The Museum tells the story of public road transport in Greater Manchester from its very beginnings in 1824 to the present day. The collection spans over 100 years, from an 1890s horse bus to a full size prototype Metrolink tram.
The Museum’s focus is the history of road passenger transport in Greater Manchester and there are over seventy buses and other vehicles on display. It is a 'working' museum, with as many vehicles as possible maintained in full working order. This helps give the Museum the atmosphere of a bus garage of bygone years, lending a realistic setting to the vehicles themselves. Maintenance and restoration is undertaken by the Museum's volunteers.
You can look inside several vehicles but some are fragile, so unfortunately not all can open. Please ask staff if you would like to see inside a particular vehicle. Vehicles often move around and many are on the road, so not all of the collection will be on public display when you visit.
Although a major feature of the Museum is the varied display of vehicles, there is an additional emphasis on the smaller but no less interesting items associated with road transport. These have been assembled and form the Museum’s Object Collection. Not all of the exhibits are on continuous display as the collection consists of far more material than there is space to display.
There is an extensive collection of documents relating to the transport history of Greater Manchester. This includes virtually every published book on local transport history, technical workshop manuals, around 200 periodical titles, over 2,000 time and fare tables, annual reports and accounts, commemorative brochures, Acts of Parliament, and examples of tickets from all the Greater Manchester operators.
With a collection of several thousand photographs, transparencies and glass plate negatives, film and video, taken by official photographers, manufacturers or interested amateurs, depicting buses, trams, trolleybuses, personnel, buildings, street scenes or events are held in their comprehensive image collection.
Holding the official publicity archives of Transport for Greater Manchester, with the collection of 'Job Bags' holds the historical records of publicity material, together with examples of the finished products. Material ranges from leaflets to Bus Guides, bus interior coving posters and adverts to beer mats!
There is also publicity material from manufacturers of vehicles, ticketing and other equipment, and from operators for holidays, tours and excursions, supported by posters for such activities.
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4:30pm
Open every day in August
Open Bank holidays - closed over Christmas, please check website for opening times around Christmas period.
Over 60: £2.00
Under 16: free (must be accompanied by an adult)
GMTS members and TfGM staff visit free
Employees of Metrolink and GM bus operators visit free, except at events.
*Different charges may apply on event days
*Proof of status is required to qualify for all discounts
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