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Museums in Greater Manchester

Manchester lies within the United Kingdom’s second-largest urban area. The recorded history of Manchester began with the establishment of the Roman Fort of Mancunium about AD 79.

Throughout the Middle Ages, Manchester remained a manorial township but began to rapidly expand around the turn of the 19th century with the boom in textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution.

Manchester soon becomes the world’s first industrialized city, achieving city status in 1853. The Manchester Ship Canal opened in 1894, creating the Port of Manchester and linking the city to the sea, to the west.

Its railway station was the world’s first inter-city passenger railway station, and in Manchester, scientists first split the atom and developed the stored-program computer.

Greater Manchester Museums

Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in North West England, the third-largest in England after Greater London and the West Midlands.

It comprises ten metropolitan boroughs: Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford.

Greater Manchester consists of a mix of high-density urban areas, suburbs, semi-rural, and rural locations, but land use is mostly urban.

Greater Manchester is the product of concentric urbanization and industrialization which occurred mostly during the 19th century when the region flourished as the global center of the cotton industry.

Since deindustrialization in the mid-20th century, Greater Manchester has emerged as an exporter of media and digital content, guitar and dance music, and association football.

Today, Manchester is the third-most visited city in the UK, after London and Edinburgh. It is notable for its architecture, culture, and museums.

Museums in Greater Manchester

  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • Gallery Oldham
  • Manchester Museum
  • Science and Industry Museum
  • People’s History Museum
  • National Football Museum
  • Imperial War Museum North
  • Science and Industry Museum Air and Space Hall
  • Greater Manchester Police Museum & Archives
  • Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester
  • Manchester Jewish Museum
  • Whitworth Art Gallery
  • The Pankhurst Centre
  • The John Rylands Library
  • Salford Museum and Art Gallery
  • Castlefield Gallery
  • Urbis Building
  • Clayton Hall
  • Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
  • The Fusilier Museum
  • Chetham’s Library
  • Gallery Oldham
  • Stockport Air Raid Shelters
  • Ordsall Hall
  • Bury Art Museum
  • Bury Transport Museum
  • Stockport Museum
  • Heaton Park Tramway
  • Bramall Hall
  • Richard Goodall Gallery
  • Staircase House
  • Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery

Manchester Museums

  • City:                       Manchester
  • Country:                England
  • Founded:              1st century
  • Town charter:        1301
  • City status:            1853
  • Population:           2.8m Metro

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Photo Credit: By Steve O’Brien from Wales (Manchester The Town Hall) [CC BY 2.0 ( or CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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