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People's History Museum

Bridge St., Manchester M3 3ER, England
44 161 839 6061
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As featured in 3 days in Manchester and 1 other guide
Ranked #19 of 121 attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: This history museum chronicles the lives of Manchester's working people during the past one hundred years.
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Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Well laid out, interesting, a genuine tribute to working people. Wish we had something similar in the US.

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This collection provides the visitor with a thoughtful history. The emphasis is on what is usually described as the 'ordinary' people's world. The people whose history is told in this museum are only ordinary in that they are not typical of those in the usual museum and castle historical displays. In no other way are they ordinary. They are people... More

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Hugh amount of very interesting information. Was a little confused at first as displays not in chronological order. Our group joined in a specific talk on fascism by one of the staff who stay with us afterwards and talked more on a number of political movements. He really knew his stuff and was willing to spend as much time with... More

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Langstone, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A unique collection which charts how ordinary Brits have fought to improve their lot in the last several hundred years. Wonderful collection of banners and posters. Current exhibition is on world war I and gives a more rounded view of what people were thinking at the time and in particular highlights the role of women.

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Philadelphia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Great material about the labor movement in the UK, mostly. Some great artifacts on display - especially the parade banners!

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Bury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Very educational and good for families and school groups. Plenty of displays bring the museum to life.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I love this museum. It inspires me, making me treasure my rights and how much progress has been made for ordinary people. Lovely little coffee shop too for a visit without going into the museum.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I went here with my parents to learn about the social history of Manchester. The layout and description of each part was excellent. Since Manchester was a force in obtaining the vote for every man, it explains how this occurred and how recent Manchester politics has been shaped by this.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

There's so much information and so many interactive elements in the People's History Museum that you find yourself realizing it took 90 minutes just to get through the first part of the museum. I love the vintage political posters and the section on the rise of communism and the suffragist movement. I have taken all of my visiting friends to... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I thought this was a really interesting place to visit. It needs a lot of time though because there's just so much to see. Fabulous hands on exhibits, good maps and posters. Must come back when I've got more time to explore everything in detail.

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