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: 31 March 2020

We are all having to do things very differently at the moment, as everyone seeks to minimise and overcome the impact that coronavirus (COVID-19) is having across the globe.  The museum is joined in solidarity behind the message #StayHomeSaveLives.

People’s History Museum has been closed since Thursday 19 March 2020 and the team are now working remotely, exploring new ways of inspiring people with the stories of ideas worth fighting for.

This includes rethinking and reshaping our approach to the museum’s headline theme of migration for 2020, which is being co-created with a Community Programme Team made up of people whose lives have been shaped by migration, and features many community-led projects and exhibitions.

We are certain the challenge of continuing to deliver a programme of activity will bring creative solutions and we are currently exploring alternative ways as a team and with our freelance artists of shining a light on stories of migration, sharing ideas and engaging in conversations.

Please do keep in touch and support us how you can; look out for news and updates on this website, sign up to our e-newslettersubscribe to our blog, share on social media, make a donation if you can, and visit us when we’re back open again.



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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 to archive sessions.

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Getting here

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

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 cycling pages for more information on cycling in Manchester.

Rail 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 free bus page for more information.

Metrolink stations
  • St Peter’s Square (10 min walk)
  • Deansgate-Castlefield (15 min walk)
Bus stop

(1, 8, 12, 25, 26, 31, 32, 36, 37, 50, X34): Bridge Street (2 min walk)

Free bus stops
  • 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

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.


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.


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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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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