Manchester Jewish Museum is located in a former Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue on Cheetham Hill Road – currently closed for a major building and restoration project.
We are the only Jewish Museum outside London and our building is the oldest surviving synagogue building in Manchester, completed in 1874.
It is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture, executed in Moorish style. Particularly noteworthy are the splendid stained glass windows and the distinctive cast-iron fitments.
Since the building became redundant in the 1970s through the movement of the Jewish population away from the area, it has been partially restored and now has Grade II* listed status.
With a compelling history to tell, the building needed a new purpose and in 1984 it re-opened as a Museum. The Museum now chronicles the lives of Jewish people in Manchester and their contribution to making the city what it is today.
A newly developed museum will open in 2021 with a major new extension and fully restored and refurbished synagogue.
Registered in England, Manchester Jewish Museum is a company limited by guarantee (Company No. 8370403), a registered charity (Charity No. 1154353), VAT registered (VAT No. 177 7230 85) and Accredited Museum (No. 179).