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People's History Museum

People's History Museum (PHM) is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present, and future.

People's History Museum (PHM) 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.

The museum offers a powerful programme with annual themes; 2018 looked at representation and commemorated 100 years since the first women and all men won the right to vote in Britain, 2019 sees a year of activities around protest movements to mark the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, and the programme for 2020 will be on the theme of migration and identity.  Recent winner of Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award. 



People’s History Museum is open seven days a week from 10.00am to 5.00pm. 

Radical Lates are on the second Thursday each month, open until 8.00pm. 

The museum is fully accessible wherever possible, and are committed to making your visit as accessible as possible.

If you have queries or require any assistance please contact the museum in advance of your visit on 0161 838 9190.


On foot: The museum is on the corner of Left Bank and Bridge Street in the Spinningfields area of Manchester
city centre, 5 minutes’ walk from Waterstones bookshop on Deansgate

By bike: Bike racks are located outside The Left Bank cafe bar entrance on Bridge Street. Visit the Transport
for Greater Manchester website cycling pages for more information on cycling in Manchester
Rail stations:
- Salford Central (2 min walk)
- Manchester Victoria (15 min walk or 8 mins on free Metroshuttle 1 or 2)
- Manchester Piccadilly (20 min walk or 10 mins on free Metroshuttle 1, 2 or 3)
- Manchester Oxford Road (20 min walk or 10 mins on free Metroshuttle 2 or 3)

Metrolink stations:
- St Peter’s Square (10 min walk)
- Deansgate-Castlefield (15 min walk)

Bus stop (1, 8, 12, 25, 26, 31, 32, 36, 37, 50, X34): Bridge Street (2 min walk)

Free bus stops:
- No 1: Byrom Street (3 min walk)
- No 2: Bridge Street in peak times only; Mon-Fri, 6.30am – 9.10am & 4.00pm – 6.30pm (1 min walk) /
John Rylands Library, Deansgate (4 min walk)
Visit Transport for Greater Manchester free bus page for more information.

Car parks: New Quay Street, Spinningfields / Bridge Street (2-5 min walk)

Free parking for disabled drivers – when a valid Blue Badge is displayed in the vehicle
(as of 2013):
- On-street parking meters, without time limit (nearest meters: New Bailey Street)
- Pay & Display machine parking bays, without time limit (nearest bays: Stanley Street, on the opposite side of
the River Irwell to the museum)
- Designated on-street accessible parking bays, without time limit (nearest 5 bays: St Mary’s Street, off

Coaches: Drop off only outside the museum, opposite the main entrance on Left Bank. See Visit Manchester's
website for more information on coach parking in Manchester

Taxis: The nearest taxi rank is on Albert Square outside Manchester


The museum is free to enter with a suggested donation of £5.


New Ct St
Spinningfields Manchester
United Kingdom


  • Main Galleries

  • Temporary Exhibitions



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