Sandwiched between Manchester Fort and the vibrant city centre, Manchester Jewish Museum is a hidden treasure. The Museum is located in a former Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue on Cheetham Hill Road. Completed in 1874, it is the oldest surviving synagogue building in Manchester. The building is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture. As you walk around the Museum you will notice some of the stunning features that the old synagogue has to offer such as the exquisite stained glass windows and the distinctive cast iron fitments. Since the building became redundant as a result of the movement of the Jewish population away from the area, it has been completely restored, returned to its former glory and listed Grade II*.
With a compelling history to tell, the building needed a new purpose and in 1984 it re-opened as a Museum. The Museum chronicles the lives of Jewish people in Manchester and their contribution to making the city what it is today. It has a warm and friendly atmosphere with knowledgeable and approachable staff and volunteers who offer every visitor to the Museum a guided tour.
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