20 Best Museums and Art Galleries In Manchester Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Museums and Art Galleries In Manchester

We've rounded up the best museums and art galleries in Manchester in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 115 Manchester museums and art galleries to pick from.Alternatively, why not explore some other sightseeing days out nearby, including tourist attractions. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the museums and art galleries we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

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Father and son at Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Manchester Art Gallery was a finalist in the 2010 Guardian Family Friendly Museum of the Year award. That's because they have lots on offer for famil...

Outside view of The Peoples History Museum in Manchester

The Peoples History Museum

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Bless your little one’s cotton socks and bring your family to The People’s History Museum.  Come and learn about the importance of Manchester’s cotto...

Girl looks through kaleidoscope at Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Science and Industry Museum3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

A delectable mix of science, industry and history makes the Science and Industry Museum an exciting and educational day out for kids and adults alike...

Dog mascot at National Football Museum in Manchester

National Football Museum

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The National Football Museum is a great place for the active family to have some fun and learn more about your favourite sport! Throughout the museum...

Cells at Greater Manchester Police Museum

Greater Manchester Police Museum

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At the Greater Manchester Police Museum, discover the stories of cops and robbers while learning loads about local history in one of the city’s earli...

Outside view of The Manchester Museum

The Manchester Museum

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Manchester Museum was the winner of the Lever Prize 2015! Wander round The Manchester Museum's amazing galleries full of treasures from the natur...

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

  • Salford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Ready to discover a true local gem? Take the kids to Salford Museum and Art Gallery and journey back in time with a fascinating collection of permane...

Outside view of Elizabeth Gaskells House in Manchester

Elizabeth Gaskells House

  • Manchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Elizabeth Gaskell's House is still a place for all the family even 150 years later! You'll stand on the same doorstep as many of her famous friends,...

Vintage buses at Museum of Transport in Cheetam Hill

Museum of Transport

  • Cheetam Hill
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Take a trip back in time with one of Britain's biggest collections of restored buses, coaches and trams at the Museum of Transport. From a Victorian...

Kids at The Lowry in Greater Manchester

The Lowry

  • Salford Quays
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Lowry is full of colourful things to see and do. Kids love The Lowry's bright orange staircases, sloping blue floors and purple and glass walls b...

Outside view of IWM North (1) in Manchester

IWM North (1)

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries
Outside view of Imperial War Museum North in Manchester

Imperial War Museum North

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Imperial War Museum North, or IWM North, provides an exciting free day out for all the family and brings to life stories of how war has shaped lives...

Tour guide at Air Raid Shelters in Stockport

Air Raid Shelters

  • Stockport
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Caves and Mines

Air Raid Shelters Stockport, gives you and the kids the opportunity to come and experience life as it was during a 'black out' in wartime Britain, su...

Exhibition room at Hat Works in Stockport

Hat Works Museum of Hatting

  • Stockport
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Come try on hats from all eras of history, see which suits you best. You never know, might find a stylish hat and learn something new. Join your tour...

Kids playing on computers at Portland Basin Museum in Ashton-under-Lyne

Portland Basin Museum4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Ashton-under-Lyne
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Portland Basin Museum is housed within the restored nineteenth century Ashton Canal Warehouse in Ashton-under-Lyne. The museum combines a lively mode...

Gallery at The Fusilier Museum in Bury

The Fusilier Museum

  • Bury
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Fusilier Museum is home to the collection of the XX Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, commemorating over 300 years of his...

Emirates airplane at The Runway Visitor Park in Altrincham

The Runway Visitor Park

  • Altrincham
  • Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Runway Visitor Park is a fantastic trip for kids fascinated by flight, with raised viewing mounds offering a clear 180 degree view over the airfi...

Gardens at Dunham Massey in Altrincham

Dunham Massey

  • Altrincham
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Dunham Massey During the First World War this magnificent Georgian house set in a peaceful deer park was dramatically transformed into a military hos...

Touchstones Museum and Gallery

Touchstones Museum and Gallery

  • Rochdale
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Kids are not allowed to touch anything in museums - boring, right? Touchstones Museum in Rochdale, however, is different. Created to make history eng...

Kids at World Book Day at Bolton Museum Aquarium and Archive

Bolton Museum Aquarium and Archive

  • Bolton
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At Bolton Central Library and Museum we have a wide range of activities and resources to entertain the whole family. You can visit the cool on site a...

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