Please note: The museum will be closed on Tuesday 11 October for a private event. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

How To Get Here

We’re located right in the busy heart of Manchester in the iconic Urbis building with its dramatic sloping roof and fully glazed exterior. Our immediate neighbours include the Arndale Shopping Centre, Printworks cinema, Corn Exchange and Manchester Cathedral.

We encourage our visitors to use the greenest transport option possible when travelling to the museum to contribute to the fight against climate change and reduce congestion and air pollution in the city centre.

Manchester City Centre is very well connected by train, tram and bus and also has cycle and walking routes. The Transport for Greater Manchester website has detailed information on the best way to get around the city: click here for more.

Walk / Cycle

Travelling under your own power, whether walking or cycling, is the easiest and greenest way to get around the city centre. The Active Travel section of the Transport for Greater Manchester website is full of hints and tips including the recently launched Bee network cycle hire scheme.

The nearest secure cycle parking can be found at the City Tower Cycle Hub next to Piccadilly Gardens, a 10-minute walk from the Museum.


Victoria Station is a 2-minute walk from the museum and operates services to and from Bolton, Southport, Wigan, Preston, Blackburn, Liverpool, Manchester Airport, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Rochdale and Leeds.

Piccadilly Station is the city’s principal station and is a 20-minute walk, short Metrolink tram ride to Victoria or a free Metroshuttle bus ride to the museum. Services connect to locations across the country, including the east coast main line to London Euston and connections to Manchester Airport.

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Metrolink Tram

The nearest Metrolink stop is Victoria Station. Victoria connects to the following lines: Altrincham-Bury (green), Bury-Piccadilly (yellow), Manchester Airport-Victoria (dark blue), East Didsbury-Rochdale (pink) and East Didsbury-Shaw (Brown).

For more information visit the TfGM website by clicking here.


Manchester has an extensive bus network including a fleet of fully electric vehicles on certain routes. There is a bus stop (code NP) right outside the museum on Corporation St served by many different routes. The free city centre Metroshuttle service number 2 stops at the museum and links directly to Deansgate and Oxford Road train stations as well as other Metroshuttle services.

Directions to / from Manchester United FC, Old Trafford

Old Trafford is a three-mile walk from the museum. The most popular mode of transport, however, is the Metrolink tram system. MUFC and Victoria Station are linked by the Bury – Altrincham (green) line or the Altrincham – Piccadilly (purple) line (changing at Piccadilly Gardens to the Bury service for Victoria – green or yellow).

Extra services are provided on match days, but the Metrolink system can get very busy. Visit or follow @MCRMetrolink on Twitter for service updates. It’s suggested matchgoers use the following stops:

– Old Trafford (0.5 miles – 10 mins walk)

– Exchange Quay (0.7 miles – 14 mins walk)

– Trafford Bar (0.8 miles – 15 mins walk)

Directions to / from Manchester City FC, Etihad Stadium

There is a sign-posted walking route to the stadium from Manchester Piccadilly Station, which takes around 20 minutes.

The Metrolink Etihad Campus stop serves the stadium. From Piccadilly Gardens use the Eccles – Ashton-Under-Lyne (light blue) service to reach Etihad Campus.

Twitter users can contact @ManCityHelp for advice on travel or any other aspect of their visit.

Going to another game?

There are now Metrolink services linking the museum to many Greater Manchester teams. Bury (Bury – approx. 20 min walk to Gigg Lane), Oldham (Westwood – approx. 20 min walk to Boundary Park) & Rochdale (Rochdale Interchange – approx. 30 min walk to Spotland) are all linked by Metrolink tram services from Shudehill. See the Metrolink website for times and further service info.

Wigan Athletic (Wigan Wallgate / Wigan North Western) and Bolton Wanderers (Horwich Interchange) are served by train services from Manchester Victoria. There is an online Journey Planner from Traveline that can help you find further details.

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