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Manchester's best theatres, art galleries and museums

Culture lovers new to Manchester are in for a treat as some of the best theatres, galleries and museums are to found right here
<b>Whitworth art gallery</b>, ©David Levene
Whitworth art gallery, ©David Levene

The best of Manchester culture including our best theatres, art galleries and museums in the city.


The best theatres in Manchester

Manchester theatres are an eclectic bunch so whether you're looking for cutting-edge plays – the likes of which you'll find at the quirky, fort-like Contact Theatre – or an opera within the plush confines of the Palace Theatre, you're sure to find a stage to suit in the city.

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The best art galleries in Manchester

Manchester is full of places to see art, with galleries and museums that rank among the best in the country. From contemporary art by emerging talent at Castlefield Gallery to Victorian masterpieces at Richard Goodall Gallery, you'll find something for all aesthetic sensibilities in town. 

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The best museums in Manchester

There's a museum in Manchester to suit all interests. Into the history of British democracy? The recently-revamped People's History Museum is where to head. Into football memorabilia? The National Football Museum claims to have the best collection in the world. And the Manchester Museum is for you if you're interested in, well, just about anything and everything.

Cornelia Parker's War RoomThe Whitworth
Photographer David Levene

Art exhibitions in Manchester

Manchester's brimming with great art. From the best art galleries to street art, you can find exciting exhibitions, shows and beautiful pieces across our city. See what's coming soon.


Theatre shows in Manchester

Whether you prefer A-list stars or local talent Manchester's best theatres are guaranteed to have something for you. Below, you'll find a selection of theatre shows and events that are coming up in Manchester.

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Home Manchester guide

The newest venue in town is bringing the arts home to the city centre like no other, merging two former cultural institutions, Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company, under one multi-million pound roof.

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