Whether you’re a die-hard football fan, planning a visit with your family or on a break to Manchester, enjoy a visit to England’s only national museum for football.
Learn more about the game of our lives, see iconic objects, and sharpen your skills in the museum’s football challenges.
To coincide with our reopening, the museum is celebrating the legends of the game in our first ever dedicated Hall of Fame exhibition. Opening in the Score Gallery, our latest exhibition focuses on those players and managers who have contributed significantly to the game of our lives: breaking records, winning trophies, and paving the way for future generations, on and off the field.
Opening days: Wednesday – Sunday
Opening times: 10:00am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)
In keeping with current government guidelines, visitors cannot book more than six tickets for any given time slot.
Concession applies to: Full Time Students, 65+ and Unemployed.
The museum receives financial support from Manchester City Council. As part of that arrangement city residents benefit from free admission.
Existing ticket holders can book their time slot free of charge.
Tickets are currently only bookable four weeks in advance.
After welcoming over a staggering 120,000 visitors since its launch in October, the world’s most visited multi-sensory experience Van Gogh Alive has extended its run at MediaCity.
Originally due to end on 23rd January 2022, the incredibly popular exhibition will now run for an additional month until 27th February 2022.
The extension is the final chance to see the iconic ‘Sunflower Selfie room’ and life-sized version walk-in representation of Van Gogh’s ‘Bedroom in Arles’ painting.
The hugely successful experience has been visited by a number of celebrity names including football pundit Gary Neville and actresses Jorgie Porter and Dame Maureen Lipman, who said “No wonder the world has gone mad for this exhibition – it made my heart sing and feet dance.”
Prepare to transcend time and space as you accompany Van Gogh on a journey through the Netherlands, Arles, Saint Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise, where he created many of his timeless masterpieces. Set to an evocative classical score, a thrilling display of over 3,000 inspirational images transforms every surface that surrounds you in what has been described as an "unforgettable multi-sensory experience".
Traditions of tiptoeing through silent galleries and viewing paintings from afar in quiet contemplation are forgotten as you find yourself interacting with art in ways you have never imagined. From start to finish, you will be surrounded by a vibrant symphony of light, colour, sound and fragrance as you wander around the exhibition and absorb it from every possible angle. Van Gogh's masterpieces come to life, giving you the sensation of walking right into his paintings, a feeling that is simultaneously enchanting, entertaining and educational.
At Van Gogh Alive you don't just look at his paintings, you step inside them and feel their power.
Worried about COVID symptoms affecting your visit? Well you can ‘Book with Confidence’ because no one with symptoms or who has been asked to self-isolate should attend the exhibition. And with that in mind, we have updated our terms and conditions so that you have up to 48 hrs before your visit to return or exchange your tickets for these reasons.
In light of the new Omicron variant and latest advice from the Prime Minister, we have introduced the mandatory wearing of face coverings, unless exempt or under the age of 12, within the venue.
Van Gogh Alive is generally open from 10:00am until 18:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday and 10:00am – 21:00pm on Friday and Saturday (other than some dates over the Christmas period). On certain dates, additional visiting slots may be added outside of these times, whilst some visiting slots within these times may be removed, dependent on demand.
Van Gogh Alive MediaCityUK is located on The Piazza of MediaCityUK in Salford. The full address is MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2NT. There are many public transport options to choose from.
Van Gogh Alive is not an art exhibition in the traditional sense. It is an immersive multimedia art experience which combines high definition projections of Van Gogh's paintings with digital surround sound. Imagery and animations are projected at a scale that offers visitors the ability to see the details of the artists work like never before. More than 3,000 images transform each surface.
We encourage you to move around freely to view the experience from different perspectives, always mindful of other visitors in the venue.
Developed by Grande Exhibitions, SENSORY4™ is a unique technological system that combines multi-channel motion graphics, cinema quality surround sound and up to forty high-definition projectors to provide one of the most exciting multi-screen environments in the world.
Your ticket is valid for entry up to 30 minutes after the timeslot that you have booked, so please feel free to arrive anytime within that window. Due to the popularity of the experience we may not be able to accommodate you if you arrive later than your ticket session.
Individual visit times will vary, but most visitors can anticipate spending 60 – 90 minutes. The main feature of the exhibition lasts approximately 45 minutes.
Yes, the exhibition has been designed to appeal to all ages. There is no minimum age to visit the exhibition. Children under 5 years old are admitted FREE of charge when accompanied by an Adult. They still need a ticket so we can manage numbers safely. Child tickets (aged 5-16) start from just £12.50.
Yes, the venue is suitable for strollers and is wheelchair accessible.
Yes, you are more than welcome to take photos and videos inside the experience. Please be considerate of other visitors when taking photos. When posting images and comments on social media, please use the hashtag #vangoghalivemediacity so more people can see the exhibition through your eyes. Please be advised that flash photography is not permitted inside the SENSORY4™ gallery.
There is an array of delicious cafes, bars and restaurants located at MediaCity all of which are within walking distance to the experience. No outside food or beverage will be allowed inside the venue.
No cloakroom will be provided so all bags and items must be carried with you inside the exhibition. We therefore recommend bringing small, easy to carry bags.
Yes we strongly recommend you book tickets online in advance of your visit. To ensure a comfortable and safe visit for all visitors, access to the experience is by timed entry. Once inside, you can enjoy Van Gogh Alive at your leisure keeping mindful of COVID-aware considerations.
Group bookings - booking fees do not apply.
Tickets are purchased for a specific time slot and will not be valid for entry on another day or time. This is required so we can ensure a limited number of visitors within the venue, and to offer you the most memorable and safe experience. We cannot guarantee access to the experience outside the hours indicated on your ticket.
The Van Gogh Alive Experience is accessible for wheelchair users - however no wheelchairs are available to loan to visitors. Access tickets will be sold at a concession rate and carer tickets are free of charge.
If you are planning to park at the Quayside multi-storey car park (formally Lowry Outlet) please be aware that new procedures are in place and there are now limited entrances and exits to the car park.
Theatre customers will be able to enter through the Waterside lobby near the customer toilets but after 8pm the centre will be locked down. The Plaza doors will be closed and if you are returning to the car park after 8pm you need to use one of the street level entrances.
For customers with specific access needs there is access into the centre via the 3 street level entrances at the Waterside which take you through to the Underground Car Park or the Waterside Car Park lobby which has stairs or 2 lifts.
Quayside will have officers available to direct customers during the changeover and signage will be in place. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to your visit. For further information please see www.quaysidemediacityuk.co.uk.
Suggested duration of visit: 1 hour. Please note: The galleries close at 5pm. As such, visitors should only book the 4:30pm timed-entry if they are happy to experience the exhibition in a reduced 30 minute session. Thank you.
Please take a look at our FAQs in advance of your visit. – www.thelowry.com/coronavirus
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