum is a cultural hub as well, with concerts and other activities. An essential place to visit.
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