Welcome Back Manchester

Museums, galleries and theatres in Manchester will be able to welcome visitors back again soon. In line with government guidelines, many of our favourite places will be open again from 19 May 2021.

Libraries in Manchester have already opened too. And although it may be some time before regular events and community groups start up again in Manchester’s libraries, you can now browse and borrow books.

Here is the most up-to-date information we have about reopening times. You may have to book your visit in advance too so make sure you check the venue websites for the very latest information.

In the meantime, there is still lots of activity you can enjoy online and outside. Check out our guides for all the best online events and activities happening in Manchester.

The Whitworth

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Outside of HOME at dusk


HOME's galleries, cinema, bar and restaurant will reopen from Monday 17 May 2021. Theatre performances will take place outside.

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Outside view of an old red brick building with a glass wall

The Whitworth

The Whitworth will partially reopen from Wednesday 19 May 2021. The gallery is expected to reopen fully from Thursday 1 July 2021.

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An audience watch a play in a theatre

Royal Exchange Theatre

The Royal Exchange has reopened to the public for performances only. Tickets for theatre shows must be booked online in advance. For performances, the building will open one hour before the scheduled start time.

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Outside of The Gallery of Costume

Gallery of Costume

The Gallery of Costume is temporarily closed due to government restrictions. However, you can access their collection online through their Instagram account @mag_platthall.

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Outside of Victoria Baths on a clear day

Victoria Baths

The venue is temporarily closed due to government restrictions. However, the venue have taken some of their activity online for you to enjoy at home.

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People walking around inside The Lowry in the daytime.

The Lowry

Due to the latest government guidance, The Lowry is temporarily closed.

The Lowry galleries will reopen for weekends only from Saturday 22 May. Your visit must be booked in advance.

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