..and, to quote some one else s review title, "you certain do not have to be Jewish" to enjoy this.
After a few 'city break' visits to Manchester, we had done all the 'A' list attractions, and we thought "Well, let's give it a try" Wrong answer.
Whilst maybe not up there with MOSI, we should have gone here a lot earlier.. it ended up being one of the most interesting places I'd been in some time.
It is in a grade 2 listed building - so not quite "WOW!", but certainly "oh gosh, that's nice" We were shown round by an elderly gentleman who was very friendly, helpful and informative.
The aim of the museum themselves seems to be more concentrating on the local Jewish community. So if you are not local, or have family connections, and the people it tells you about are not known to you.. well, maybe not that fascinating to know that 'Mrs so-and-so came here from Lithuania in 1920 and ran this hospital". But.. that sets the background, and when we started asking our guide about the building, what that represents, what is this etc.. the visit became a fascinating education into Judaism. I wanted to know, and I learnt - about the Jewish festivals, holidays etc.
At a tad under £4 (2014), a reasonable price.
If at first it seems a little of the beaten track, it is in fact only about 15 mins walk from Victoria station - and I'm sure there must be buses.
Well worth a visit for someone with a curious mind, and essential if you wish to become a little more aware and knowledgeable of the lives and beliefs of other people and their faith and lives.
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