Museums in Manchester

Polly Checkland Harding, Exhibitions Editor

We do like a good museum, from those old-fashioned slightly dusty numbers (who shall remain nameless) to the hipper variety, such as The Manchester Museum, which of all UK museums arguably does the best job in combining a historic collection with 21st century details. Manchester is studded with gems, from the sprawling Museum of Science and Industry to the small but perfectly-formed Police Museum. Read our picks of the best here.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Museum of Science and Industry

    Museum of Science and Industry on Liverpool road Manchester
    Jonty Wilde

    Liverpool Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 4FP - Visit now

    The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is housed in the buildings of the world’s first inter-city passenger railway; this sprawling, interactive land of scientific exploration includes a working steam train.

  • 2. National Football Museum

    National Football Museum, Urbis Building in Cathedral Gardens, Manchester
    Image courtesy of National Football Museum

    Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 3BG - Visit now

    The National Football Museum attracted 100,000 visitors in the first six weeks of opening. It continues to be hugely popular – expect football-related displays and exhibitions, a café and an extensive shop.

  • 3. People’s History Museum

    Political banners in the People's History Museum
    Image courtesy of the People's History Museum.

    Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER - Visit now

    The national museum of democracy, couldn’t have a better home than Manchester, the birthplace of the British Labour Party and universal suffrage.

  • 4. Imperial War Museum North (IWM North)

    The Imperial War Museum at the Quays, Manchester
    Image courtesy of Visit Britain

    The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M17 1TZ - Visit now

    IWM North was designed by Daniel Libeskind, whose beautiful waterfront building was based on a globe shattered by war and houses a permanent collection, special exhibitions and events that consider the many ways conflict shapes society.

  • 5. Manchester Museum

    Manchester Weekender, Nature's Library, Manchester Museum

    The University Of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9PL - Visit now

    Manchester Museum boasts six million pieces in its archive, an impressive Egyptology collection and new discovery space The Study all in one gothic, Grade II*-listed building.