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Visiting us

We still have some restrictions in areas of the museum so we are encouraging people to pre-book online prior to their visit of they can to help us to manage numbers.

Booking is essential during school holidays to avoid disappointment.

Please note: Our café will be closed all day on Wednesday 14th December for a private function. 

Opening hours
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  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday: 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Thursday: 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Friday: 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Saturday: 11.30am – 4.00pm
  • Sunday: 11.30am – 4.00pm
Festive opening hours

Salford Museum & Art Gallery will close at 4pm on Friday 23rd December, re-opening at 9.30am on Tuesday 3rd January 2023. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2023!

Unless otherwise stated, the whole building is closed on bank holidays.

The museum café is open weekdays from 9.30am – 4.00pm and weekends from 11.30am – 4.00pm, excluding bank holidays.

We offer FREE admission and welcome all children accompanied by a responsible adult. Find out more to help plan your visit including directions and facilities available. You can also take a look at our FAQs.


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Salford Museum and Art Gallery was the UK’s ‘first free public library’, which opened in January 1850, followed in November by a museum and art gallery. The building was a mansion house known as Lark Hill, which had been built in the 1790s and has given its name to our famous Lark Hill Place; a Victorian street within the museum.

Today, Salford Museum and Art Gallery presents an exciting programme of permanent displays and changing contemporary exhibitions together with a range of events and activities guaranteed to inspire which completes a must visit experience for individuals, families, schools and organisations to come and enjoy. When you have visited the galleries why not pop into our café or purchase a souvenir in the museum shop.

Our learning and communities programme allows everyone to get involved with the museum – perhaps taking part in a Victorian washday, learning new crafts or reminiscing with our memory boxes.

See our Accessibility page for 360 Tour videos of our museum spaces.