Families | Ideas worth sharing

Enjoy a friendly welcome at the national museum of democracy, and explore the past, present and future of ideas worth fighting for.

People's History Museum is Family Friendly throughout, with hands-on stuff in every gallery for all visitors to enjoy. Online events, activities, and resources are also available to connect you and your family with the museum's unique collections and stories.

Visitors playing in the Co-op shop in Main Gallery Two at People's History Museum, Manchester
Visitors playing match factory arcade style game in Main Gallery One at People’s History Museum, Manchester
Visitors enjoying the juke box in Main Gallery Two at People's History Museum, Manchester
Visitors exploring banner symbols in Main Gallery Two at People's History Museum, Manchester
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Family favourites

  • Explore hands-on activities and digital interactives for all ages, in every gallery with an enhanced cleaning regime
  • Enjoy activities you can do using your imagination
  • Visit the suffragette kitchen to play the Pank-a-Squith board game
  • See how fast you can work at the Bryant & May match factory through an arcade style game
  • Go back in time at the Co-op shop
  • Play your favourite songs on a vintage jukebox

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Facilities

  • Take a break from exploring in the family break area located in Main Gallery One
  • Pick up a pocket money friendly souvenir from PHM’s shop
  • Enjoy a sustainable, ethical, and delicious food experience at Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar
  • Enjoy a packed lunch in the picnic area
  • Baby changing facilities and gender neutral toilets are
    available – if you get caughBreastfeeding Friendly Manchester logot short ask for a free emergency nappy!
  • Breastfeeding welcome throughout the museum and cafe

Plan your visit
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Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

  • The museum is fully accessible wherever possible
  • If you require a quiet space during your visit ask any member of staff
  • To help us best cater for your requirements please contact the museum in advance of your visit on 0161 838 9190

We are committed to making your visit as accessible as possible.  Click the button below for full details of access at PHM.

Access at PHM

Prepare for your visit with your family

Help your family prepare for their visit by watching this short video together.  See highlights and fun things to do as well as practical information.

Some interactive features and facilities are closed for your safety.  Find out how to register and plan your visit, and what to expect when you get to PHM.

Ideas worth exploring at PHM

Family Friendly happenings onsite

Family Friendly activities at People’s History Museum

PHM offers an engaging programme of Family Friendly exhibitions, installations, events, workshops, and activities, to connect you and your family with the museum’s unique collections and stories.

Suitable for a range of ages, see individual event information.

What's on for families onsite

I Spy activity sheet

 

I Spy activity at People's History Museum

Ask at the Info Desk for a free I Spy activity sheet and explore the museum, searching for 16 treasures. 

They could be objects, hidden in pictures, or stitched on to fabric.  How many will you find..?

Suitable for ages 5+

More treasures in PHM's collection

More in Common: in memory of Jo Cox exhibition trail

Jo Cox @DrueKataoka, 2016

On display until Sun 24 April 2022, visit the exhibition More in Common: in memory of Jo Cox, and pick up a Family Friendly exhibition trail for adults and children to complete together.

The trail provides activities and conversations that show how sad feelings can inspire positive actions.

You and your family can also pick up an emotions card to help pin point how you feel as you explore the exhibition.

Take a look at the trail

PHM shop

People's History Museum shop, Manchester

PHM shop is filled with books about inspiring people from history, to inspire little radicals for the future.  Pocket money friendly souvenirs and gifts such as jigsaws and playing cards inspired by the museum’s collections are perfect for keeping little ones entertained.

Recurrent winner of the “Toymark” Good Practice Award, PHM shop is recognised for its inclusivity and for challenging gender stereotypes by the Let Toys be Toys campaign.

Have a browse

Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar

Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar at People's History Museum

Take a break from exploring with a sustainable, ethical, and delicious food experience at Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar at PHM; offering breakfast, lunch and drinks to grab and go, or sit in and enjoy.

Open Kitchen is working in partnership with PHM to develop a Family Friendly offer to ensure the cafe is welcoming and affordable to all families.  The offer will evolve as they meet and chat with more museum visitors, and feedback is welcome to help create a child friendly menu that balances healthy with appealing, even for picky youngsters.

Take a break
Ideas worth exploring at home and online

Family Friendly happenings online

Materials for Doodle Den online with People's History Museum

PHM offers an engaging programme of Family Friendly exhibitions, installations, events, workshops, and activities, to connect you and your family with the museum’s unique collections and stories.

Suitable for a range of ages, see individual event information.

What's on for families online

Ideas Worth Exploring

Ideas Worth Exploring - at home and online, with People’s History Museum

Whether you’re looking to explore PHM’s collections, connect with others online, create something at home, or learn about the people who changed the world, there are always ideas worth exploring.

Suitable for a range of ages, see individual activity information.

Explore at home and online

Doodle Den

Doodle Den with People's History Museum

Make your own Doodle Den at home, pick up a pencil and explore PHM’s collections through sketching, scribbling and silliness.

Suitable for ages 5+

Get doodling!

Create a multi-ended story

'Stories are a way we can empathise with someone else's experience ... feel connected and know that we could be similarly understood.' Storytelling at People's History Museum

Discover the power of storytelling in addressing climate grief and create a multi-ended story where the reader chooses the destiny of the planet.

Part of the Think Globally, Act Locally project, 2021.

Suitable for ages 7+

Create your story

Build a window farm

Hydroponics experiment by artist Colette Whittington. Image courtesy of People's History Museum

Make a hydroponic experiment to build your own window farm.  Recycling a plastic drink bottle with a bit of fabric and some gravel, get your first crop planted.

Part of the Think Globally, Act Locally project, 2021.

Suitable for ages 7+

Get growing

Online learning sessions

Ideas worth learning about - at home & online

Learn about, be inspired by and get involved in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all.

PHM offers online learning sessions for all ages and families of all shapes and sizes.

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Family Friendly throughout

Family Friendly Museum Award winner

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PHM is proud to be a previous winner of the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award, Britain’s only museum award where families pick the winner.

‘The museum staff were amazing.  They were friendly, welcoming and informative.  They came and chatted to the girls (not just to me!) and asked if we needed any help, and gave great feedback to the art work they were creating.’
Comment on PHM from Kids in Museums family judge.

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Kids in Museums Manifesto

We've signed up to the Kids in Museums Manifesto

The Kids in Museums Manifesto is a set of simple guidelines for museums created with children, young people and
families.  It sets out what they feel makes a museum a great place to visit.

PHM is pleased to be one of over 1,000 museums, heritage sites and cultural organisations signed up in support of the Manifesto, and we are committed to following the guidelines and welcoming visitors of all ages and families of all shapes and sizes.

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Family Arts Standards

Family Arts Standards

PHM follows Family Arts Campaign’s Family Arts Standards, helping families to find arts activities that are suitable for all ages, covering the basic considerations for families visiting an arts experience.

‘Each time we go, we find something different and as my children get older they see and engage the exhibitions differently and get different things from the experience.’
Family feedback on PHM.

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