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“Quite interesting little museum”

Greater Manchester Police Museum
Ranked #9 of 182 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Come and explore our 1879 Police Station! Inside we have Uniform, Crime and Transport displays as well as the station itself in which you can see the original Charge Office, Cells and an 1895 Magistrates Courtroom from Denton. Our volunteers, many of whom are retired officers will be on hand to chat to and answer any of your questions about life on the beat. The museum is open to the public on Tuesdays, but tours by appointment can be made on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays. Free entry!
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“Quite interesting little museum”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

This former police station from the Victorian era now serves as a museum for the GMP authority, and is an interesting if brief trip on an otherwise uneventful mid week afternoon - the volunteer staff are knowledgeable and helpful, and the displays accessible to most, including tailored information for various age ranges.

If you're looking for very specialist information on the history of policing, you may find this attraction to be too general, but as an overview and free attraction it's really not too bad.

As the building is fairly tightly contained, open days during school holidays and similar will be busier with family and youth groups taking up a lot of space, but staff are adept at dealing with traffic flow through the exhibits.

Visited November 2012
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“Great experience”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

We visited the museum just to get out of the rain how glad am i it was raining.The guys are so enthusiastic they even arrested me and gave me a proper grilling.The cells the old court room
facinating to experience
keith

Visited June 2012
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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“Different”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Took my Dad who found it fascinating as he knew so much of Manchester past. It is well worth a visit. The volunteers are very entusiastic and helpful, and have obviously worked hard to create a time warp of policing in general and Manchester's police in particular. It was good to see loads of kids there who were able to try on helmets, go inside a police van and into cells etc. Don't assume it will be dull, it isn't. Give it a visit, after all it's free as well. Pity it isn't open on a weekend day, even just once a month.

Visited February 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Something a bit different”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

The kids really enjoyed it. Something a bit different without the bore of being a museum which for kids they can be sometimes.

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London, United Kingdom
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“Hidden Gem of Manchester”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Rather a low profile tourist attraction and only open on Tuesdays, but worth doing if you can. Upstairs there's an entire rebuilt Magistrates' Court from the Victorian era.

Visited February 2013
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