Manchester Jewish Museum
Manchester Jewish Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Manchester Jewish Museum is a place to experience how we are different, together. Our museum first opened in 1984, housed in a Grade II* listed 1874 (former) Spanish and Portuguese synagogue in Cheetham Hill, one of the most diverse areas in Manchester. Following a £6m redevelopment and extension our new museum includes a new gallery, vegetarian café, shop and learning studio & kitchen as well as complete restoration of our synagogue. We connect Jewish stories to the world and to our society to explore both our differences and similarities and celebrate that which makes people unique and that which connects us all. In doing so we look to spark reaction and change and to make real the knowledge that there is more that binds us together than separates us. We boldly explore and combine educational, cultural and artistic experiences to encourage those with whom we come into contact to feel and believe that we are all better together. We make connections to make things better.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
What is Travellers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.

Top ways to experience nearby attractions

The area
Address
Reach out directly
See what travellers are saying
  • Jess M
    Greater Newcastle, Australia4 contributions
    Excellent visit and lunch.
    I had made arrangements with the Museum Curator to deposit my great aunt's papers and artifacts. this was the second time I Wad visited and I am amazed at the progress that has been made in the last 4 years. The £6 million redevelopment of a new museum including a new gallery, café, shop and learning studio & kitchen as well as the complete restoration of the stunning Spanish and Portuguese synagogue has been well worth it. It was marvelous the way the curator was able to put my aunt's life story into context as well as how the whole museum works. it is interactive. People have recorded their lives and these are set into the historical context. Schools are coming for learning days, the cafe has excellent vegetarian options. My visit coincided with a visit by Andy Burnham the Mayor of Manchester whom I happened to recognise. I came away enthused by the telling of stories of immigrants who contributed to Manchester's prosperity. A very positive visit.
    Thank you for this amazing review, we'd love to welcome you again.
    Written 17 January 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 9 December 2022
  • Peter S
    Manchester, United Kingdom3 contributions
    A Wonderful Experience
    I was very impressed by the new facilities and I was made very welcome when arrived by the friendly and informatve (volunteer) staff. After an enjoyable light snack (soup and tea) in the small but immaculate cafe I took my time browsing through the museum exhibits at my own pace. There are explanatory details alongside each of these with further information available from the Stewards who were keen to add their personal anecdotes when prompted. The old Iberian Synagogue is beautifully preserved - a joy to behold. In all, iI had a most enjoyable, interesting and informative visit. Thank you to all the people who contributed to this. Peter
    Thank you very much, we're glad you had a nice visit!
    Written 13 February 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 23 January 2023
  • Samuel J
    7 contributions
    Amazing
    The staff, volunteers, food and atmosphere can't be faulted. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. The volunteers had a wealth of knowledge and connection to the community and material. Cafe and shop also great. Food/coffee good and everyone was so pleasant.
    Thank you for a nice review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit!
    Written 13 February 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 February 2023
  • Erica A
    5 contributions
    A must visit.
    Wow an amazing museum, so much history with friendly knowledgeable volunteers, we had 2 lovely ladies that explained everything to us they were warm, friendly and answered any questions we had. On arrival they came out helped us with the doors , a lovely friendly welcome, explained where everything was . We enjoyed vegetarian chocolate cake made there and locally sourced pop and coffee. They explained that we could return for as many times as we wished for 12 months and were put onto a mailing list as they have alot of events over the year. Thank you for your warm welcome and such kindness.
    Thank you for taking time to write this wonderful review, it means a lot to us and we are glad that you had a nice time at the museum! :)
    Written 10 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Yorksladytraveller
    Harrogate, United Kingdom16 contributions
    Fascinating visit
    Highly recommended- so fascinating to hear people’s stories of how they came to Manchester and where from, and the life they had here. The strength of Jewish community life was impressive and inspiring. The new building of the museum is attached to a beautiful old synagogue, with wonderful stained glass. The museum design is very attractive and very well designed as a space - it’s open and light. Lovely cafe area - we just had a drink as we had eaten a big breakfast earlier, but food choices looked lovely and interesting, and very reasonably priced. Small shop for books and gifts. Excellent value visit, friendly welcome. This museum deserves success.
    Thank you so much! We'd love to welcome you again :)
    Written 10 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Meander27532963602
    1 contribution
    Beautiful with amazing staff although a little small
    I took my children to the museum as it was a teacher strike day so we wanted to learn about local culture. I needed to contact the museum regarding an issue beforehand and Rick replied almost immediately with a helpful, polite and welcoming greeting. Unfortunately the cafe wasn't open on the day we visited but Rick had also contacting me to inform us so we could make alternative arrangements. As for the museum and synagogue, it is absolutely beautiful. It is quite small and doesn't take too long to get around unless you were to study everything in detail but what they do exhibit is inspiring and very moving and with lots of local links. You can tell that the people running it are very proud of the museum and they are all helpful and friendly. The synagogue is peaceful and you are welcome to contemplate whilst inside. Thank you for a lovely morning.
    Thank you for taking time to write this lovely review, we're glad you had a nice visit with your family :)
    Written 10 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 July 2023
  • boybanker
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,131 contributions
    Beautifully curated museum of Jews in Manchester
    Volunteers gave an excellent tour of this new museum and a former synagogue in what used to be the heart of a thriving Jewish community with multiple temples and flourishing businesses. The carefully curated museum had artifacts of migrants who’d settled in Manchester, fleeing Germany before World War 2, during Kinder Transport, or as refugees and Holocaust survivors after the war. The former synagogue had some original furnishings and stained glass windows, the rest reconstructed or installed during the National Heritage project completed two years ago. As in Washington, the Jewish community—the second largest in the UK—has decamped to the suburbs. The area now has business and services catering to Manchester’s diverse South Asian communities. Two now-commercial buildings were originally synagogues.
    Thank you for a 5-star review. We are glad that you found the museum interesting and we'll pass on your great feedback to our volunteers :)
    Written 10 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 July 2023
  • JEAN E
    1 contribution
    Remarkable History of Manchester's Heritage
    So delighted I was able to take my grandchildren to the Jewish Museum. Wow it was amazing. The welcome was like visiting family that you've not seen for sometime. Even my grandchildren commented that it felt like home. So friendly, the history explanations given by the volunteers was remarkable. We spent around 4 hours there, walking through the museum, the Synagogue, then eventually going to the cafe. We were too late for hot food, but the drinks, cakes and dessert were delicious. I recommend eating before completing the tour. We will definitely be visiting again soon. Thank you to all the staff for a lovely day outing.
    Thank you very much for the 5-star review. We're glad to hear you had a nice visit and we would love to welcome you again!
    Written 9 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • V425QVsarahf
    Greater Manchester, United Kingdom71 contributions
    Wonderful place.
    Superb. The building was beautiful before but following on from the building work it is STUNNING. The original synagogue is still there but the museum now has much more room for exhibitions, including hands on experiences. We also spent some time in the cafe. The staff were friendly and polite. We can thoroughly recommend.
    Thank you very much for this lovely review, we're glad you had a nice time at the museum!
    Written 4 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Janet H
    Kenilworth, United Kingdom35 contributions
    An excellent visit
    I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Manchester Jewish Museum. There are numerous accounts from Jewish people about their own experiences or those of their ancestors about how they came to settle in Manchester. These accounts can be read or listened to. The synagogue itself is beautiful. I was privileged to have the attention of a very knowledgeable volunteer who explained a great deal about the Jewish faith and about different aspects of a synagogue. Thank you to him. One useful addition might be a leaflet explaining terms and Hebrew words that are familiar to Jews but unknown to non- Jews like myself. The cafe was a quiet spot where the chef was happy to explain the items on the menu and the food was delicious. Certainly a memorable and informative visit.
    Thank you very much for a 5 star review. We'd love to welcome you again!
    Written 4 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 August 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
4.5
226 reviews
Excellent
146
Very good
61
Average
8
Poor
4
Terrible
7

EllieT
Cheshire, UK3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
We were a group from U3A. The warm welcome we received on a very wet, dull day was extraordinary. The Museum kindly provided us with a guide, Frank, who was very knowledgable and amusing. The story of the synagogue and its founders was not only enlightening but heart rendering. The museum/synagogue is beautiful and every item tells a story. If visiting, which is highly recommended, take plenty of time to read the stories of the people who chose Manchester as their home and their contribution to the community, the city and the country. You won’t be disappointed. Well recommended.
Thank you to all the volunteers for your time and also the lovely tea/coffee and delicious cake!
Written 12 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you very much for this lovely review, we're glad you had an enjoyable visit to the museum and we'd love to welcome you again :)
Written 20 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lisa C
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
What a special place. An absolute treasure trove of stories about the diversity of Jewish people who settled in Manchester. Sad stories, surprising stories, inspiring stories, human stories. Stories alongside a beautiful Spanish and Portuguese 19th Century synagogue. I left feeling nourished by the stories, the very warm welcome from staff and volunteers, and also the utterly delicious food in the cafe (which is not to be missed).
Written 9 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you very much for this beautiful review! We're glad you had a nice visit :)
Written 20 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Brian J
Yorkshire10 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
I am not Jewish, nor do I subscribe to any formal religion, but this visit was a positive and memorable cultural experience. Not only is the exhibition a fine example of interpretive communication, but it was backed-up by volunteer guides from the Manchester Jewish community, who briefly introduced the context, and then, with great deftness, made themselves available to amplify details and answer questions throughout the visit. On top of this, the new building is an excellent example of modern architecture, while the old, recently restored Synagogue is an outstanding baroque design. And, if all this wasn't enough, the café is a source of excellent food served by engaging and helpful staff. The is so much still to see and learn, that a return visit (and meal!) will be needed.
Written 31 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you very much for this lovely review. We're glad you had a nice visit to the museum and we'd love to welcome you again!
Written 1 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Cruiser815441
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Friends
This is a treasure. A warm, open, welcoming, optimistic and engaging team and museum. The new galleries are great and draw you in. The synagogue is stunning as you would expect, with subtle interpretation on hand as well. We discovered it's not a complete visit until you break bread - the small cafe has a small menu but it's great. No wonder they run cooking workshops as well. It's just out of town, but it's worth looking up. It's got to be one of the best small museums in the country, with its dramatic new extension.
Written 2 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you very much for this lovely review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit and the bagels! :)
Written 4 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lucy T
Liverpool, UK5 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Fascinating museum about how Manchester developed and impact Jewish Migrants had. Cafe has fantastic food
Written 2 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you very much for this lovely review
Written 4 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jasmine T
Manchester, UK22 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Having been meaning to attend for quite a while, we finally managed to attend today, and we're so glad we did. Staff went above and beyond to speak to us about the history of the museum and community, and also to explain the wheelchair accessibility which was also very good. The cafe was very reasonably priced, with friendly staff and delicious cake, and the exhibits were emotive and interesting. Will definitely be returning. Thank you to all of the fantastic staff and those who helped curate!
Written 18 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you very much, we're glad you had an enjoyable visit and we would love to welcome you again :)
Written 4 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mark D
15 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
The synagogue is beautiful and the museum illuminating, giving an interesting and personal perspective of Jewish life in Manchester over the last century and a half.
The guy who managed the museum was well-informed and helpful.
The cafe food was also very tasty.
Written 4 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for a lovely review, we're glad you had a nice time at the museum!
Written 4 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

navis27
Chorley, UK14 contributions
Aug 2023
This is an extremely interesting, informative and moving exhibition, detailing the migration of the jewish people and their integration into manchester and beyond, to areas of the north west. It is a must see for everyone. The exhibits are fascinating, but also uplifting and sad at the same time. The guides are excellent. An important history lesson and a celebration and triumph of the human spirit over persecution and hardship.
Written 25 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you very much, we're glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written 4 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Janet H
Kenilworth, UK35 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Manchester Jewish Museum. There are numerous accounts from Jewish people about their own experiences or those of their ancestors about how they came to settle in Manchester. These accounts can be read or listened to.
The synagogue itself is beautiful. I was privileged to have the attention of a very knowledgeable volunteer who explained a great deal about the Jewish faith and about different aspects of a synagogue. Thank you to him.
One useful addition might be a leaflet explaining terms and Hebrew words that are familiar to Jews but unknown to non- Jews like myself.
The cafe was a quiet spot where the chef was happy to explain the items on the menu and the food was delicious.
Certainly a memorable and informative visit.
Written 22 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you very much for a 5 star review. We'd love to welcome you again!
Written 4 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

V425QVsarahf
Greater Manchester, UK71 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Superb. The building was beautiful before but following on from the building work it is STUNNING. The original synagogue is still there but the museum now has much more room for exhibitions, including hands on experiences.
We also spent some time in the cafe. The staff were friendly and polite. We can thoroughly recommend.
Written 9 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you very much for this lovely review, we're glad you had a nice time at the museum!
Written 4 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 221
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

MANCHESTER JEWISH MUSEUM: Tickets, Tours & Things to Know (with Photos)

Frequently Asked Questions about Manchester Jewish Museum

Manchester Jewish Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00