Self-guided group visits

The museum has interactive and immersive displays, and a variety of resources are available to help you get the most out of your visit.

We want you to enjoy the best possible experience of People’s History Museum as part of a self-guided visit with your school or community group.

One of our self-guided trails will help you to fully explore the galleries, their interactive features and the stories that they share.

All the information below will be useful as you plan ahead for your visit, which must be booked in advance.

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Cost: Self-guided visits are free of charge. Donations help to support the work of the museum.

Timings: Self-guided visits take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays with two hour slots available between 10.00am and 12.00pm, or 1:00pm and 3.00pm.

Suitable for: All ages and learners from school and community groups.

Capacity: 45 learners per visit.

Lunch space: We can provide a lunch space within your two hour visit, which needs to be requested when booking.




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Watch our welcome film to find out what to expect when you visit.

Take a 3D tour of the main galleries.

On confirmation of your booking we will send you:

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Self-guided groups must book in advance.  Groups are not guaranteed entry without pre-booking.

Group leaders are responsible for completing their own risk assessment before their visit. PHM will provide a template to help with the creation of this document.

Read about access at PHM 

To arrange a visit please complete the online Learning enquiry form, or phone the museum Wednesday to Friday, 10.00am – 4.00pm on 0161 838 9190.

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Prepare for your visit

Explore the galleries

Trying the interactive digital experience Grunwick strike (1976 1978)

Take a 3D tour throughout two Family Friendly galleries and find out what’s in Main Gallery One and Main Gallery Two.

Learn how you can use our digital interactives to immerse your group with The Match Girls’ Strike of 1888 and the Grunwick strike of 1976 to 1978.

Digital experiences

What's on

Migration a human story Passport stand outside Main Gallery One
Check out what’s on for details of the latest exhibitions and activities for the day of your visit.

On display across our main galleries, visit the 2022 Banner Exhibition, and come face to face with the handiwork of the people who fought for the rights we have today.

Another way to discover our galleries is by following the Passport Trail that forms part of Migration: a human story , in which you will step into the shoes of a refugee, asylum seeker or economic migrant.

What's on

Learning resources

Still from A Refugee’s Story animation, Migration a human story at People's History Museum. Image (c) Hungry Sandwich

Explore key topics around campaigns for change such as Peterloo, votes for women, workers’ rights, the climate crisis, and LGBT+ rights.  Resources include podcasts, animations, creative activities, an online course, and schemes of work, all to use in your learning setting.

There are resources available for children, young people and adults.

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PHM online shop

PHM shop

PHM’s shop is filled with books, gifts and souvenirs for all ages, inspired by the collections and galleries at People’s History Museum.

Find out what materials may support the learning topics your exploring.

PHM shop
Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar at People’s History Museum

Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar

Take a break from exploring with a sustainable, ethical, and delicious food experience at Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar at PHM.

There is now 10% student discount for any college or university groups visits.  Please mention when booking if you plan to visit the cafe.

Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar
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