In 2021 we will open a new Jewish Museum in Manchester. Inspired by stories of Jewish Manchester, it will be a museum like no other. Visitors will get to see rare and powerful objects, hear personal and extraordinary stories, cook and eat Jewish food and travel back in time to explore Manchester’s oldest surviving synagogue.

Plans are now going ahead after we were awarded a £2.9million grant from the National Lottery – full story here and see images of museum building site

In today’s changing multicultural world we need this new museum more than ever. From stories of Holocaust Survivors to Middle Eastern refugees, the 30,000 items in our collection remind us what happens when people, politics and religion drive us apart – and how a city like Manchester can bring people together.

Our new museum, located on Cheetham Hill Road – “the most diverse street in the UK” – will bring people of all faiths, backgrounds and ages together. A two-storey extension will be built and our Grade II* listed synagogue repaired and restored. From the stories we tell in our new gallery to the bagels we bake in our ‘Kitchen’ café, our new museum will help create a brighter, more harmonious future, actively promoting the acceptance and understanding of all faiths and cultures.

The majority of project costs will be funded by the National Lottery. We have so far raised £2million in match funding and need to raise a further £300,000.

Help us reach our final fundraising target and pledge your support today. To make a pledge please contact Chief Executive, Max Dunbar, on 0161 830 1435 or email

Full details, including the latest museum designs and naming opportunities, are now available here:MJM Appeal Brochure

english_compact_pantoneThe project is being supported by HLF who, in 2015, awarded us a development grant of £426,900 to progress our plans to apply for a full HLF grant in 2017.