People's History Museum

People's History Museum, Manchester: Hours, Address, People's History Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

People's History Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Children's Museums • History Museums
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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 involved in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all. PHM offers a powerful annual programme exploring the past, present and future.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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How to get there
  • Exchange Square • 9 min walk
  • St Peter's Square • 10 min walk
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4.5
1,142 reviews
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367
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Julia S
Grimsby, UK8 contributions
May 2022
Great museum so much to see will need another visit all the staff were helpful and the cafe was lovely 😊
Written 23 May 2022
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Tigs M
Wirral, UK539 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
I enjoyed my time at the museum. There was alot put in 2 rooms, wish was a bit less squashed together. But otherwise it was really interesting. Also around the rooms I wish there were a few more seats. It definitely took us a few hours to go through the rooms.
Written 16 May 2022
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Hi. Many thanks for your 5* review - we're really glad that you enjoyed your visit and found it so interesting. Thank you also for your comments on seating. Given the size of the museum it is hard to put more seating in place, but we will think of ways of making more space for visitors to rest while visiting. Bob Dinn, Visitor Experience Supervisor
Written 20 May 2022
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Kati S
3 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
I always bring visitors to the PHM, so I brought my brother yesterday - I find it inspiring to see how the freedoms we have now were fought for, it reminds me that change is still possible and gives me hope!
Written 7 May 2022
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Hi Kati, thank you so much for your 5* review. It's great to have such positive feedback from regular visitors, especially since our aim is to inspire people with our stories. We hope to see you again soon. Sara Ferri - Visitor Experience Supervisor
Written 7 May 2022
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Ta.La.
5 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Really interesting museum, worth a visit for everyone!!!!
Makes you think about a lot of things.
And friendly staff:)
Written 6 May 2022
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Thanks so much for your 5* review - we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. We want to make people question and think as they visit us - so we were very pleased that this was your experience of the museum. Bob Dinn, Visitor Experience Supervisor
Written 7 May 2022
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Zoe S
England, UK3 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
The toilets had all been changed to mixed sex which has put me off visiting again. I was surprised as a lot of the exhibitions are female history focused so you would expect the museum to be aware of the importance of single sex provision.
Written 2 May 2022
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Thank you for your review. The museum has three gender neutral/accessible toilets (located in the basement near the archive, ground floor in the Engine Hall and the second floor). The museum also has female and male facilities on the ground floor (near the reception desk) and in the basement (below the Engine Hall). At the time of your visit (in November 2021), the female and male facilities on the ground floor had been converted to gender neutral single occupancy, and the basement were designated for staff use, as part of the museum's Covid-19 prevention measures. These Covid-19 measures have now been removed.
Written 6 May 2022
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LauraDaveJames
Solihull, UK3,487 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
The museum is free to enter. We didn’t enjoy this museum as much as we had hoped and expected. We felt that they tried to cover too many subjects in too small a space. We left feeling that nothing was dealt with in sufficient depth.
Written 30 April 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the museum as much as you had expected. PHM is the home of ideas worth fighting for and our collections are designed to reflect all the battles that led to democracy in the past two centuries. We know that it is difficult to cover all the subjects in detail, as they are all very relevant, but we hope we can inspire people with our stories and give our visitors food for thought. We hope to see you again at People's History Museum. Sara Ferri - Visitor Experience Supervisor
Written 1 May 2022
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Lucy T
6 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
I loved the history for worked to Margareth Tatcher did with first minister. She is a extraordinsry woman.
Written 24 April 2022
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Ron F
North Finchley, UK234 contributions
Apr 2022
Very good for kids, no doubt, less so for adults. If you have a bit of knowledge about history or politics, you won't learn that much new here, but it's presented well.
Written 18 April 2022
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Hi Ron, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are happy to hear that you've found People's History Museum a good place for kids, as we aim to be a family friendly spot. We do our best to communicate the stories of the past, present and future of democracy in Britain using a language as clear as possible, in order to make our content accessible to people of all ages. At the same time, we appreciate our visitor's feedback as we are constantly working on improving ourselves and the way we tell our stories. We hope to see you again. Sara Ferri - Visitor Experience Supervisor
Written 22 April 2022
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Maya G
Oakland, California4 contributions
Apr 2022
I was so lit up and energized and inspired by my visit to the People's History Museum. It's an *extraordinary* museum which tells the ongoing histories of working people fighting for the right to determine their political destiny.

Designed with all kinds of tactile (but not cheesy) interactive exhibits. Visually beautiful images and objects. All narrated with engaging wall text that is simple and clear without being dumbed down. Totally appealing for kids and families--and without compromising any of the ideas. That's really difficult to pull off! A curatorial triumph! Particularly moved by how they braid present-day concerns with historical fights for freedom.

The building is beautiful, the staff friendly and committed to the mission, the cafe lovely, the location wonderful if you're spending the day wandering around Manchester. Do not miss this museum!
Written 15 April 2022
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Hi Maya - what a lovely review! We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the museum and are so positive about the ways in which we present the struggles of ordinary people. We try very hard to communicate our stories to people of all ages, so it's great to get such a positive endorsement. Many thanks. Bob Dinn, Visitor Experience Supervisor
Written 18 April 2022
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John R
Glasgow, UK9 contributions
Apr 2022
Just fantastic. Perhaps a more appropriate name would be the National Museum for Democracy, because that's basically what this free museum is. Well organised in a beautifully light building not far from Manchester city centre. Great staff always on hand to answer any questions. Entry is free - you will come away better informed, and that's needed more than ever in the current climate. Please support their invaluable work in any way you can. Lovely cafe and a great gift shop with a clear focus on education. We also saw a brilliant twenty minute performance about the experiences of migration. Thanks to the brilliant staff.
Written 15 April 2022
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Hi JB Reardon. Thank you so much for your 5* review - we are really pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the museum so much. We are very proud of our committed staff who work hard to communicate the stories contained in our collection. Come again soon and spread the word! Bob Dinn, Visitor Experience Supervisor
Written 18 April 2022
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