Exhibitions

Salford Museum and Art Gallery presents an exciting programme of permanent displays and changing exhibitions.

From contemporary art to local history interest, textiles to photography, community exhibitions and local artists, there is something for everyone!

Our permanent exhibitions include our spectacular Victorian Gallery, beautiful Pilkington's Gallery and our selling gallery, By Hand: the shop.


Children in costume, 1950sSalford and Cheetham Hill in Focus: 
Iconic Photographs from the 1950s and 60s by Retracing Salford

Saturday 18 June to Sunday 30 October 2016

Explore new and unseen images from a large photographic archive from the 1950s and 60s from Salford and Cheetham Hill. It includes studio portraits, whit walks, shop fronts, textile workers, furniture and fashion, Salford schools, products, portraits of migrant ancestors from a range of nations, and much more.

The team from Retracing Salford will be in the gallery collecting your memories of some of the photographs. The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

To find out more about the photographs on display, see more images or to leave your memories of the pictures, please visit the Salford and Cheetham Hill in Focus website.

Meet the Retracing Salford project team

23 July, 30 July, 6 August, 13 August, 20 August, 27 August, 22 October, 1-4pm

Share your memories of the photographs and join our Creative Art Workshops. Suitable for 7 + and families.

Swinton Photographic Society

Saturday 30th April to Sunday 10th July 2016

Members of the Swinton and District Amateur Photographic Society present works from their annual exhibition. Showing a range of subject matter, the photographs include natural history, pictorial, human life, record, still life studies and portraiture in both colour and monochrome.

A special addition this year will be members images of their favourite places along the theme of 'Watery locations in Salford'.

Visit the Swinton Photographic Society website.

My Life Through My Lens: Graham Nash

Graham NashSaturday 23rd April to Sunday 3rd July 2016

Graham Nash is an internationally renowned photographer and digital imaging pioneer whose revealing work captures brilliant, unexpected surrealism of everyday life. The images beautifully illustrate Nash's celebrated talent as a compelling storyteller. Included in the exhibition are artfully crafted photographs of friends such as David Crosby, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Garcia and Johnny Cash.

Nash, of British pop group The Hollies and folk super group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young fame, was brought up in Salford. He recently received an honorary doctorate from Salford University and an OBE from the Queen.

View the press release.

Gifts, Grants and Games: Celebrating 60 years of the Friends of Salford Museum

Tailless donkeySaturday 2nd April to Sunday 13th November 2016

The Friends of Salford Museum Association are celebrating their 60th birthday by sharing some of the fascinating objects they have helped the museum secure for the museum collections in this exhibition.

From pencil sketches to oil paintings, sculptures to games, many of the items have not been on public display for a number of years. In addition, the Friends support a large number of projects and funding grants for both Salford Museum & Art Gallery and Ordsall Hall. Visit to see this eclectic mix of objects, find out about the Friends and play on our giant board game!

View the press release.