Astley Green Colliery Museum

Higher Green Lane, Astley, Tyldesley
Manchester M29 7JB

On the edge of Chat Moss, in an area once full of collieries, lies the picturesque village of Astley Green. In the heart of the village stands Astley Green Colliery Museum. The museum houses Lancashire's only surviving headgear and engine house, both of which now have listed building status. The museum houses many exhibits, not least of which is the collection of 28 colliery locomotives, the largest collection of its type in the United Kingdom.

Elizabeth Gaskell's House

84 Plymouth Grove
Manchester M13 9LW

The House, a Grade II* listed property, was built between 1835-1841 and is a rare example of the elegant Regency-style villas once popular in Manchester. Elizabeth Gaskell was one of the 19th century's most important writers, and she lived here from 1850-65.

Gallery of Costume

Manchester, Platt Hall, Wilmslow Road, Rusholme
Manchester M14 5LL

The Gallery of Costume houses one of the finest collections of clothing and fashion accessories in the country. Two floors of themed displays give a fascinating insight into fashion over the centuries. Collections: The collection consists of more than 21,000 items from the 17th century to the present day, including rare examples of the everyday dress of working people.

Greater Manchester Police Museum & Archives

57a Newton Street
Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 1ET

Explore Manchester's hidden past - a labyrinth of alleyways and slums, interrupted only by the huge mills casting shadows below. An eerie underworld, lit by gas lamps where police officers were kept busy apprehending unsavoury characters of all ages. The Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives enables you to experience what life was really like for these officers in a busy Victorian police station. Collections: The collection dates from c.late 19th century onwards and ranges from vehicles, costume and memorbilia to restored cells, a charge office (1879) and magistrates court (1895 from Denton).

IWM North (Imperial War Museum)

The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road
Manchester M17 1TZ

This multi-award winning IWM North is a great free day out for all ages. Designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind to represent a globe shattered by conflict, it reveals how war shapes lives through powerful exhibitions, the Big Picture (a 360 degree light and sound show), tours, object handling sessions, and family activities all available daily. Collections: The museum charts world events from 1900 to the present day, examining war and its effect on people and places; from photographs to film, artefacts, weapons and souvenirs the entire experience of war is explored.

Lancashire County Cricket Club Museum

Lancashire County Cricket Club, Old Trafford
Manchester M16 0PX

The rich history of Lancashire Cricket is exhibited in the club museum at Old Trafford. Manchester Cricket Club was formed at the beginning of the 1800s and moved to the present Old Trafford in 1857. Collections: On show are some of the finest trophies in the cricket world presented by players from the 1820s, some silver tankards from 1738, paintings, scores, rules of the game and some memorabillia from the early development of cricket, including some of the earliest cricket statistics in existence. Lancashire County Cricket Club was formed in 1864 and amongst the displays are early team photographs, silver trophies, scrapbooks, caps, and cncket balls belonging to famous players who performed memorable feats for their county.

Manchester City FC Museum & Stadium Tour

Etihad Stadium, Etihad Campus
Manchester M11 3FF

Museum displays are themed around events or significant stories such as the Supporters, the FA Cup, Grounds, Kits, Players, League Championship etc. Key items on display include trophies & medals from the Club's earliest years to present day; shirts from 1934 to the modern era etc.

Manchester Jewish Museum

190 Cheetham Hill Road
Manchester M8 8LW

Manchester Jewish Museum tells the story of the Jewish community in Manchester over the last 200 years. Through photographs, objects, documents and room settings, visitors gain an insight into the lives of the individuals who came to the city in different waves of Jewish immigration.

Manchester Masonic Museum

Freemasons' Hall 36 Bridge Street
Manchester M3 3BT

The Manchester Masonic Museum is a non-profit organisation 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 to the mid 1700s.

Manchester Museum

The University of Manchester, Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL

Encounter Manchester Museum's assortment of treasures from the natural world and the many cultures it is home to. Visitor favourites include dinosaurs, mummies and live amphibians and reptiles.

Manchester Postal Museum

Manchester Southern Cemetery, Remembrance Lodge, 212 Barlow Moor Rd,
Manchester M21 7GL

A large private collection of postal memorabilia/history, currently setting up a permanent display in Stockport

Manchester United Museum & Tour Centre

Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford
Manchester M16 0RA

Only at the Old Trafford Museum & Tour Centre, Manchester tourism award's large visitor attraction of the year, can you see the stadium through the eyes of Manchester United greats themselves. Or get even closer to the world of Manchester United and share 130 years of football.

Museum of Science & Industry

Liverpool Road, Castlefield
Manchester M3 4FP

Uncover Manchester's industrial past and learn about the fascinating stories of the people who contributed to the history and science of a city that helped shape the modern world. Located on the site of the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station and only minutes from Manchester's City Centre, the museum's action-packed galleries, working exhibits and costumed characters tell the amazing story of revolutionary discoveries and remarkable inventions both past and present - a memorable day out for everyone.

Museum of Transport

Boyle Street, Cheetham
Manchester M8 8UW

Find out about Greater Manchester's transport history with the museum of Transport in Manchester. Opened in 1979, the museum has a large and varied collection of exhibits, charting the development of public transport in the county, ranging from a Victorian horse-drawn bus to a full size prototype for Greater Manchester's Metrolink. Collections: Includes buses, trams, trolleybuses, coaches and other vehicles which formerly provided public transport services in Greater Manchester. Also includes historical records relating to public transport in the county, such as company records, photographs and films and a large collection of objects ranging from street furniture to ticketing equipment.

National Football Museum

Cathedral Gardens
Manchester M4 3BG

The National Football Museum in Manchester is the world's biggest and best football museum. An essential part of any visit to the city, the national celebration of the national game offers free entry, and is open 7 days a week.

People's History Museum

Left Bank, Spinningfields
Manchester M3 3ER

There have always been ideas worth fighting for. Join a march through time at the People's History Museum following Britain's struggle for democracy over two centuries. Collections: The collections of the People's History Museum contain items relating to the working people of Britain, and cover ceramics, prints, posters, banners, ephemera and photographs. The museum (registered as the National Museum of Labour History) is the national centre for the collection, conservation, interpretation and study of material relating to the history of working people in Britain.

Wallace Collection

Hertford House, Manchester Square
London W1U 3BN

The Wallace Collection is a national museum which displays the wonderful works of art collected in the 18th and 19th centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. It was bequeathed to the British nation by Sir Richard's widow, Lady Wallace, in 1897. Displayed at Hertford House, the main London townhouse of its former owners, the Wallace Collection presents its outstanding collections in a sumptuous but approachable manner which is an essential part of its charm. It is probably best known for its paintings by artists such as Titian, Rembrandt, Hals (The Laughing Cavalier) and Vel??zquez and for its superb collections of 18th-century French paintings, porcelain, furniture and gold boxes, probably the best to be found anywhere outside France. But there are also splendid medieval and Renaissance objects, including Limoges enamels, maiolica, glass and bronzes, as well as the finest array of princely arms and armour in Britain, featuring both European and Oriental objects.

Weavers' Triangle Visitor Centre

85 Manchester Road
Burnley BB11 1JZ

Discover what it was like to live in a 19th century Lancashire mill town. From the Visitor Centre, walk through the Weavers' Triangle - a unique Victorian industrial landscape.