An updated list of museums, galleries, cinemas, libraries and performance venues

With most venues - except performance - now reopened, we stopped updating this article on 5th October 

After months of closure, and the loss of vital income for many, most cultural venues were allowed to reopen from Saturday 4th July. Despite this green light, however, reopenings are a gradual process: adhering to COVID-19 measures (from sanitation to social distancing) poses new challenges, while reduced capacities necessitate a further blow to budgets already severely under strain. The City Council is now asking for £71.8 million to help Manchester's cultural life 'repair, restart and rethink.' 

Here are the Manchester venues that have confirmed when they are reopening with suitable measures in place so far; please note services may be reduced and remember that face masks are now required in indoor cultural venues. 

This list is subject to change and will be regularly updated. For other GM postcodes, we advise checking with your local attractions for (re)opening times and visiting information. 


HOME - phased from 4th September 

The Lowry - phased from 27th November 

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HOME's phased reopening started in September


The below galleries have a primarily non-retail focus; retail galleries were able to open from 15th June  

Ordsall Hall - 13th July

National Football Museum - 23rd July

Imperial War Museum North - 1st August 

Salford Museum & Art Gallery - 4th August 

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House - 12th August

Science & Industry Museum - 14th August 

Manchester Art Gallery - 20th August

People's History Museum - 1st September 

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Arts - 2nd September

International Anthony Burgess Foundation - 8th September

PAPER Gallery - 12th September

Castlefield Gallery - 16th September

Manchester Museum - 16th September

The Whitworth - 16th September

Museum of Transport Greater Manchester - 26th September

Holden Gallery - 2021 

The Whitworth 1 Oxford Rd Photo By Alan Williams Press
The Whitworth is now open once again Alan Williams Press


Manchester Libraries - phased from 4th July 

Portico Library - 1st September

Working Class Movement Library - 15th September 


ODEON Trafford Centre - 4th July

Cineworld Didsbury - 31st July

Vue Manchester Lowry - 7th August 

ODEON Great Northern - 21st August 

Everyman Manchester - 21st August 

Vue Manchester Printworks - 26th August 

Update: Cineworld has announced it will close all branches from 9th October until further notice, the same date ODEON will reduce hours at some of its venues. Boris Johnson has urged people to visit cinemas, which have been hit by dwindling audiences and a lack of blockbusters due to the pandemic. 

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It remains an uncertain time for performing arts, which nationally reached stage four (socially distanced indoor performances) of the reopening ‘roadmap’ outlined by culture secretary Oliver Dowden on 15th August; in Greater Manchester, this was even later due to local lockdown restrictions. You can see the reopening tale up to stage four in our Octagon article and follow the ongoing story in our performing arts reopenings.  

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