Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Salford Museum, © Nick Harrison

Salford Museum & Art GallerySalford 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 cafe 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.

Find out more to help plan your visit including directions, opening times and facilities available.

We offer free admission and welcome all children accompanied by a responsible adult.

Cafe closure

The museum cafe will be closing at 1.30pm on Friday 20 July for a private event. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Building works 

Planning on visiting the museum? See our visiting page regarding building works at Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

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