Greater Manchester Police Museum, Manchester

(4.5/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
‘Explore Manchester’s hidden past – a labyrinth of alleyways and slums, interrupted only by the huge mills casting shadows below. An eerie underworld where police officers were kept busy apprehending unsavoury characters of all ages.

The Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives enables you to experience what life was really like for these officers in a busy Victorian police station.

You’ll also see how times have changed and how policing has evolved to meet today’s needs.

Located in the historic Northern Quarter of Manchester, the Museum was one of the cities earliest police stations and has been lovingly restored to reflect the reality of policing in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s.

See where Manchester’s criminals were charged and fingerprinted before being put into the cells, often packed with up to twelve men on a busy night! Why not take a seat on one of the cell beds with their wooden pillows.

Admire the polished wood panels and stained glass in the 1895 Magistrate’s Court and experience how inmates would have felt standing in the dock!
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  • The museum is only opened on Tuesdays (January 2017) as it's staffed by volunteers, so plan your trip mindfully. It's a great museum. The volunteers are very enthusiastic and are more than happy to ch...  more »
  • Top place, full of police history. Opens on a Tuesday. Very good to see how a police station used to operate, complete with original prison cells and police bikes and cars. Enjoyed it. 
  • The museum is really like taking a walk into history! Excellent little gem! You can see the old cells, historical police items, there's even an old replica police telephone box AND a mini replica cour...  more »
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  • A really fascinating morning looking at how policing has changed in Manchester over the centuries. Good displays in an original police station, but the best thing were the people. Ex bobbies talking about local police history going back to the 1800's and also sharing some of their own experiences from the 1960's onwards. A brilliant museum staffed by lovely volunteers who bring it all to life. Perhaps they should encourage schools and youngsters to visit, as we were told that groups of 6 or more could book private tours.
  • It's not the biggest museum in the world but it has great knowledgable staff who know about the police force in Manchester and how it's changed over the years. It's a fun place to visit and spend 45-60 minutes in it.
  • Lovely little place shame it's not open more
  • Free entrance, nice for kids.
  • Haven't Been. Decided I must visit though. No idea it was there, my fault. Thanks for opening times. Wishlist Vistit. Love Any Museums. :) 5* Simply for the reason it will be a learning experience because I have not been there yet. Lol. TY. XInternet researchezX. True Fun. :)