The transformation of Manchester Museum presented us with an unprecedented opportunity to expand our role, reach and relevance. We have created a two-storey extension and there has been extensive reconfiguration of existing spaces. The building now provides new galleries and facilities with a focus on inclusivity, including a prayer room.
The prayer room, on floor 1 next to the Living Worlds gallery, is a calm and peaceful space that is available to anyone who wants to use it for prayer, contemplation, or meditation.
We welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors through our doors every year and Manchester is one of the UK’s most diverse cities.
It has been co-designed with museum staff and faith partners. It includes chairs, room partitions, prayer mats, religious texts, ablution facilities, shoe covers and a shoe rack.
We are committed to building better understanding, compassion, and empathy, and foregrounding inclusive narratives and new perspectives, and our hope is that the new Manchester Museum is a place where everyone feels that they belong.