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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Coronavirus update: 29 June 2020

People’s History Museum (PHM) is looking forward to getting back to what it does best; welcoming visitors to explore the museum’s fascinating collections and unique building.  We are planning to reopen on Tuesday 1 September 2020 and we can’t wait to see you at the national museum of democracy.

The wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our top priority, and PHM is not rushing to reopen until we can do so safely and responsibly.  The team are hard at work behind the scenes, reviewing the best available public health advice and sector guidance.  You will find PHM introduces clear safety measures so that visitors can enjoy the best possible experience of PHM’s stories, objects and archives that illuminate the world of the revolutionaries, reformers, workers, voters, citizens and radicals who championed, then and now, for change, rights and equality. 

Visitors will be able to explore the two main galleries, see the 2020 Banner Exhibition and discover the recently launched augmented reality (AR) experience exploring radical history makers on strike.  PHM’s shop and The Left Bank cafe bar will be open, with space also available for those who want to bring their own food and drink. 

PHM will continue to shine a light on migration, the museum’s headline theme for 2020-2021.  This includes our work with the Community Programme Team, six people whose own lives have been shaped by migration, which will unfold following the reopening, with ideas and activities to inspire action.  Contemporary collecting continues to be an important focus for PHM, as we ensure that the museum’s future collections reflect the unprecedented events and collective action of 2020.

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Those who are unable to visit the museum can continue to take part in Ideas Worth Exploring, featuring events, activities and resources produced during lockdown to connect people and share hope, conversations and creativity.

The work and role of PHM has never felt more important and we have ambitious plans for how we engage people with the museum’s stories of ideas worth fighting for.  If you are able to add your support to help PHM reopen, it will make a real difference.

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

Previous winner of Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award.

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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 and archive sessions.

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Getting here

See below for the best way to find PHM, or download a map and directions.  Check with travel providers for more information on their services.

On foot

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

Bike racks are located outside The Left Bank cafe bar entrance on Bridge Street.

Visit Transport for Greater Manchester’s website for more information on travelling by bike.

By bus

Nearest bus stop:

  • Bridge Street (2 min walk)


Visit Transport for Greater Manchester’s website for more information on travelling by bus.

By free bus

Nearest free bus stops:

  • No 1: Gartside Street (1 min walk)
  • No 2: Gartside Street (1 min walk)
  • No 3 (evening service): John Rylands Library, Deansgate (4 min walk)


Visit Transport for Greater Manchester’s website for more information on travelling by free bus.

By train

Nearest train stations:

  • 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’s website for more information on travelling by train.

By tram

Nearest tram stops:

  • St Peter’s Square (10 min walk)
  • Deansgate-Castlefield (15 min walk)


Visit Transport for Greater Manchester’s website for more information on travelling by tram.

Park and ride

Visit Transport for Greater Manchester’s website for more information on park and ride.

By car

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 and accessible parking in Manchester.

By coach

Drop off only outside the museum, opposite the main entrance on Left Bank.

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


Shop @ People's History Museum

The shop has a wonderful range of radical books, gifts and homeware that make great presents and souvenirs for kids and grown ups!

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The Left Bank cafe bar

The Left Bank cafe bar @ People's History Museum

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.

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Which radical are you?

Which radical are you? @ People's History Museum

Take this fast and fun quiz to join PHM’s free museum membership, help us match your interests to what’s on offer, and keep up to date with details of how to plan your visit.

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