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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 at the Open Kitchen café and bar.

People’s History Museum is open every Wednesday to Sunday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.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.

Open Kitchen Café and Bar 

Open Kitchen is committed to fighting for a sustainable and fair food future. As the first museum café and bar in the country that intercepts perfectly edible food that would otherwise go to waste, join this food revolution and enjoy a sustainable, ethical and delicious food experience each time you visit.

Featuring a locally and ethically sourced delicious all-day menu that rotates seasonally and prioritises organic, independent, short supply chains, Open Kitchen proudly offers a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and drinks to grab and go, or sit in and enjoy, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options also available.

Corin Bell, Founder and Director at Open Kitchen, says,

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with People’s History Museum on this exciting new venture.  Affordable good food for all has always been something that we’re really passionate advocates for.  To site our new cafe within the museum of democracy, equality, and rights, especially as the debate about the Right to Food rages, just feels like a perfect fit.”

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 Open Kitchen café and bar.
  • Celebrates the stories of the radical thinkers whose big ideas have shaped our society, and invites you to Join the Radicals