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People's History Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Superb, brilliant social and economic history.

Spent a very enjoyable few hours here today. Free bus from Picadilly Station! Free entry and the... read more

Reviewed August 12, 2011
Rugby, United Kingdom
forget the temples to consumerism - find out what really makes Manchester great

This highly interactive museum gives insight into different aspects of socal and political... read more

Reviewed July 14, 2011
Hong Kong, China
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The People's History Museum (PHM) is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present and future. The museum provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn about, be inspired by and get...more
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Bridge Street | Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER, England
+44 161 838 9190
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Reviewed August 12, 2011

Spent a very enjoyable few hours here today. Free bus from Picadilly Station! Free entry and the staff at reception were extremely helpful and welcoming. Explored a collection which showed the history of Salford, through collections of photos. Then looked at a really interesting collection...More

Date of experience: August 2011
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Reviewed July 14, 2011

This highly interactive museum gives insight into different aspects of socal and political movements. The chronological arrangement of the galleries provides a clear timeframe and you get the impression of the connectivity of socal development. For children, displays are highly interactive (learn about the challenges...More

Date of experience: July 2011
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Reviewed June 27, 2011

A well-presented survey of the history of the struggle for democratic rights and freedoms in ththe workplace, society and politics. Lots of doors and windows (and even a coffin!) for chidlren to open and discover secrets. If your politics are more right-leaning, prepared to be...More

Date of experience: June 2011
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Reviewed November 18, 2010

When looking for sights to see in Manchester, I was intrigued when the People's History Museum came up in my Googling. I enjoy labor and economic history, so this was right up my alley. The museum is in a brand new building right on the...More

1  Thank PGarcia
Reviewed October 28, 2010

Not a good start, I printed the map from The peoples museum web site and it was no help in finding the place, on the map it looks like it is near Granada studios but is in fact down a few side streets from there...More

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Reviewed August 31, 2010

I visited the People's History Museum for the first time on a Sunday. Previous reviewers have conveyed well the detail of the museum's style and displays. I found the layout of each gallery unclear - at times it was possible to go two ways and...More

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Reviewed August 30, 2010

what a great experience to visit this super museum. I think it is a real must for any visitor to the NW.

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Reviewed August 18, 2010

Went on my first visit today with a view to taking some of my students next term. The exhibitions are interesting and suitable for a range of age groups. The staff are helpful and well informed. The museum is underused probably because it isn't signposted...More

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Reviewed June 27, 2010

As someone who studied British social and economic history at school I was aware of the role the North West of England played in the Industrial Revolution and the importance of Manchester in the political stage be it the Corn Laws or the Peterloo massacre....More

2  Thank PrestonGuild
Reviewed April 28, 2010

There is a lot in England's history that evokes pride. But this museum fails to deliver. It is austere, sterile and unimaginative.

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Response from TFonTA | Reviewed this property |
Agree with Roy G that it’s not mega easy to find but google maps served me well
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Response from BrightonBN1 | Reviewed this property |
A couple of hours as there is so much to see and experience.
January 7, 2015|
Response from robin j | Reviewed this property |
Hi It seems that you have chosen the right day to arrive as the café opens at 8.00 on Saturday. I'm not sure about travelling times from airports as I was staying in the area and walked. The People's History Museum has a... More