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. 

 

 

 

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34 Comments Add yours

  1. Lacy says:

    This is so beautiful! I would love to go there someday!

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    1. Absolutely, you should come here some day.

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  2. Shanna Rogers says:

    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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  3. Ana says:

    This museum looks amazing and you’ve captured some really beautiful shots!

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  4. I had no idea that such a museum existed but it does look beautiful 🙂 There seem to be a lot of great museums in Manchester so I’d love to visit!

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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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  5. Tiina A says:

    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. Yes absolutely ! 🙂

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  6. The stained glass windows are just so pretty. I have a soft spot for beautiful windows. Looks like a nice place to stop by.

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    1. Absolutely! Its a great place for a Sunday visit with family and children. The glass windows are a speciality.:)

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  7. What a beautiful museum! I love stained glass windows, they’re such powerful art pieces. Glad you enjoyed your visit 🙂

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and being a part of my adventures.

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  8. Kage says:

    Museums are such beautiful places, holders of exquisite art and history. Guess I’ll be adding another destination to my travels in the future.

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  9. I love museums, but I had no idea there was a jewish museum in Manchester, I thought if there was one it would have been in North London. It looks fascinating would love to visit one day. 🙂

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    1. Yes, If you can make it do come. It’s beautiful.

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  10. KatR says:

    My husband and I adore going to museums. There really is no better way to learn about history and culture. I love the beautiful stained glass in this museum!

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    1. Yes, that stained glass catches your attention the moment you enter the hall.

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  11. Great museum and nice pics. I will add it to my list of places to visit in Manchester. I especially liked that you gave the details/information at the end. That’s so useful.

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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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  12. I didn’t know that Manchester has such a strong Jewish influence, would love to visit this museum since I have interest in Jewish history and their lifestyle. Good to know!

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    1. Yes Kosher City in Manchester has a very rich history.

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  13. Alison says:

    It is always interesting to see a museum that shares the culture history. I love being able to learn how it developed over the years. It is really beautiful!

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    1. Thanks. Glad you liked it 🙂

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  14. 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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    1. Great 🙂 ! Glad you liked it.

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  15. lizellecruz says:

    I really enjoy museums!! As for thr Mancheseter Jewidh museum, it has a really nice exterior and the interior looks magnificent as well.

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    1. Yes it is beautiful 🙂

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  16. thetravelpockets says:

    What a beautiful looking museum! Never heard of this place and I love learning about history. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks. Glad you liked it:)

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  17. I’m really enjoying visiting museums at the minute and always pop in when I’m travelling and see one

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    1. Im sure you would love this museum.

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