Manchester Jewish Museum

About Us

Manchester Jewish Museum opened in 1984 and is housed in a former synagogue on “the most diverse road in the UK”. Our mission is to celebrate diversity and build a more accepting, culturally rich future.

We currently hold over 31,000 items in our collection, documenting stories of Jewish migration and settlement in Manchester. Our award-winning learning programme attracts students from across the UK and our historic synagogue is used to stage an eclectic events programme.

In 2016 we were listed by ‘The Times’ as one of the 10 best small museums in the UK and we have recently become one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations. This year, with Heritage Lottery Fund support we have started an ambitious £6 million capital project, building a major extension to accommodate a new gallery, learning/community studio, café, shop and visitor facilities. The new museum is planned to open in 2021.

Volunteering at Manchester Jewish Museum

We’re putting together a cracking team of volunteers to work with us on our two year ‘Wandering Jewish Museum’ project in the run up to the opening of our new museum in 2021.

If you’re someone who loves sharing stories and isn’t afraid to try new things, we want to hear from you.