The history of Greater Manchester Police is consecrated to Newton Street where the police headquarters used to be located in the Victorian era. The entrance decor is a fine testament to that time. However, today the museum sits rather unassumingly amidst the bustling wholesale fashion shops and a Newton Street post office.
You will be taken back to the years when Manchester was lit by gas lamps, inhabited by immigrants, and plagued by street crime. On display in the museum are the police uniform and paraphernalia, while the fans of forensic science will delight in several blood-chilling stories. As befits any museum of this type, there is an example of a prison cell, complete with a wooden pillow. Truly, it was hard to be a criminal in the 19th century.
Admission is free, and the museum site states that photography for non-commercial purposes is permitted.
'Allo, 'allo, 'allo, what's all this then? A Police museum?
Actually, it's surprisingly fascinating. If you want to see what your local bobby would mostly have been sporting up to 100 years ago, and if you fancy yourself a modern day Sherlock Holmes, then I highly recommend this museum.
Housed in historic Newton Street Police Station, you can still see the the original Victorian cells with their wooden pillows, the 1895 Magistrates' Court and a gallery of vehicles and accessories used by police over the last century. Learn a thing or two about forensic science and forgery or browse the gallery of historic photos. It's fascinating and better still, it's free.
N.B It's only open on Tuesdays
One of the free museums in Manchester, if you know that you will be there on a Tuesday then it is worth phoning and booking to go here. There are plenty of interesting exhibits including a trip around the cells, and bits about forgery and forensics.
There is no cafe on the site, but as long as you are aware of this and plan your visit accordingly then it isn't a problem. There is also no parking, but with plenty of car parks in and around the area this too is not an issue.
Cracking little place, some great exhibits including an original Peelers uniform. Helpful staff and like Angela B says its FREE.
Another one of the many free museums in Manchester.The only bad thing about this is that it is only open on a Tuesday which i learned the hard way the first time i attempted to visit the area.This used to be a police station from 1879-1979 and has loads of old uniforms and weapons etc.You can also visit the old cells.
Interested in 'Cop-ology?' Visit the surreal and slightly strange Police Museum, housed in an old victorian cop shop in Newton Street. It is a real reluctant attraction - only open on Tuesdays and visits by appointment only. Its a shame because there are some interesting exhibits from long ago - lots of sepia tinted photos, uniforms and an eerie tour of the original holding cells. You'll be amazed at the peculiar crime fighting eqipment used by the boys in blue in the good old days
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