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Welcome to the People’s History Museum

People’s History Museum in Spinningfields, Manchester 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 programme with annual themes.  Winner of Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award.

Enjoy the main galleries, Changing Exhibition Gallery and Community Gallery, along with interactives and activities for visitors of all ages.  Browse the shop for unique books and gifts and round off your day with a bite to eat in The Left Bank cafe bar.

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 free to enter with a suggested donation of £5.  To find out about visiting the museum, its full exhibition and events programme visit phm.org.uk.

Facts & figures:

  • One of only two national museums in Manchester city centre
  • The first public building in Britain to be built with an extraordinary Corten metal shell
  • Contains 1,384 square metres of exhibition space
  • Displays almost 1,500 historic objects
  • Displays the largest number of trade union and other banners in the world
  • Allows visitors to see behind the scenes into Britain’s only conservation studio dedicated to the preservation of banners
  • Houses a unique archive containing the collections of the Labour Party, the Communist Party of Great Britain and much more
  • Offers an inspiring Learning Programme for all ages, from pre-school to adult learners
  • Has a dedicated Community Gallery open to individuals and groups to display their own exhibitions
  • Holds an exciting programme of public events throughout the year including tours, talks and performances
  • Attracts over 100,000 visitors a year
  • Continues to attract a higher proportion of foreign visitors than any other museum in the city
  • Has high quality spaces available to hire for meetings and events including the magnificent Engine Hall and the stunning Coal Store Conference Room
  • Has a gift shop selling a unique range of books, homeware and souvenirs based on the museum’s outstanding collections
  • Houses The Left Bank cafe bar, with the sunniest riverside terrace in the city!
  • Celebrates the stories of the radical thinkers whose big ideas have shaped our society, and invites you to Join the Radicals