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Free Museum in Salford

Victorian living room Photo, Manchester, England

There's a small, free musuem in Salford that is called, oddly enough, the Salford Musuem. It's located in the Salford University campus by Peel Park, near the Salford Crescent station. One of the features is a reproduction of a Victorian street called Lark Hill Place. It's dark with a few "gas" street lamps and there are a group of storefronts and windows to dwellings that you can look through and see it all set up as it would have been. You can't take flash pictures in the Lark Hill space and because it's darkened, i braced my camera on the glass windows or on walls and got some fairly good pics that I was happy with.

Some of the "storefronts" include a pub which had a bar and tables and you can see what's behind the bar. There is a room where a family would have lived, with a hearth, table and chairs, the ironing board is set up, there are toys and dishes and pictures on the wall. Another house that you see through the window looks like a more prestigious merchant would live there with finer furniture and a table set with china, silver and crystal. There's a blacksmith shop, a candy shop, a music shop, a chemist. That sort of thing.

Upstairs there is a Victorian gallery with pictures and sculpture and there's a temporary exhibit space. When we were there, the exhibit was on the evolution of pop music from the 1950s to present day with posters, artifacts etc. The temporary exhibits vary, of course.

It's one of those little museums that get overlooked but which has a good overview of the area. And it's free!

We spent a nice hour and a half browsing and then looked in the tiny gift shop where they had some prints for almost nothing, one Graham bought of a painting he'd liked was only 50p. There's a small cafe as well.

Access to the museum via bus (36, 37, 100 and other busses along the Crescent), it's about 20-30 minute walk from the city center via Chapel Street. There are disabled parking spots on site and a ramp into the building and a lift.

Museum and Art Gallery hours are:
Monday - Friday: 10.00am - 4.45pm
Saturday and Sunday: 1.00pm - 5.00pm

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