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“Interesting little museum”

Manchester Jewish Museum
Ranked #50 of 188 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.
Manchester
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268 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Interesting little museum”
Reviewed August 21, 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.

Visited August 2013
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Greater Manchester
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“Interesting group visit”
Reviewed July 29, 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.

Visited July 2013
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England
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“Well worth visiting.”
Reviewed July 24, 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.

Visited July 2013
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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“A gem of find”
Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

Going through cheetham hill at any time of day brings new multi cultural sights all the time but at the end of this area is a hidden gem of particular brilliance - The Manchester Jewish museum. This placed half a mile from the centre of Manchester..an architectural find among nondescript surroundings. It was originally a Spanish and Portuguese synagogue...Safardic origins and built in 1800s. Its interior is beautifully ornate with particulate highlight to its stained glass and impressive balcony. It is home to some impressive current exhibitions...Chagall...and talks from Tate galleries are a feature. From here guided walks are popular of the local historical area and plays by Jack Rosenthal are a feature with talks by his spouse Maureen Lipman high on the listings. Overall a place of profound interest and major significance to the history of Manchester in the light of its development as a city with varied demographic links. There is an interesting and important permanent exhibition on the upper floor with old photos in abundance. A worthy and exiting find in the heart of Manchesters thriving varied populations

Visited July 2013
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Malmö, Sweden
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“Lovely”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

Visited the Jewish Museum on a recent visit to Manchester. A nice littl museum that does a great job with the history of Jews in Manchester. Cute little gift shop with some unusual items (purchased a carrier bag with SCHLEP on the front!).

Friendly staff!

I walked there and it didn't take more than 20-30 minutes from the visitor's center.

Visited June 2013
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