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Sunday 19 Nov 2017

[@]Manchester's Museums and Galleries

Museums and Galleries

Steeped in heritage and culture, Manchester has an astounding range of museums and galleries on offer - and what's more, most are free to visit. LS Lowry may be Manchester's best known artist, but there is a wealth of art being created and many quality galleries to visit in the city.

With exhibition spaces and smaller galleries almost on every corner you are bound to find something by accident. For example the Northern Quarters Kraak Gallery just off Stevenson Sq (it's hard to find) presents a wide selection of work and shows.

There are art exhibitons in pubs too, such as the Manchester people-focused photographs in the Chop House on Albert Square.

Here we have rounded up all the major permanent gallery spaces for you to look into and enjoy. Most of these museums and galleries are free to enter, but they often have special exhibitions with entrance fees.

  • Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

    Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

    The Chinese Arts Centre Manchester (CFCCA), is a cultural bond with China and its gallery spaces present work from chinese artists. Based in the trendy Northern Quarter it is a short walk from Piccadilly

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    Address: Market Buildings, 13 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1EU
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  • Concorde - Manchester Airport

    Concorde - Manchester Airport

    Part of the Runway Visitor Park, at Manchester Airport, the iconic Concorde is open to the public on a daily basis. The Concorde hanger has an entrance fee

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    Address: Sunbank Lane, Altrincham, Manchester WA15 8XQ
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  • Gallery of Costume

    Gallery of Costume

    The Gallery of Costume houses one of the finest collections of clothing and fashion accessories in the country. The exhibition and displays change regularly, so there is always something new to see

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    Address: Platt Hall, Rusholme, Manchester, M14 5LL
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  • Greater Manchester Police Museum

    Greater Manchester Police Museum

    Open on Tuesdays 10.30-3.30pm, you can trace the history of law enforcement historic photos, old weapons and other artefacts

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    Address: 57A Newton Street, Manchester M1 1ET
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  • Hat Works Museum

    Hat Works Museum

    The Hat Works museum, in Stockport, is the UK's only museum dedicated to the hatting industry, hats and headwear

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    Address: Wellington Mill, Wellington Road South, Stockport SK3 0EU
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  • Home Gallery

    Home Gallery

    Located at First St, this multi purpose venue has five cinemas, two theatres and an exhibition space

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    Address: 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN
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  • Imperial War Museum North

    Imperial War Museum North

    The Main Exhibition Space takes you through a timeline of wars Britain and the Commonwealth have been involved in from the First World War to the present day. Located near Salford Quays it is in easy reach of the city centre

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    Address: Quay West, Trafford Wharf Rd, Manchester M17 1TZ
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  • Manchester Art Gallery

    Manchester Art Gallery

    The city centre art gallery permanent collection includes everything from Dutch masters to modern art. It has a calendar of exclusive exhibitions from local and international artists

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    Address: Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
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  • Museum of Science and Industry

    Museum of Science and Industry

    MSI, Located in Castlefield, is home to the world's first Railway Station and houses a large collection of scientific and industrial exhibits

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    Address: Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4FP
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  • National Football Museum

    National Football Museum

    Manchester may not be the home of modern football, but it's pretty close so its fitting that our national game is celebrated here. The National Football Museum is opposite Victoria station

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    Address: Urbis Bldg, Corporation St, Manchester M4 3BG, UK
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  • Mamucium - Roman Fort

    Mamucium - Roman Fort

    Mamucium, located within modern day Castlefield, was a fort in the Roman province of Britannia. Today it is an open area exhibition space with information and recreated buildings

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    Address: Mamucium, Bridgewater St, Manchester M3 4AG
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  • Peoples History Museum

    Peoples History Museum

    The People's History Museum in Manchester is the national museum of democracy. Their aim is to engage, inspire and inform diverse audiences by showing 'There have always been ideas worth fighting for.

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    Address: Left Bank, Manchester, M3 3ER
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  • The Manchester Museum

    The Manchester Museum

    Manchester Museum is a museum displaying works of archaeology, anthropology and natural history and is owned by the University of Manchester

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    Address: The University Of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
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  • Whitworth Gallery

    Whitworth Gallery

    Refurbished in 2015 the Whitworth makes use of its indoor and outdoor spaces to present its collection. Presenting a regular programme of art shows and installations you are bound to find something of interest

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    Address: Oxford Road, Manchester, Lancashire M15 6ER
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Manchester a City of ‘Quarters’

Bury Town - Part of Historic Manchester

Bury Town

Only 30 minutes by Tram from the City Centre, Bury and its attractions make a good day trip

Castlefield

Castlefield

Nestled between the Irwell and Medloack rivers Castlefield is where the Romans established 'Mamucium'. Experience the old and modern and explore its attractions

China Town - City Centre

China Town

China Town, a stone's throw from Piccadilly Gardens, offers restaurants, specialist supermarkets and entertainment all in one space

Deansgate

Deansgate

Connecting most parts of the city, this mile-long road is worth a stroll along and offers some great shops and places to eat

Read About All Manchester‘s Quarters