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“Really interesting”

People's History Museum
Ranked #14 of 188 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This history museum chronicles the lives of Manchester's working people during the past one hundred years.
Reviewed September 16, 2013

As the title says, and I don't even like politics! Considering this is a small museum, it is packed with so much information and took us a good couple of hours to get round. The buiding itself is also interesing, being an old pump house (one of the pumps can be seen at the Museum of Science and Industry).

Thank grooveyem
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

A very interesting place to visit. we visited to enjoy an evening with an author and musician and a meal was included. Quite simplistic food but very tasty.

A great place for history buffs!

Thank HBread1
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Off the wall concept. Differing floors take you through the various political movements of mainly the last 250 years. It totally works. Beware, on exit you may feel humbled. Recommended.

Thank HamersleyMob
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

This is such an amazing museum. While it's not particularly large the displays in the two permanent galleries are incredibly dense. Packed with artefacts and a surprising amount of interactive content considering the subject matter. The presentation is very modern and vibrant and quite evocative.

Whatever your current political leanings it really highlights how important this aspect of British history is and as a local I felt quite proud of the part this city has played in that history.

My five year old son loves it and surprised me by being quite interested a lot of the subject matter. His favourite part was crossing the picket line (I won't spoil it!) which he did a dozen times at least.

Nice location as well. Right on the river, you can walk up from near the Lowry Hotel where they have some cheaper (£5 or less all day) parking. And on the edge of the Spinningfields area if you fancy a bit to eat afterwards. We probably spent an hour there. I plan to return myself (without the kid) and take a little more time at some point.

I really can't recommend it enough. Absolutely on par with the more well known (and considerably larger) Museum of Science and Industry down the road.

Thank Ash W
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

This is a great museum of socialism. Informative notice boards - good for adults and those who are older than 12 - I think younger children would be a little bored unless they have an engaging adult explaining the exhibits to them. It is very much a museum of radicalism, socialism and the trade union movement - its strap line is 'there have always been ideas worth fighting for'. So don't go expecting a general history of day to day life (as is found in the People's Museum in Glasgow). It is much more challenging than that! I would have liked to have seen more on the women's movements pre 1900 and also on the First World War, but other than that, it is a good and interesting museum.

Thank Historrygrrrl
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