Manchester, England is well known for its popular football team, exciting live music scene, world-class English nightlife and its important role in the industrial revolution, but many people do not realize that Manchester is also home to some of the United Kingdom’s best museums. Filled with history and boasting stunning architecture, Manchester’s museums can compete with those of London without a doubt. Often interactive and inexpensive (if not free) they perfect for the whole family and are worth checking out on your next visit. Take a look at some of the best museums in Manchester.
The John Rylands Library
This stunning Victorian Gothic building is now home to Manchester’s most visited library. Its special collection includes medieval manuscripts that are among the earliest examples of European printing, and it is the largest collection in the United Kingdom. The library and museum are so renowned that the Prince of Wales is known to make the occasional visit.
The Museum of Science and Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry is one of the area’s most visited museums, as entrance is free and there is plenty to see. The museum is made up of various galleries and collections that spread throughout five historic buildings. The exhibits explore six different themes: industry and innovation, science and technology, energy, transport, people and communications. Perfect for kids and adults alike, this Manchester museum is a must when visiting the city.
The Manchester Museum
Home to ancient Egyptian artefacts, dinosaur fossils and even live animals, The Manchester Museum is the perfect place to visit with the whole family. From hands on activities to a lively cafeteria serving coffee and wine, this museum offers the latest in science, culture and the arts. Check out their money collection, numbering 76,000 items, and where you can see some of the best preserved Greek and Roman coins in the world.
Museum of Transport
After booking your Manchester flights, you may be inspired to visit the Museum of Transport and learn about the history of not only aviation, but also ground transport. Here you can take a look at Britain’s restored buses, coaches and trams. See how people have gotten around throughout history at this fascinating museum, which offers a one-hour guided tour free to museum visitors.
Next time you consider a trip to Manchester, think beyond the famous football and eclectic live music concerts, and make sure to save time for a museum or two. The city’s museums are interesting and interactive, full of history and architecture, and should not be missed.
About the Author: As a tour guide and freelance writer, Lauren Aloise loves travelling around the world.