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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.

Safety measures at People's History Museum

People’s History Museum is open!

People’s History Museum (PHM) welcomes visitors to explore the past, present, and future of ideas worth fighting for through the museum’s stories, collections, and unique building – we look forward to seeing you at the national museum of democracy.

We Love Kids in Museums

The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00am to 5.00pm, closed Mondays for enhanced cleaning.  The museum is Family Friendly throughout, and fully accessible wherever possible.  The maximum group size we are able to welcome is six.

A safe, inspiring and enjoyable experience for visitors is our top priority.  So we can safely manage numbers through the museum doors, we are asking visitors to register for timed entry visits via Eventbrite.  PHM will ensure some capacity is reserved for those unable to register online, who will be asked to provide registration details on arrival.

PHM’s shop is open, and a picnic area is available for visitors bringing their own food and drink to the museum.

Sign up to receive PHM’s e-newsletter and keep up to date with the museum’s latest news.

We're Good To Go

See information below on how to register and plan your visit, and what to expect when you get to PHM.

PHM is Good To Go!
PHM has received VisitEngland’s accreditation ‘We’re Good To Go’, verifying that the museum has followed government and industry Covid-19 guidance, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness, aid social distancing, and ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit.

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Opening times

  • Open: Tues – Sun, 10.00am – 5.00pm
  • Radical Lates: online events only
  • Closed: Mondays, 24, 25, 26 Dec, 1 Jan

 

View the visitor map and take a 3D tour of PHM’s main galleries.

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Register to visit & visiting information

Find out how to register and plan your visit, and what to expect when you get here.

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Free entry

Suggested donation £5.

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What’s on - onsite and online

Family Friendly interactives in the main galleries at People's History Museum

Explore PHM’s two main galleries, the latest Banner Exhibition, and hands-on and digital interactives engaging adults and children alike.

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Ideas Worth Exploring

Ideas Worth Exploring - at home and online © People’s History Museum

Those who are unable to visit PHM can continue to take part in events, activities and resources produced for people to connect, create, explore and learn – online and at home.

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Access

People's History Museum, Spinningfields, Manchester

The museum is fully accessible wherever possible, and we are committed to supporting you during your visit.  If you have queries or require any assistance please contact the museum in advance of your visit on 0161 838 9190.

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Getting here

See below for how to get to PHM, or download a map and directions.  Check with travel providers for more information on their services.

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 and 20 minutes’ walk from Peel Park.

In the footsteps of Liz Thorpe, PHM’s Learning Officer:
Starting at Peel Park, M5 4WU (the first public park in Britain!) pop in to see our friends at Salford Museum and Art Gallery or look around the gardens by the River Irwell.
From here it’s an easy stroll down Chapel Street.  Take in the beautiful architecture – St Philip’s Church and Bexley Square to name a few.
A short detour round the back of Salford Cathedral and you’ll find a small refuge from the hustle of the city.  Sit for a moment on the stone benches under the trees and admire the birds and squirrels.
Just ten more minutes, a right turn onto Bridge Street will see you at Salford Central train station.  Listen to the thunder of trains overhead before reaching the bridge which divides Salford and Manchester.
It’s the same river here that flows from Peel Park!  Look up and you’ll see People’s History Museum on the other side.
One mile / 20 minutes’ walk

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’s website for more information on travelling by bike.

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

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


Discounted offer: £5 for 10 hours parking at Spinningfields NCP, M3 3BE
NCP are offering up to 10 hours parking for £5 for visitors to the museum.
Ask at the museum Info Desk for a NCP discounted parking voucher for Spinningfields NCP car park only.  When paying and returning to your car, insert your original parking ticket in the payment machine first, followed by the discount voucher.  This will reduce the payment to £5.  Pay by card or cash.  Offer subject to availability.

Check out NCP Park Pass for up to 12 hours parking for £5 at NCP Salford Stanley Street and New Bailey car parks.  Visit Manchester City Council’s website to find out more about pay and display parking bays and accessible parking in Manchester.

By coach
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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 shop

A unique gift shop in Manchester inspired by the museum’s collection, full of books, cards, homeware, souvenirs and great presents for kids and grown ups!

Visit PHM's shop

The Left Bank cafe bar

The Left Bank cafe bar @ People's History Museum

The Left Bank cafe bar is due to reopen in early 2021.

A picnic area is available for visitors bringing their own food and drink to the museum.

Find out more about the cafe

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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