Greater Manchester Police Museum & Archives

57a Newton St, Manchester, M1 1ET Directions

Tel 0161 856 3287
   Closed today Open Tuesday 10:30 - 15:30

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'One of the city's best-kept secrets is this superb museum' Lonely Planet - Great Britain 2009


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Imagine stepping back in time to a Victorian Manchester, not the city of commerce and corporate splendour but a hidden city of gas lamps and narrow alleys, of slums and unruly alehouses.
Now imagine a busy police station in the heart of the city from where police officers arrested criminals and upheld the law.
Housed in this once busy Victorian police station, the museum was opened in 1981. It has featured in numerous tv and radio programmes and is popular with researchers and group visits. Open every Tuesday, the museum is accessible other weekdays by appointment. The building has access ramps, a lift to all floors and toilets on each floor. There is also a small retail/ information point.
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The Greater Manchester Police Museum

I'd lived in Manchester for 15 years or so before finally getting around to going to the Police Museum - but it was a lovely little potter about and worth making the effort to go

It is only open on a Tuesday, which I guess does reduce the opportunity to just pop in when you are in town, but if you can avoid the groups of school children, it is a quiet and interesting little place to spend some time

The exhibits are a little worn and tatty, but the exhibits taken from the riots at Strangeways were poignant and thought-provoking

The staff there were helpful and eager to chat about the museum but were not overly intrusive - a lovely gem of a museum!
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