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

Ideas Worth Exploring - at home and online with People’s History Museum
People's History Museum, Spinningfields, Manchester
People's History Museum, Spinningfields, Manchester
Riverside, People's History Museum, Spinningfields, Manchester

People’s History Museum will reopen as soon as possible

People’s History Museum (PHM) is temporarily closed due to government restrictions.

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The spirit of the museum continues to be very much alive, with lots of ideas, inspiration and experiences available to be explored at home and online.

We look forward to welcoming visitors back to the national museum of democracy to explore the past, present, and future of ideas worth fighting for through the museum’s stories, collections, and unique building.

We're Good To Go

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: As soon as possible
  • Closed: Until further notice
  • Radical Lates: Online events only


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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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Enjoy a friendly welcome at PHM!  The museum is Family Friendly throughout, from facilities to family favourites including interactives and activities connecting you and your family with PHM’s unique collections and stories.


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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.

Access at PHM

Ideas Worth Exploring

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

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.

20 minutes’ walk / one mile from Peel Park, M5 4WU
In the footsteps of Liz Thorpe, PHM Learning Officer:
Starting at Peel Park (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.

22 minutes’ walk / 1.1 mile from Piccadilly train station, M1 2BN
In the footsteps of Abir Tobji, PHM CultureLabs Project Manager:
Leave the station from the city centre entrance and cross the Piccadilly Curve Bridge.
On your left at Piccadilly Place take a pick of your favourite from the five huge lamps reflecting various centuries of innovation in the city.
Cross Aytoun Street and walk alongside one of Manchester’s famous waterways, the Rochdale Canal.
Continue alongside Canal Street, the heart of Manchester’s gay village, passing Sackville Gardens where you’ll find statue of Alan Turing and the Beacon of Hope memorial; Britain’s only permanent memorial for people living with and lives lost to HIV or AIDS.
If you’re lucky you might see the canal lock being opened before taking your first and only turn right into Princess Street to look for number 103, the building where the first meeting of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) took place and the museum’s first home in Manchester.
Cross Portland Street, and on your right see Chinatown; a legacy of one of many migrant communities who made Manchester their home.
Wave to our friends at Manchester Art Gallery then walk on to St Peter’s square, near the site of the Peterloo Massacre in 1819.
Continue past Manchester’s Town Hall in Albert Square.
As you cross Deansgate, don’t miss The John Rylands Library, Grade 1 listed building to your left.
You will find the museum ahead of you on the banks of the River Irwell.

40 minutes’ walk / two miles from Old Trafford, M16 9QB
In the footsteps of Lisa Gillen, PHM Learning Officer:
Starting off on the corner of Ayres Road in Old Trafford, this walk will take you through the regenerated areas and diverse communities of Manchester.
Making your way up Chorlton Road you’ll pass the Tamworth Towers community allotment before turning onto Stretford Road, where you’ll see the Z-arts centre on your way to Hulme Park.
Whilst strolling through the park, look out for a sculpture commemorating the Rolls Royce factory and A Hulme’s People’s History artwork, reproducing a map of Hulme from 1835.
Once you cross over the Mancunion Way footbridge you can choose to either saunter through the shops and restaurants of Deansgate and Spinningfields to reach the museum, or take a historic route via Bridgewater Street and Lower Byron Street; this option takes in the sights of Roman ruins, Science and Industry Museum, St John’s Gardens and the Granada Studios site.

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:

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

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.


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!

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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.

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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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