Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions
Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre
Moss Street, Bury (alight at the bus station)
Buses 163, 468, 471, 472, 474 and 524 will take you there
Showcasing some of the best international and local art, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre is the ideal attraction for those looking for a warm, welcoming venue to enjoy art and discover more about Bury’s rich history. Exhibitions feature some of the most prominent pieces in contemporary art and sculpture alongside historic works and popular international festivals. Have a look around then maybe visit the tea room for a cup of tea and a snack.
Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre
Radcliffe Road, Bolton
Bus 471 will take you there
The home of Fred Dibnah, Bolton's very own world famous steeplejack is now open as a heritage centre. Visitors have the chance to explore the house and grounds but prior booking is essential - please phone before visiting. Maximum party size is up to 53 people.
Greaves Street, Oldham
Buses 58, 59, 83, 184, 350 and 425 will take you there
Gallery Oldham provides a wide range of exhibitions and activities targeted at different audiences of all ages within Oldham and the surrounding area. Current and forthcoming exhibitions feature artworks and items from Oldham’s diverse collections alongside newly commissioned art, international work, touring exhibitions and work produced with local communities.
Littleborough Coach House & Heritage Centre
Lodge Street, Littleborough
Buses 454 and 457 will take you there
The heritage centre is a Community Hub in the heart of Littleborough, nestling in the Pennine hills above Rochdale. Whilst you are here you can look at the art gallery and craft displays, enjoy the Greek-style Taverna offering a range of snacks, light meals and substantial repasts, A venue for celebrations of all kinds and a focal point for local groups and voluntary organisations, many of whom meet regularly at the Coach House and welcome new members and casual visitors alike.
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street, Manchester
Buses 3, 36 and 37 will take you there
Manchester Art Gallery dates to 1835. Originally established to showcase the best art and ideas from across the world, today the gallery’s 45,000-strong collection spans six centuries of fine art, design, craft, photography and fashion. It is particularly rich in 19th-century art, including an outstanding collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Yet while Manchester Art Gallery is renowned for its historic collection, it also has a reputation for staging new work by some of the most compelling artists working today, among them Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller, Joana Vasconcelos, Matthew Darbyshire and Raqib Shaw. Alongside its exhibitions run events that range from feminist ‘takeovers’ to wellbeing sessions, political debate and creative workshops, via award-winning family, community and schools programmes.
Oxford Road, Manchester
Buses V1 and V2 will take you there
The original museum building was opened to the public in 1890 and was designed by architect Alfred Waterhouse, who also designed Manchester's town hall and the Natural History Museum in London. Today it houses a collection of over four million objects including dinosaur skeletons and mummies from Ancient Egypt.
The Museum is part of the University of Manchester and as well as being a public visitor attraction, is also an important place of study and research. It is free to visit and open seven days a week.
Museum of Science and Industry
Liverpool Road, Castlefield
Bus V1 & V2 will take you there (With a short walk)
Whatever your age, you’ll find a story to feed your curiosity at the Museum of Science and Industry. The museum sits in the heart of Manchester, the world’s first industrial city. It houses the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station and the world’s first railway warehouse from 1830. See our world-class collection of working textile and industrial machinery brought to life by our Explainers in daily demonstrations in our Textiles Gallery and Power Hall. Visit Experiment!, our interactive gallery especially created for children, and feed your curiosity with our programme of special events serving up creative science in a historic setting.
Rochdale Pioneers Museum
Toad Lane, Rochdale (alight at the bus station)
Buses 6, 58, 409, 454, 457 and 471 will take you there
This museum tells the story of the modern co-operative movement, where, on 21 December 1844 the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society opened their store selling pure food at fair prices and honest weights and measures. The business revolution that started here now involves a billion co-operators as members of 1.4 million co-operative societies across the world.
High Street, Uppermill
Buses 184 and 350 will take you there
Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery is a small community museum located in the heart of Saddleworth. Situated in one of the out buildings of a nineteenth century Victorian Mill (the only part of the mill to survive), it stands in an historic and beautiful location beside the Huddersfield Narrow Canal in the village of Uppermill. The museum has something to appeal to all ages, with activities and exhibitions which the whole family will enjoy. Look out for the new hands-on history interactives and exhibits or try one of the Museum Makes craft sessions during the holidays. We are an independent museum run as a registered charity, the art gallery is free but there is an admission charge for the museum.
Sea Life Centre
Barton Square, intu Trafford Centre
Buses 2, 68 will take you there
Dive into an amazing underwater world at the intu Trafford Centre. Get up close to thousands of creatures including majestic sharks, enchanting jellyfish, and a giant green sea turtle, Ernie. Take a fascinating journey from the coast to the ocean’s depths through themed zones and soak up the views from the Ocean Tunnel. With fun talks, animal feeds, special events and the Dive Adventure Trail, there’s plenty to enjoy at SEA LIFE Manchester.
Oxford Road, Manchester
Buses V1 and V2 will take you there
A £15 million development has transformed the Whitworth, allowing the gallery’s collection and space to double in size. Enjoy the historic to contemporary exhibitions, with events outdoors and in. This is ideal for all the family, take a picnic and explore the artwork.