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Museums Re-Opening in Manchester

Holly Eliza Temple

Craving a culture fix? Dreaming of wandering the collections of Manchester’s most celebrated museums? The country’s re-opening dates for museums and galleries are just around the corner and these cultural institutions have never needed our support more. We’ve rounded up the city’s top attractions – and what you can look forward to in the months ahead. 

 

Manchester Jewish Museum
Re-opens 2nd July 2021
 
Following a multi-million pound redevelopment, Manchester Jewish Museum will reopen in July – double the size – with a new gallery, learning studio, shop and more, as well as a restoration of their 1874 synagogue. Collecting and exploring Jewish stories from Manchester and beyond, the city’s very own Jewish Museum is a trailblazer for creative, community-based work around Jewish history and culture. The new museum will also house a vegetarian, kosher-style café run by volunteers, serving a fusion of Jewish heritage and innovation. 




Manchester Museum
Re-opens 19th May 2021
 
From botany to archaeology, taxidermy to technology, Manchester Museum boasts collections of over four million objects. The Museum has been curating online educational activities through their Manchester Museum From Home programme, but children and families, students and researchers alike can’t wait to get back through those doors. The Museum is also undergoing a £13.5 million project to expand and transform the Gothic buildings, and become a more sustainable and inclusive centre for education and research. 




National Football Museum
Re-opens 27th May 2021
 
Documenting the history and culture of our favourite game, the National Football Museum is the only one of its kind in the UK. From commemorative shirts to medals and trophies that made history, football inspired art to ephemera, you can explore the stories of this worldwide sport again from the 27th May –– and in the aftermath of the Super League scandal, it’s the perfect time to think about the way football truly does impact our identities and communities. 




People’s History Museum
Re-opens 19th May 2021
 
A museum dedicated to the history of democracy, the PHM makes this complex topic accessible and exciting for all audiences through their rich, creative programme of exhibitions, workshops and events. Their 2020-2021 programme is themed around “migration”, while the Museum’s collections include political posters, banners, union ephemera, photographs and personal items from notable activists and reformers. Re-opening on 19th May, the Museum will feature a new café by Open Kitchen MCR serving sustainable, seasonal and ethical food for visitors. 




Science and Industry Museum
Re-opening not yet announced
 
Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum celebrates the innovation, technology and creativity of the city’s industrial heritage, and how we can adapt this for future generations. The Museum will open its four galleries in the New Warehouse, as well as the Air and Space Hall and the Textiles and Revolution galleries. A £5 million restoration project is still taking place for the new Special Exhibitions Gallery which will bring more ideas to life, for a future green revolution. But that’s not all – the Museum has also been awarded some impressive funding by the government’s Decarbonisation Scheme to improve sustainability, reduce CO2 emissions, and reach a net zero target by 2033. 

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