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Bury Art Gallery, Museum & Archives

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Museums

A grand Edwardian building, the Bury Art Gallery is worth a visit to see founder Thomas Wrigley's collection of 200 or so artworks, including paintings by...

Moss Street
Free

Hatworks

Museums

Proudly describing itself as 'the UK's only museum devoted solely to the hatting industry', Hatworks is a quaint experience, displaying machinery and...

Wellington Mill
Free

Heaton Park Tram Museum

Museums

Run by volunteers, this small but lovely museum is housed in an old tram shelter, from which restored vehicles run all year. The original system fell into...

Heaton Park
Free

Imperial War Museum North

Museums

Surely Manchester's most striking building of the past decade, the brain-boggling design of the museum is based on star architect Daniel Libeskind's concept...

The Quays
FreeMajor venue

Lowry

Critics' choice
Art, Comedy, Dance, Museums, Music, Theatre

A long way from the grimly functional mill buildings so often captured by its eponymous subject and raison d'être, the Lowry marked a tipping point for the...

Pier 8
Free

Manchester Art Gallery

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

The gallery is home to some stunning Pre-Raphaelite art; highlights from the three floors of its permanent collection include Rossetti's Astarte Syriaca,...

Mosley Street
Free

Manchester Museum

Museums

Once a rather dusty example of a museum in the old-school mould, this building (designed in 1890 by Alfred Waterhouse, the architect of London's Natural...

University of Manchester, Oxford Road
Free

Manchester Museum of Transport

Museums

Two halls house over a century's worth of lovingly restored public transport history; the collection is one of the largest of its kind. The timeline starts...

Boyle Street

MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)

Critics' choice
Museums

This family-friendly playground of vintage technology is set among the converted remains of the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station. Recently...

Liverpool Road
Free

People's History Museum

Critics' choice
Museums

Reopened in 2010 after a £12.5 million development, Manchester's only national museum is dedicated to telling a 200-year tale of British democracy. Dry and...

Left Bank
Free