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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  • Lots of different halls, exhibits and machinery to visit. Kids were particularly enamoured with the old planes. Some kiddy rides available in the courtyard. Gift shop a wee bit pricey. Very busy, even...  more »
  • Impromptu visit with my family to show the grandsons Tim Peak descent module.. Watched a demo about the rocket launch, which was very informative followed by a really fun audience participation demo o...  more »
  • Good museum, with lots of history. Clean and well Kept and it’s free of charge which is a bonus for everybody!  more »
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  • Inspirational museum with outstanding exhibits and really well thoughtful presentation. Cannot recommend it highly enough... As well as being on the site of the world’s first train station, the aviation and computing sections were great. Finally do not miss the exhibit on textiles and the textiles industry - it is truly world-class and the kids were totally absorbed by it.
  • Giving it an extra star because the staff are helpful. But what is the point? Exhibits don't work or are missing vital components. There are pictures where a physical object would be better and inexpensive. Descriptions are small and superficial for what is on display. There's a large "interactive" exhibit as you walk in that takes your picture and puts it on monitors hanging from the ceiling. Worth a visit if you have a spare half hour to burn, but not worth a special trip.
  • Had a fantastic time here with my 18 month old. Lots of interesting and interactive exhibits that she really enjoyed and had fun playing with. Food options were good too, with a café and bistro on site. Only a couple of minor negatives: I found the doors around the museum really hard to open on my own with a pram, and the site itself is quite large so there is a decent amount of walking to do. Other than that, brilliant!
  • Well I took my 2 year old and we had great fun. Aeroplane area - best bit. But I'm told t Power house - great fun, but cold in winter. Working open train which is cool. Station house - closed Electrical area - closed Grass area - closed. 1830 Warehouse - one small exhibition (not the best) Great warehouse - lots of things to see and working cotton show is worth a watch for older kids. Cafe - good! Let's hope they keep growing this place. Making it better n Better.
  • Love this place as a young teen and still do now as a full grown man. The whole family can enjoy this place and should be on the to-do list for anyone visiting Manchester young or old. The warehouse (pictured) full of old planes is probably the highlight for any dads out there and the main building is gonna be gripping for the little ones, the paid displays are inactive. The cafe and the gift shop are reasonably priced. The bathrooms are good and easy to find. The fact some displays are paid for is a let down, I wanna learn for free!
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