Manchester Jewish Museum

Manchester Jewish Museum in Cheetham Hill is a one of a kind museum in the form of a Synagogue.  Constructed in 1874, this Museum marks the spot of a fully functional Spanish-Portugese Synagogue. However, with the Jews moving out of Manchester to other places the population of this community reduced and the Synagogue was converted to a Museum and reopened in 1984. This building has a unique Victorian Style architecture. It welcomes everyone to its grounds six days a week. 

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Manchester Jewish Museum

The beautifully decorated and intricately designed entrance to the Museum.

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The Area of Worship

The first sight which greets you upon entering the Museum is this one. 

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Towering Beams and Glass painted Windows

The Ten Commandments written in Hebrew alongwith an original Glass Painted Hannukah window. This was taken from the ground floor of the Museum. 

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Glass painted windows

These are newly restored glass painted windows on the ground floor of the Museum. Most of them have been donated or restored in the memory of somebody. During the bombing of Manchester, most of these windows were heavily damaged and thus had to undergo reconstructions at places. 

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View from the first floor

This is how the view of the main prayer hall looks like from the first floor. 

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Glass painting of a Hanukkah

One of the original glass painted windows of the Museum, this depicts the Hanukkah. The Hanukkah is the candle- stand on which candles are lit to celebrate the Jewish festival of Lights.

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View from the first floor

Taken from the upper storey of the building, this photo shows the men’s prayer space, the seats of the religious heads of the institution, the pulpit from where the scriptures are read and in the far right corner of the frame are the Ten Commandments. Some of the glass painted windows are visible too. The red framed displays contain the history of the Jewish festivals, foods and garments. Another display at the far right corner of the room contains the history of the Kosher Jews in Manchester and some of the objects used by them.This setting looks even more vibrant under the lights of the beautiful chandeliers. 

The upper storey of the Museum has objects and artefacts that the people of this community used frequently in their day to day activities. The display includes photographs, letters, diaries, books, garments and the lot to give the audience a feeling of how the culture really developed over the years. 

From Jewish shopkeepers and factory owners to Jewish writers and politicians, Manchester simply would’nt be the city it is today without its Jewish community.

The growth and diversity of this community is told in the permanent gallery through objects, photographs, maps and memorabilia.

Guided tours for individuals and groups are conducted by the volunteers of this Museum. For more information you should visit their official site at http://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com/ .

Some important details are mentioned below:

Address: 190 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M8 8LW

Opening times : Sun to Thurs 10 am – 4 pm ; Fri 10 am – 1 pm

Ticket Prices : Adults  £4.50 ; Concessions £ 3.50 (includes guided tours, entry for a year)

I have liked this place very much and would ask you to drop by once. 

 

 

 

34 Replies to “Manchester Jewish Museum”

  1. Absolutely beautiful! If only I could make it across the pond – I would love to see the history like this over there! Nothing this beautiful in the US.

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    1. Well, US has its own beauty. Maybe one day You can make it across the pond and i can make it to the US too and we can share our adventures through blog posts. Hopes and dreams never die Do they? 😛

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    1. Yes, there are many museums in Manchester. the manchester Museum, The Museum of Transport, the People’s history museum, the Salford art Gallery and Museum, the Imperial War Museum. you can find out about them on other posts in my blog. 🙂

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  2. That museum looks beautiful and interesting! it’s always great to pop in to a museum especially if it’s well done, and learn from different cultures and also get to know some detailed and perhaps a bit trivial info as well 🙂

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    1. Thanks. Do visit it. There are some places nearby as well. Like the Manchester Transport museum, the Cheetham Hill churches- one looks more like an obsolete graveyard and the other is a functioning church. A little ahead is the Asian community of cheetham Hill and Manchester Fort (shopping arcade)

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  3. The museum looks beautiful! I love stained glass windows, I have a local church which has beautiful stained glass work.The prices are really reasonable too, will definitely check this out if I’m in the area!

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