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Manchester United Museum And Tour
Theatre of Dreams
Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, Lancashire M16 ORA Tel: (0161) 877 4002
Opened in April 1998 by Pele, the museum charts the club's history from 1878.
Opening times: 9.30-17.00; closes 2½ hours before kickoff on match days. Closed Dec 25.
Admission: tour and museum £7.50; child/OAP £5; family £20; museum only £4.50; child/OAP £3; family £12.

Museum Of Science And Industry In Manchester
Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP
Tel: (0161) 832 1830
Located in the world's oldest passenger railway station, packed with fun-filled galleries.
Opening times: daily 10.00-17.00. Closed 24-26 Dec.
Admission: Free

Faulkner St, Manchester city centre.
Tel: +44 (0)161 234 3157
One of the most vibrant and colourful areas of the city. Two pavilions provide a place for visitors to admire the artistically decorated Chinese Archway or take in the ornamental garden with its jasmine, maples and junipers.
Opening times: all year round
Admission: free

Gallery of English Costume
Platt Hall, Platt Fields, Rusholme, Manchester.
Tel: +44 (0)161 224 5217
One of the finest costume collections in the country outside London. Displays include clothes from 17th century embroidered garments to present day fashion.
Opening times: Mar to Oct Tue to Sat 10am-5.30pm, Nov to Feb Tue to Sat 10am-4pm
Admission: free

Greater Manchester Police Museum
Newton St, Manchester.
Tel: +44 (0)161 856 3287
Set in a Victorian police station, the museum features station cells, a reconstructed charge office of the 1920s and collections including uniforms and forgery exhibits.
Opening times: Tue 10.30am-3.30pm and other days by appointment
Admission: free

Imperial War Museum
Trafford Wharf Road, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1TZ
Tel: +44 (0)870 220 3435
The Museum, situated on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Trafford, offers people of all ages thought-provoking displays and direct access to the Museum's collections to gain a greater understanding of the enormous impact of war on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Opening times: Mon - Sun 10am - 6pm
Admission: free

The Lowry
Pier 8, Salford Quays, M2 2BH
Tel: +44 (0)161 876 2000
The Lowry is unlike anything you will have seen before, one look at the building and it is easy to see that this is something else. But that's only the half of it. It's the idea behind the Lowry that sets it apart. There are art galleries of course, but there is also theatre, opera and ballet. Also theres cabaret, comedy and jazz. There are shops and restaurants. And there is Artworks, which really is a world apart. No matter how many times you go, twice a day, twice a year, there will always be something different. The Lowry is there to be discovered, explored and enjoyed. It is there for everyone and much of it is free. The Lowry has transformed Salford Quays. Come and see for yourself. It's easy to access and worth a look. The building captures that unusual combination of functionality and beauty, as water and light shimmer across stainless steel and glass. But it is inside The Lowry that the drama unfolds with not one, but two theaters. Back to Back, each with its own unique atmosphere. Stroll around the Promenade and Galleries. Add this to the fun of Artworks where you can interact with the exhibits on a creative journey. Opening times: 9:30am-Midnight

Admission: Free/Other Prices may vary

Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley St, Princess St, Manchester.
Tel: +44 (0)161 235 8888
The Manchester Art Gallery re-opens this weekend after a £35 million renovation. The gallery space has doubled and now displays a permanent collection which includes Henry Moore's Mother and Child and works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Gainsborough, Turner, Francis Bacon Pisssaro and Lucien Freud. A gallery for special exhibitions is a new addition and it opens with Inhale / Exhale by Michael Craig-Martin in which huge representations of everyday objects are painted on the wall as if thrown from a canvas opposite.

Opening times: 10am-5pm

Admission: free

Manchester Cathedral
Victoria St, Manchester city centre.
Tel: +44 (0)161 833 2220
The present building dates from 1421 but the site has been consecrated since the 19th century.
Opening times: daily 8am-5.30pm
Admission: free

Manchester Craft Centre
17 Oak St, Smithfield.
Tel: +44 (0)161 832 4274
Permanent base for artists and crafts people making and selling contemporary goods.
Opening times: Mon to Sat 10am-5.30pm
Admission: free

Manchester Jewish Museum
190 Cheetham Hill Rd, Manchester.
Tel: +44 (0)161 834 9879
Unique museum housed in the former Spanish and Portuguese synagogue. Interesting and well presented displays depict the social and economic life of Manchester's Jewry from the late 18th century to the present day.
Opening times: Mon to Thur 10.30am-4pm, Sun 10.30am-4pm (closed Jewish holidays).

Manchester Museum
University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 2634
Collections of botany, geology, entomology and zoology. Mammal gallery including interactive displays. Ancient Egytian galleries, gallery of explorers and encounters and a mediterranean gallery.
Opening times: Mon to Sat 10am-5pm.
Admission: free

Manchester Town Hall
Albert Sq, city centre.
Tel: +44 (0)161 234 3157 or 5000
Designed by Alfred Waterhouse in the Gothic style, the town hall took nine years to build. Guided tours of the historic stawebmasteroms and council chambers are available.
Opening times: times vary - please contact.
Admission: free

Pankhurst Centre
60/62 Nelson St, Chorlton
Tel: +44 (0)161 273 5673
Once the home of Emmeline Pankhurst and now a museum showing the formation of the Women's Social and Political Union in 1903.
Opening times: Mon to Fri 10am-3pm.
Admission: free

Pumphouse People's History Museum
Left Bank, Bridge St, Manchester.
Tel: +44 (0)161 839 6061
Celebrate the lives of ordinary people at work, home and leisure, the fight to improve conditions, the struggle to simply survive. Discover how people lived, from cotton workers in Victorian Manchester to today's professional footballer's.
Opening times: Tue to Sun 11am-4.30pm.

Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG
Tel: +44 (0)161 907 9099
Welcome to Urbis - a new kind of museum exploring life in different cities of the world. Urbis is a new, shimmering, glass building rising high above Manchester. Inside, state-of-the-art interactive displays and exhibits lead you through an inspirational journey exploring life in different cities of the world, focusing especially on Manchester, Los Angeles, Sao Paolo, Singapore, Paris and Tokyo. Your visit to Urbis begins with a one-minute sky glide in The Glass Elevator. With the city as backdrop, you then explore, at your own pace, four cascading themed floors of fascinating, intriguing and entertaining exhibits: Arrive, Change, Order and Explore.
Opening times: 10am-6pm

Admission: Adults £5, Concessions: £3.50, Children £3.50, Children under 8: Free, Family Passes Available

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