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The museum’s collection database contains over 10,000 historical artifacts. Browse some of Salford Museum and Art Gallery’s social history collection using our online search facility.

Pre-1900 Continental European oil paintings in Salford Museum’s collection can be searched by visiting VADS – the online resource for visual arts.

For further details, please phone Salford Museum on 0161 778 0800 or email

Art UK

Art UK is the online home for art from every public collection in the UK and features over 200,000 oil paintings by 38,000 artists from over 3,000 venues.

Most public art in the UK is not on display and Art UK gives everyone access to it. Check out Salford Museum & Art Gallery’s collection here.


Salford Museum and Art Gallery welcomes donations and bequests from members of the public. We are especially interested in materials that is unique to the geographical area of the city of Salford. This includes the districts of Eccles, Swinton and Pendlebury, Irlam and Cadishead and Worsley.

You can donate an object online using our interactive form. If we feel that the object you wish to donate will improve our current collection we will get in touch to arrange a transfer to our stores.

Unfortunately due to constraints on storage and to avoid duplication we are unable to accept everything that is offered to the museum. We have a collection policy which restricts the items we can and cannot accept. We do not accept loans to the museum except in the case where a particular object would enhance a specific temporary exhibition. In such circumstances the loan would be for a fixed period agreed between the museum and the lender.