Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester

Devoted to the development of science, technology, and industry, Museum of Science & Industry has a number of permanent galleries spread over five historic buildings. Stop by to see the museum’s extensive displays on the themes of transport (cars, aircraft, and locomotives), power (water, electricity, steam, and gas engines), textiles, communications, and computing. Located on the site of the world’s first railway station, the Manchester Liverpool Road station, the museum offers steam train rides on selected dates. Check online for special events and temporary exhibits. This is a good choice on a rainy day. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Manchester using our trip planner.
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  • Visited the museum yesterday as a rainy day activity. First problem: theres no carpark. Which I already knew, but at just under £6 for 2hrs you may as well stay in the ncp round the corner and stay a ...  more »
  • A really interesting museum! Lots of stuff to see and there was a STEM event on for kids when we went.  more »
  • You are going to Manchester a few days, you can not forget to go through this Museum! If you go with children better! It is a museum very interactive and suitable for the smallest of the family! The elderly can enjoy of how cotton, see model and ancient machines of locomotion... Very interesting and free! The only thing that closes at 5 pm!
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  • Entry is free to main museum with a suggested donation of £3 (Oct 2017). There are a few interesting (free) exhibitions including textile technology and the social rules that went with it. There is also a exhibit for steam engines and some trains and carriages. Across the road in is the aerospace hangar where yiu can see some planes Unfortunately to get the best experience you need to pay for some attractions, which I suppose let's the museum offer more variety with attracting external exhibitions and let's you tailor your visit. Bit hard on the pocket sometimes though.Overall enjoyable family experience.
  • Great place to visit if you have some time to kill or if you want learn more about the city! Really good with kids and really interactive! Love it here. Free to get in but there are things you can pay for. Donations are appreciated.
  • We had a great time at the museum. We visited the the robots exhibition after seeing it on the local news. It was really interesting. I also liked the science festival which was on at the same time. This time we didn't look around the main part of the museum but we will definitely go back some time to see the rest.
  • This museum helps bring to life the history of the UK's Industrial Revolution. Spread out over three buildings, the exhibits are fascinating reminders of how integral Manchester's role was and the amazing machines that came into being at that time. The exhibits also feature more recent inventions, of course - but all built on the back of the amazing innovations that came before. Ideally, a whole day is needed to fully tour around this place.
  • Really nice, big museum with lots of things for everyone. Didn't try the restaurants, but there are a couple to choose from and a picnic area for you to bring your own food. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable and best of all it's free (but a donation of a few pounds is suggested). Well worth a visit.

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Some of Manchester's finest hotels are located near the city center. Staying there will keep you close to all of the city's main attractions, as well as its main road and rail networks. Manchester's centrally located hotels boast modern rooms, good food, and friendly staff. From there you can easily explore Manchester's famous pubs, rooftop bars, and restaurants. For a more leisurely and quiet experience of the city, venture farther away from the central areas. There you can explore a world of relatively inexpensive boutique hotels and self-catering apartments, especially convenient for visitors using Manchester as a base for exploring northern England and North Wales. 
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