Urbis Museum Manchester Reviews
Urbis Feb 14, 2010
Urbis has now shut, to be replaced with the national football museum. This is a good thing for the economy of Manchester, but a tragedy for people who are not the least interested in bloody football but are interested in Factory records and Manga. I will leave this review as a memorial. :(
Urbis is a museum come gallery with a great shop and cafe in the heart of Manchester. Housing off the wall exhibits, often with a theme of Manchester history or social responsibility, it is a fascinating place to end up. And it's free. Score.
Amongst the exhibitions I've seen there has been one on how Manga shaped culture, including street fashion in Manchester, a history of the world famous Hacienda Club and Factory records, something about great advertising, and another one about how to garden in your appartment. The exhibits are usually very well curated and interesting, and you could easily take children in there because there is always colouring activities and large signs warning you if something won't be suitable.
The building itself is cool too; there's a great big diagonal elevator, but you can only use it if you need it because you are disabled or have a buggy or something. And it has a green roof.
The shop is a good place to get interesting art books and postcards, and things like that. I go back each time I'm in Manchester, as a break from the joys of the Arndale centre.
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