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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 #18 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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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 NEW

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 NEW

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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110 reviews 110 reviews
50 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
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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7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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Wigan, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The Galleries were excellent insight into the past, even if they gave a very Left Wing view of it. The old Kitchens shops and sitting rooms were well done and you could go into them too.

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Hong Kong, China
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I thought this museum was absolutely brilliant. As a working man, it's nice to have the story of the working man told. The layout was perfect, just enough information to leave you informed and satisfied but not so much that you tired of it, and you go through the exhibits following chronologically. Some of the special exhibits were also quite... More

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London
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113 reviews 113 reviews
16 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

An absolute trove of information about the labor movement since years gone by, helped immensly by a very hands on exhibition. A bit confusing at times to take in all the informtaiton presented but well worth the visit. Downstairs is a lovely cafe overlooking the canal which is wonderfuly serviced by a young lass form Hungary who gets 10/10 for... More

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