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.
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