Famous for a bustling arts and culture scene, Manchester has a number of well-known and unique attractions, libraries, and museums.
The Manchester Museum has 4 floors of displays and exhibitions in 15 galleries, featuring collections from all over the world. With free entry every day, the museum offers a fantastic opportunity for both locals and visitors alike. One of the most celebrated museums in Britain today, Imperial War Muesum North explores the human cost of war with a varied exhibition and event programme. As a city deeply connected with science and industry, MSI Manchester offers a unique view of the rich legacy of world-changing industrial innovations and scientific discoveries of the city. Located in Spinningfields, the People's History Museum Manchester is a truly unique attraction charting the history of the struggle for equality and democracy in the UK.
For literature lovers, Manchester has an enviable array of libraries, including the architectural Gothic masterpiece John Rylands Library. Commissioned in 1890, the library holds the oldest known piece of the New Testament, the ‘St John Fragment’, along with a number of other treasures. Following extensive refurbishment, the Manchester Central Library has reopened, combining historic features with cutting-edge design. Also in the city centre, Chetham’s library is a gorgeous 17th Century building, believed to be the oldest public library in England.
Other unique cultural attractions in Manchester include the Greater Manchester Police Museum & Archives, experiencing what was once a busy Victorian Police Station; Manchester Art Gallery, which houses one of the country's finest art collections; and even a Museum of Hatting at the Hat Works in Stockport! Visitors can enjoy a look into the history of football at the National Football Museum, enjoy a remarkable 19th century collection of approx 25,000 books at The Portico Library and Gallery, and discover more about the workers who strived for recognition before, during, and after the Industrial Revolution, at the Working Class Movement Library.