The museum is Family Friendly throughout, and we welcome visitors of all ages.

Family Friendly activities @ PHM
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What to do

Hands-on activities for all ages, in every gallery

Multi-sensory family break area located in Main Gallery One

Busy Bee explorer packs for 3-6 year olds

Family Friendly trails – see what you can find and win a prize!

Pocket-money friendly souvenirs in our shop

Check our what’s on for Little People’s History Museum sessions, suitable for under 3s and their grown ups

What's on
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Picnic area

Cafe – lunch options, activities, highchairs, bottle warmer

Baby-changing facilities and gender neutral restrooms – if you get caught short just ask for a free emergency nappy!

Breastfeeding welcome throughout the museum

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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

Our usual quieter visiting times are:

Monday  to Friday  3.00pm – 5.00pm

Saturday &  Sunday  10.00am – 12.00pm

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. For full details please visit the Access page.


Pre visit video

Help your family prepare for their visit by watching this video together.

See highlights and fun things to do as well as practical information.

Busy Bee explorer bag

Ask at the Info Desk to borrow one of our exciting explorer bags.

The bags contain a selection of fantastic resources to help you explore the museum.


Suitable for 3-6 year olds

Busy Bee explorer bag
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Family area located in Main Gallery One

light show in family area @ People's History Museum 06.04.19 (40)Every weekend and throughout the Manchester school holidays our family area comes alive with lights and moving symbols to create a calming sensory space.

Groups with SEND can book for this to be available during their visit at any time of the year with advanced notice.

You can check the light show is on before your visit by contact the Learning Team on 0161 838 9190 or the Learning Team.

Email the Learning Team
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Kids in Museums Family Friendly award winner 2017/18

“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.”

Kids in Museums family judge

We Love Kids in Museums

Family Friendly activities at PHM

Family Arts Campaign

“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

Family Arts Standards

Families find out more here
Family Arts Standards @ People's History Museum
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