The museum was one of the cities earliest police stations and has been lovingly restored to reflect the reality of policing in the late 1800ís/early 1900ís.The archives enable you to experience what it was really like for officers in a busy Victorian police station. You will also get to see how policing has changed over the years and see how the police meet the needs of today's society.
They hold special open events during the school holidays and although at these times it is incredibly busy it is well worth it. When we visited this week my daughter got to sit on a police motorbike and sit in a police van. They also had lots of volunteers on hand to talk about the artefacts.
At the museum you get to see where Manchesterís criminals were charged and fingerprinted before being put into the cells. They were often packed with up to twelve men on a busy night! You can also take a seat on one of the cell beds with their wooden pillows!
Upstairs they also have the polished wood panels and stained glass from a 1985 Magistrate's Court. Here you get to experience how inmates would have felt standing in the dock!
There are lots of things to do nearby too, to make more of a day of it. We combined our visit with the family friendly restaurant Yard and Coop. We also had a walk round Piccadilly Gardens and spent time looking at all the graffiti in the Northern Quarter!
Feedback from the Facebook page:
"What a great visit we had! Didn't know what to expect but was very impressed by the fact it's free, which is always helpful in half term week!, but also ran by a set of fantastic volunteers. Lots of informative stuff to see and read together with a brilliant courtroom rebuilt by hand from Denton Court, returned to its full former glory. Great to see what it was like before everything we have now was even invented. Great stuff"
"What a fabulous place. We had an amazing day at gmp museum today."
Useful information: Address: 57a Newton Street, Manchester M1 1ET
Opening hours: Tuesdays 10.30am until 3.30pm