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People's History Museum (PHM) in Manchester is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present, and future.

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Opening times

  • Open: every day 10.00am – 5.00pm
  • Radical Lates: second Thurs each month until 8.00pm
  • Closed: 24, 25, 26 Dec, 1 Jan

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Free entry

Suggested donation £5.

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What's on

The museum’s programme of events and exhibitions offers something to enjoy for visitors of all ages and abilities.

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Getting here

See below for the best way to find us, or download a map and directions.

On foot
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The museum is located on the corner of Left Bank and Bridge Street in the Spinningfields area of Manchester city centre, five minutes’ walk from Waterstones bookshop on Deansgate.

By bike
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Bike racks are located outside The Left Bank cafe bar entrance on Bridge Street.  Visit Transport for Greater Manchester cycling pages for more information on cycling in Manchester.

Rail stations
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  • Salford Central (2 min walk)
  • Manchester Victoria (15 min walk)
  • Manchester Piccadilly (20 min walk)
  • Manchester Oxford Road (20 min walk)

 

Visit Transport for Greater Manchester free bus page for more information.

Metrolink stations
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  • St Peter’s Square (10 min walk)
  • Deansgate-Castlefield (15 min walk)
Bus stop
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(1, 8, 12, 25, 26, 31, 32, 36, 37, 50, X34): Bridge Street (2 min walk)

Free bus stops
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  • No 1: Bridge Street (1 min walk)
  • No 2: John Rylands Library, Deansgate (4 min walk)
  • No 3 (evening service): John Rylands Library, Deansgate (4 min walk)

 

Visit Transport for Greater Manchester free bus page for more information.

Car parks
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The museum has no onsite car parking.  The nearest car parks are:

 

Visit Manchester City Council’s website to find out more about pay and display parking bays in Manchester.

Visit Manchester City Council’s website for more information on accessible parking in Manchester.

Coaches
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Drop off only outside the museum, opposite the main entrance on Left Bank.  See Manchester City Council’s website for more information on coach parking in Manchester.

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Access

The museum is fully accessible wherever possible. To help us best cater for your requirements, please contact the museum in advance of your visit on 0161 838 9190.

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Families

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

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Group Visits

Groups can book a range of sessions from drama performances and artist-led sessions to creative writing, walking tours, guided tours to archive sessions.

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#ThanksToYou - special offer!

People’s History Museum wants to say #ThanksToYou for contributing to National Lottery Heritage Fund support that the museum receives.  Bring along your National Lottery ticket or scratchcard from Saturday 23 November to Sunday 1 December 2019 and you will receive a 10% discount off purchases made in both the museum shop and in The Left Bank cafe bar.

T&Cs:

  • Offer includes one 10% discount for the shop and one 10% discount for the cafe per visitor, when a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard is presented to a member of shop/cafe staff
  • Cafe discount applies to food and soft drinks only, offer does not include alcohol
  • All National Lottery games qualify (including National Lottery draw based games and National Lottery scratchcards)
  • Proof of purchase of a National Lottery game can be either hard copy ticket or digital
  • In the event of enquiries on the day, the shop/cafe manager’s decision is final

Shop

Filled with ideas worth fighting for, the PHM shop has a wonderful range of radical books, toys, gifts and homeware that make great presents for kids and grown ups alike!

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Shop @ People's History Museum

The Left Bank cafe bar

For breakfast, lunch or if you're on the go, pop in and enjoy hand-crafted coffees, seasonal British cuisine or fine local ales on Manchester's sunniest riverside terrace.

The Left Bank cafe bar is open Monday - Friday 8.00am – 5.00pm & Saturday - Sunday 10.00am – 5.00pm.

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The Left Bank cafe bar @ People's History Museum

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