Families | Ideas worth sharing

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

Trying out the interactive digital experience Grunwick strike (1976 1978)
Exploring the Galleries at People's History Museum
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
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Family favourites

  • Explore hands-on activities and digital interactives for all ages in every gallery
  • 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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  • Take time out in the family break area, which is perfect for those with younger children
  • 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

A film about your visit

We’ve put together a short film for you to watch with your family ahead of your visit.  See highlights and fun things to do, as well as practical information.

Find out how to plan your visit, and what to expect when you get to PHM.

Ideas worth exploring at PHM

I Spy

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 collections

Passport Trail

Taking PHM’s Passport Trail designed for children aged 9+ and their fam...

PHM’s Passport Trail brings the theme of migration to life by inviting you to step into the shoes of a refugee, asylum seeker or economic migrant.

By the spin of a wheel you’ll find yourself following one of three footpaths and in doing so will gain an understanding of some of the challenges faced both past and present.  Animated stories form part of the experience, powerfully capturing some of the real life issues that have led to migration with plenty to talk about and share as a family.

Suitable for ages  9+ and their families


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In memory of Jo Cox exhibition trail

More in Common in memory of Jo Cox exhibition 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
What to see and do at PHM

Exhibitions and events

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

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.

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Ideas worth exploring at home

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
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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