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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 #14 of 118 attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Scotland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This Museum is handy for the free Bus 2 and well worth spending 2 or 3 hrs in with a decent cafe afterwards. It goes in to great detail on some issues with banners of various societies featuring prominently in a site which has the largest collection of such in the world apparently.

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Lincoln
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

This is a must for everyone in these current times! It charts the struggle our ancesters had to achieve decent working conditions and democracy and shows admirably what we are in danger of losing. The museum is based in an old pump house which in itself is interesting.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

In my opinion this museum is interesting for people who like the history. I found it useful for me. I would like to see it again.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

...... and finally we went. This is a wonderful place. I partifcularly liked the stuff about the Unions and the coop movement in the city. also the staff are superb. so friendly and want you to make the most of your visit. and the cafe is nice too.

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Co Durham
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Very interesting and loads to see. Excellent explanatory signs. Would be a great place to spend a couple of hours if weather bad. Learnt a lot about social history. Free too!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Provides a good overview of social and economic history and insight into people's lives and the drivers for change- with celebrations of the great and the good.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Visited with three young children, nice activities for kids following the treasure trail and the free entry always helps. If going, try to combine it with one of the other free museums in the city to make your day more worthwhile!

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Berkeley, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This is labor history, framed as "How we got democracy in Britain." It's a history of struggles. Artifacts from the 1700s forward are banners and prints. This museum is FREE and has a good coffee shop where you can eat and rest.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

My partner and I visited this museum as part of a city break to Manchester and found it one of the most interesting attractions in the whole city. Attractively laid out and absorbing , the museum is divided into two chronological sections, floor one 1819-1945, and floor two 1945- present day. The People's History does a great job of introducing... More

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Altrincham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Found this museum very informative on stuff I hadn't really thought about involving the evolution of the society we lived in not too long ago, evolving to the freedom and equality we now enjoy in many aspects of life. I found particularly interesting , the talk on the Spanish Civil War, of which I had no prior knowledge . It... More

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