The best museums in Manchester in 2022

These are the top 20 best museums in Manchester, England, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2022. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

For a complete overview of museums in Manchester, their exhibitions and discount cards & passes, see our overview page with all museums in Manchester.

These are the best museums in Manchester:

  1. Museum of Science and Industry1

    Museum of Science and Industry

    Manchester
    Museum of Science and Industry is a museum in Manchester. The museum features exhibits related to: industry, social history, costume and textiles, photography, archives, science and technology, aviation, land transport, trade and commerce, decorative and applied art and personalities. Key themes, pe
  2. The Manchester City F.C Museum and Stadium Tour2

    The Manchester City F.C Museum and Stadium Tour

    Manchester
    The Manchester City F.C Museum and Stadium Tour is a museum in Manchester. The museum features exhibits related to: personalities, sport and social history. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: history of manchester city football club.
  3. National Football Museum3

    National Football Museum

    Manchester
    National Football Museum is a museum in Manchester. The museum features exhibits related to: world cultures, design, social history and architecture.
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  5. Manchester Museum4

    Manchester Museum

    Manchester
    Encounter Manchester Museum’s assortment of treasures from the natural world and the many cultures it is home to. It includes dinosaurs, mummies and live amphibians and reptiles. Manchester Museum features exhibits related to: archives, religion, costume and textiles, coins and medals, decorative an
  6. Manchester Art Gallery5

    Manchester Art Gallery

    Manchester
    Manchester Art Gallery is a museum in Manchester. The museum features exhibits related to Fine Art, Archaeology and Decorative and Applied Art. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include Designated Collection.
  7. People's History Museum6

    People's History Museum

    Manchester
    People's History Museum is a museum in Manchester. The museum features exhibits related to: design, photography, costume and textiles, industry, performing arts, fine art, archives, coins and medals, personalities, trade and commerce, social history, music and decorative and applied art.
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  9. Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives7

    Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives

    Manchester
    Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives is a museum in Northern Quarter, Manchester. The museum features exhibits related to: costume and textiles, social history, weapons and war, personalities, photography, coins and medals, land transport and archives.
  10. Whitworth Art Gallery8

    Whitworth Art Gallery

    Manchester
    Whitworth Art Gallery features an internationally important collection of 55,000 artworks.
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    SEA LIFE Manchester

    Manchester
  12. Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester10

    Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester

    Cheetham Hill
    Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester is a museum in Manchester. The museum features exhibits related to: archives, social history and land transport. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: victorian horse bus, greater manchester, lancashire united, public transport, ticket machine
  13. Victoria Baths11

    Victoria Baths

    Manchester
    Victoria Baths is a museum in Manchester. The museum features exhibits related to Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Archives, Sport, Social History, Film and Media, Music and Performing Arts.
  14. Manchester Jewish Museum12

    Manchester Jewish Museum

    Manchester
    Manchester Jewish Museum is a museum in Manchester. The museum features exhibits related to Trade and Commerce, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Social History, Archives, Architecture, World Cultures, Religion, Personalities and Fine Art.
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  16. Elizabeth Gaskell's House13

    Elizabeth Gaskell's House

    Manchester
    Welcome to the restored historic home of Elizabeth Gaskell, the famous Victorian author of North and South, Cranford and Mary Barton. We invite you to explore the historic period rooms, Victorian-style garden, Tea Room and shop, where you’ll learn about the lives of the Gaskell Family, the restorati
  17. Gallery of Costume14

    Gallery of Costume

    Manchester
    Gallery of Costume is a museum in Manchester. The museum features exhibits related to: costume and textiles and social history. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: current displays include quant to westwood: fashion since the sixties; living colour: textiles and embroideries from
  18. The Pankhurst Centre15

    The Pankhurst Centre

    Manchester
    The Pankhurst Centre is a museum in Manchester. The museum features exhibits related to Personalities. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include Women's suffrage & suffragettes and Emmeline Pankhurst.
  19. Heaton Hall16

    Heaton Hall

    Manchester
    Heaton Hall is a museum in Manchester. The museum features exhibits related to Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art and Fine Art. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include Designated Collection.
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    Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

    Manchester
    Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art is a museum in Manchester. The museum features exhibits related to: architecture, design, decorative and applied art, film and media, performing arts, photography and fine art. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: xu bing; liu xiao xian; dinu li;
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    MMU Special Collections

    Manchester
    Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections is a museum, gallery and reading room and is open to the public to browse or research the collections, attend an event or to see our exhibitions. The Special Collections Gallery features 3 exhibitions a year, showcasing collections and artwork b
  22. 19

    Holden Gallery

    Manchester
    With a distinguished history dating back over 100 years, the Faculty of Art and Design’s Holden Gallery at Manchester Metropolitan University, offers an ongoing programme of exhibitions that are open free to the public. The Gallery is also home to the yearly BA and MA Degree Shows and is a major exh
  23. 20

    East Lancashire Museum of Freemasonry

    Manchester
    The Manchester Masonic Museum is dedicated to promoting the values of, and stimulating debate about the heritage of Freemasonry in the North West of England. The collection has been held at Freemasons’ Hall in Manchester since the building opened in 1929 and holds many varied artefacts dating back t

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