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“A Worthy Establishment”

Manchester Jewish Museum
Ranked #51 of 190 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum includes objects, documents, photographs and oral histories charting the stories and experiences of Manchester’s Jewish community, including their experiences during the Holocaust.
Reviewed 17 October 2013

Manchester's Jewish Museum is in an old, attractive synagogue. Occasionally they have special exhibitions, the current one being very good (Chagall, Soutine, etc.). It is a bit of a hike from the city centre, and through an uninteresting area, so one is best advised to drive, take a taxi or use the frequent buses that go through Cheetham Hill.

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Reviewed 14 October 2013

The volunteer guides do an excellent job of explaining the history of the synagogue and development of the museum. While we were there a class of young people visited and we were able to hear the presentation for them as well. In addition, there was a small exhibition of prints by Jewish artists with excellent explanations of their works.

The balcony level had exhibitions of photos of the families who founded and attended the shul and on the first floor next the entrance there was a book of records for it as well. There is a small gift shop with appropriate items and we were told there are plans for expansion. Definitely worth the visit.

2  Thank CharleneSokal
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

The Jewish Museum is housed in an old synagogue slightly out of the city centre on Cheetham Hill Road in a particularly ugly part of town. Don't let the surroundings put you off, just jump on the 135 bus from Lever Street off Piccadilly and you'll be there in 10 minutes. The museum costs £3.95 for adults but you get a card which allows you free future visits for a year.
The museum consists of a perfectly preserved disused synagogue which you are free to wander around and explore. There is plenty of information to explain the different parts of the building and how they are used for worship. Upstairs is a little exhibition that tells you everything about the history of Manchester's large Jewish community.
Behind the synagogue there is a room used for exhibitions. During my visit the exhibition was on Jewish painters, centred around Chagall. Very good. There is also a little shop selling unusual mementos or gifts.
One of the biggest assets to the museum was the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. They were fantastic, happy to chat and there was nothing they didn't know about Jewish history in Manchester.

3  Thank Citizenandrew
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

A group visit with Manchester Civic Society. Had a detailed and informative talk before having a look around. Everyone in the group enjoyed the visit, very interesting facts about Jewish life in Manchester and in general.

They are planning an extension to the museum and I look forward to re-visiting the museum when it is completed.

2  Thank RHardman1
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

We visited the museum with friends, it was our first visit. We found it very interesting and informative on how Jewish famiies lived and worked within that area and in other areas of Manchester. There are lots of photo's and written information to see and read. The lady who took us on the tour of the museum was very informative, interesting and obviously very passionate about the museum. She welcomed questions to which she gave an honest answer. After the tour you are free to look around the museum at your leisure, there is no rush for you to leave. With the admission fee you pay it gives you free admission on future visits that year. Good value for money. We will be returning as there are always various exhibitions on during the year. The buiding both on the outside and the inside is lovely.

2  Thank Smith01England
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