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Ask a Mancunian to name the UK’s second city and they won’t miss a beat – London, obviously. When it comes to museums, the capital of the north boasts a peerless mix of family-friendly headline attractions like Manchester Museum and the Science and Industry Museum and some of the nation’s most important special-interest museums and heritage centres. Social justice, women’s rights, football, public transport: all interests are pretty much seen to.
Where to start with museums in Manchester? With our help, of course. Where else has a universally acclaimed war museum with more than a dozen architectural awards and consumer gongs? Where else can you find out everything you ever wanted to know about hat-making but were too afraid to ask? In Manchester, judicious reader, for this is where the heart, the mind and the best museums are.
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