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“Hidden gem that deserves more recognition” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Manchester Jewish Museum

Manchester Jewish Museum
190 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M8 8LW, England
44 161 8349879
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Ranked #32 of 317 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
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“Hidden gem that deserves more recognition”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

..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.

Visited January 2014
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“you dont have to be jewish”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

i am jewish and therefore well acquainted with the interior of a synagogue.i was therefore hoping to see something of the history of the congregation.however this was limited to a display case at the front.inside werr a few familiar artefacts.i was therefore slightly disappointed with my visit and only stayed for 20 minutes.

Visited November 2013
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“fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

We went on a trip from our own church one evening (C/E) and found this to be a most welcoming and interesting place to visit. Not just from the perspective of Judaism alone although this was of obvious interest, but also as a museum it charts the history in Manchester of the Jewish people and some of their remarkable stories.

Visited February 2013
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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“More than a Museam”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Manchester Jewish Museum is more than a Museum showing us the Manchester Jewish story It organises lots of other stuff including Walks, Reviews, Cultural events, and Musical programs. I have have visited on a number of occasions and have always been very satisfied with my visit. You are made welcome by volunteers who love the place and transmit to the visitors, giving a more personal knowledge and story that makes you feel a part of the History of Manchester.

Visited October 2013
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“Worth a visit, but a bit out of the way”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Manchester Jewish museum is situated in an old synagogue outside of the centre. It's quite out of the way, about a 20 minute walk but there are plenty of buses that go past. It's situated just down from The Fort shopping park, so there are a couple of places to eat or get a drink.
It's quite a small museum, you could probably do the main part in about an hour and a half. They do sometimes have exhibitions on so worth checking. It's possible to hire a guide, but I just bought a guide and did it at my own pace.
The museum mainly consists of old photos and paperwork from Jews that lived in the area and attended schools in the area. Informative if you are interested in that sort of thing and wanted to know a bit of history of the area. They have kept the features of the synagogue, and that was interesting in itself, and there is a small art gallery at the back. It was just under £4 for an adult, and they do a student discount with a card. I also got a card that gave me free entry for the rest of the year. I think it was worth the money, but I don't think there is enough to keep you interested if religion or Judaism is not a particular interest of yours. Combine it with a trip to the Fort.
The staff were extremely friendly and willing to help and answer any questions you had. I would go back there, even without the free pass.

Visited October 2013
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