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Discover Salford - An Arty City

Visit Salford | Get creative in the city!

Galleries and museums

From paintbrushes to video art, community exhibitions to major touring shows and showcasing heritage, Salford's cultural community is blooming.

Step back in time in our museums with Ordsall Hall, the haunted Grade 1 listed Tudor house which packs 600 years of history into one remarkable building with immersive room settings and hands on exhibitions.

A trip to Lark Hill Place at Salford Museum and Art Gallery will transport you back to the Victorian era with an atmospheric re-creation of a typical northern street. Salford Museum and Art Gallery was the UK's 'first free public library' and today, still houses the city's local history library and archive as well as permanent displays and changing contemporary exhibitions.

And of course we can't forget The Lowry itself, home to the UK's largest collection of works by L S Lowry, as well as an ever-changing line up of national and local exhibitions. Built in 2000 at the booming Salford Quays, this astonishing building is a shrine to all things art, with galleries, theatres, workshops, café, restaurant and shop.

Visitors from across the globe relive 'The Smiths' legacy at Salford Lads club which has amassed an amazing archive of photos, records, film reels and memorabilia over the years.

Salford also boasts one of the most unusual libraries in the world - the Working Class Movement Library - with its treasure trove of records it's the place to discover the stories of working people's struggles to be heard.

Where else but Salford would you find an art gallery, recording studio, club venue, art academy, publisher and 50 resident artists and creative companies all under one roof. Originally built for cotton spinning, Islington Mill, the Grade 2 listed building hosts regular club nights, special events and studio open days, providing a thriving example of the city's cutting-edge creativity in action. Salford's only new music festival, Sounds from the Other City makes a yearly appearance at the mill and other venues every May Day bank holiday Sunday.

Designed by leading architect Daniel Liebskind, the Imperial War Museum North at The Quays offers a unique way to explore the impact of modern conflicts on society. The experience is brought to life by a 360 audio visual experience that engages with all senses which is totally involving and often moving.

The Theatre Organ Heritage Centre and Museum is the only one of its kind in the world, devoted to the history of the Theatre Organ, where schools and the general public can go to play an authentic theatre organ.

All venues are free to enter and together present a range of inspiring events and activities, guaranteed to inspire.


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