Manchester Bus Museum

The Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester aims to preserve and promote the public transport heritage of Greater Manchester in North West England. Owned by Transport for Greater Manchester, it is in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester.BackgroundThe museum holds a sizeable collection, one of the largest of its kind in the UK. Due to the size of the building, some vehicles have to be kept off-site, with exhibits changed around every so often. In addition, vehicles often attend events around the country in the summer months.The museum, owned by Transport for Greater Manchester, was established at Boyle Street, Cheetham Hill, in 1977. It opened to the public on 27 May 1979. The day-to-day running of the museum is carried out by volunteers from the Greater Manchester Transport Society.The museum building consist of two distinct halves, created from a former Manchester Corporation Transport bus garage. The upper hall and entrance area was completed in 1928 as a dedicated bus garage at a time when the main Queens Road garage was a tramcar facility; and the lower hall was created in 1935 by the construction of a roof over what had been the open space between the 1928 building and the main depot now occupied by First Manchester.The museum collection is constantly developing and restoration work can be often be seen by visitors.The museum became a Registered Museum in May 2003, with the GMTS having become a Registered Charity in 1980.

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