An updated list of museums, galleries, cinemas, libraries and performance venues
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 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.
- phased from 4th September
The Lowry - phased from 27th November
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
The below galleries have a primarily non-retail focus; retail galleries were able to open from 15th June
- 13th July
- 23rd July
- 1st August
- 4th August
- 12th August
Science & Industry Museum - 14th August
- 20th August
People's History Museum - 1st September
- 2nd September
International Anthony Burgess Foundation - 8th September
- 16th September
Manchester Museum - 16th September
- 26th September
Holden Gallery - 2021
- 4th July
- 31st July
Vue Manchester Lowry - 7th August
- 21st August
- 21st August
Vue Manchester Printworks - 26th August
- 1st September
Working Class Movement Library - 15th September
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 most of Greater Manchester, this was the even later date of 8th September due to local lockdown restrictions, which remain in place in Bolton. You can see the reopening story so far in our Octagon article.
Social distancing regulations unfortunately make reopening unfeasible for many venues, making that elusive stage five (full reopening) the one that really counts; some such as The Dancehouse and RNCM have already announced they won't be reopening to the public until 2021.
Several Manchester theatres, as well as comedy venue Frog and Bucket, have however announced plans to host autumn/winter events despite the devastating hit to profit margins this period entails (HOME has highlighted the impact of empty seats in a quirky campaign). Let's give them some support...
The King's Arms | Autumn
Now open for dining, this Chapel Street pub will return to live shows later this year. The venue is a location for Greater Manchester Fringe Festival.
Contact | September
Following its £6.75 million transformation, the Oxford Road institution is gradually building a programme of creative activities this year, ahead of shows in 2021.
Frog and Bucket | September
Raring to go after six months of closure, this Oldham Street comedy fave is open once again.
Z-Arts | September
Hulme children's venue Z-Arts is opening for participatory activities on 28th September before kickstarting its show schedule with Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers, 24th - 25th October.
HOME | October
Following the reopening of its dining and cinema spaces, HOME will return to live theatre in October.
Hope Mill Theatre | October
The Ancoats fringe favourite will finally be welcoming theatre-goers once more, hosting rock musical Rent from 30th October.
The Lowry | November
Six the musical kickstarts The Lowry's return to live theatre on 27th November, while children are in for a Christmas treat with The Gruffalo from 4th December.