The museum has hands-on interactive exhibits throughout the galleries, and resources are available to help you get the most out of your visit.
Cost: self-guided visits are free of charge. Donations are greatly received.
Duration: We recommend allowing between 1 hour 30 mins and 2 hours for your self-guided visit.
Please use our risk assessment information to help carry out your own risk assessment.
We ask that group leaders keep a list of everyone in their group; it is their responsibility to check everyone is present in the case of an emergency evacuation.
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Exhibition guide for group leaders
We advise self-guided groups to book in advance. Contact the Learning Team to arrange your visit on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0161 838 9190.
Many of our booked workshops use the galleries during their session. We appreciate your support in ensuring noise levels are kept to a minimum around these sessions.
Do you have lunch space for groups?
We have one fully accessible lunch space that can accommodate up to 60 children or 50 adults and one lunch space that can be reached by stairs for 30 children or 25 adults.
You can reserve lunch spaces for your group for 30 minute segments throughout the day.
Priority is given to groups who have booked in advance.
Do we have to book in advance?
We recommend all groups of four or more people book in advance.
Priority of lunch spaces, coat rails and spaces in the galleries will be given to those who have booked in advance.
How many people can come at once?
We do not have a limit on how many people can visit. However, if you have a large group we do advise that you speak to a member of the Learning Team ahead of your visit to discuss your itinerary.
What will we find in the galleries?
The museum tells the story of the development of democracy in Brtiain: past, present, and future. This story is mainly told in two purpose built galleries; Main Gallery One is located on the first floor and Main Gallery Two is located on the second floor. The galleries have been divided into seven themes and roughly follow a chronological order over the last 200 years. The story starts with the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 and ends in the present day.
Download a floor plan of the main galleries for further information.