The Greater Manchester Police Museum is a small museum with displays about the history of the Greater Manchester Police. The museum gets excellent reviews from visitors but it is only open one day a week.
What to see at the Greater Manchester Police Museum
The museum is housed in the former Newton Street Police Station, which operated from 1879 until 1979 and it was converted to a museum in 1981.
For such a small museum, there is actually quite a bit to see and exhibits depict the history and development of the police service including the role of special constables, and the history of women in policing and the museum also has displays about police vehicles and police uniforms. There is even an area where children are able to dress up in a police uniform.
The museum is staffed by volunteers, many of whom are former police officers.
Visiting the Greater Manchester Police Museum
The Greater Manchester Police Museum is on Newton Street in the Northern Quarter next door to the Cow Hollow Hotel. The museum is less than a 10-minute walk to the Arndale Centre, the Central Retail District, Manchester Piccadilly railway station and all areas of the Northern Quarter.
Entry to the museum is free, but it is only open on Tuesdays (Thursdays as well if you visit during school holidays). Because it is usually only open one day a week there can be queues to get inside particularly during busier times of the year.
There is a small gift shop that has some unique police-themed souvenirs but there is no museum cafe. However, the museum’s location in the heart of the Northern Quarter means that there are plenty of places to eat and drink nearby.
Although it is a small museum, there is a lot to see and you can easily spend a couple of hours here.