It has always been important to be able to get a cup of tea and cake on a visit to a museum! When the museum opened in 1850 it included an extensive suite of refreshment rooms on the basement level, with a separate entrance from the museum and library. The museum only opened for 129 days of that year so this may have made it possible to open the cafe for visitors to Peel Park on other days.
We are not sure when these refreshments rooms closed, but we know we were without some for several decades. A cafe was reintroduced to the museum in the 1980s, and in 2013 we moved the cafe downstairs into the old reading room. Now a busy hub for visitors and university staff and students, it is nice to know we are continuing the tradition of tea and cake at Salford Museum and Art Gallery. Although these days you can get a glass of wine as well!