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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Went here on the recommendation of a work colleague. Brought my wife and three boys (aged 13, 11 and 9) for the visit. Straight away, one of the people behind the reception desk was offering...
Went here on the recommendation of a work colleague. Brought my wife and three boys (aged 13, 11 and 9) for the visit. Straight away, one of the people behind the reception desk was offering... more »
I visited today with my 16 year old daughter. She had studied Judaism for GCSE last year and we’d been meaning to visit for a while. By chance there was a challah making workshop on the day of our...
I visited today with my 16 year old daughter. She had studied Judaism for GCSE last year and we’d been meaning to visit for a while. By chance there was a challah making workshop on the day of our... more »
It's quite a small museum but a lovely one. There is a vegetarian cafe and small shop on the bottom floor; they were happy to cater to my gluten intolerance. On the upper floor is the actual museum gallery, there are a lot of items packed into a few rooms so depending on how much reading you like to do, your visit could be anywhere from 1-4 hours. Some very interesting stories from the Manchester Jewish community and the history of how the Jewish community grew in Manchester. Attached to the museum next door is their historic synagogue. The whole place is wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets on both floors.
What a fantastic place to visit. I visited with my husband and family today and we were very impressed by the exhibits, real life stories and the restored synagogue. Our guide Julien was very knowledgable and it was interesting to hear more about the Jewish faith. The rest of the staff were really friendly and we all enjoyed the experience. Many thanks !
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