Science and Industry Museum

Science and Industry Museum

Science and Industry Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Science and Industry Museum sits in the heart of Manchester, the world's first industrial city. It houses the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station and the world's first railway warehouse from 1830, which are located at the end of the museum site. On a visit to the museum, you will see amazing objects and learn about the men and women whose ideas changed the world forever. Daily demonstrations bring the museum's world class collection of textile and industrial machinery to life. There are interactive exhibits to explore and a regular programme of changing exhibitions to enjoy.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Deansgate-Castlefield • 5 min walk
  • St Peter's Square • 9 min walk
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  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marvellous account of the powerhouse the city was
    From the Baby Computer back to being the world’s first industrial city, it is all fabulously told. Even though some of the complex was closed for renovations, there was sufficient for an engaging couple of hours. An evocative replica of the Manchester Baby of 1948 with its tubes and valves is tremendous. And shows the innovations and progress made by the city and its inventers and scientists since its heyday as the textile capital of the world. Much space is given to the textile and cotton industries that led to it being referred to as Cottonopolis. It doesn't shy away from the odious consequences of this, which was the horrific transatlantic slave trade. Dangerous and unhealthy conditions were the everyday fate for the tens of thousands of mill workers and their families.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Lizzie6269
    Burnley, United Kingdom
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum but kicked out of the shop
    We had a great time at the museum today. We spent around an hour in the museum exploring with my little girl but when we went to the shop we were told we were too late to buy our chosen book and toys as the store was closing so we had to put it all back which was so disappointing. Other than rude bald man in shop we had a lovely time
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Maureen B
    Regina, Canada
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    As an adult without children, I really enjoyed this museum. The information about cotton mills and production was very interesting and I learned a lot about the fabric that makes many of my clothes. The second floor has lots of interactive exhibits that the children there seemed to be enjoying. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Operation ouch
    We had a lovely, exhausting day. Kids loved the Operation Ouch bit so much that some of them came back the following week. A shame the trains aren’t open at the moment. We still managed to fill a day though :)
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 August 2023
  • AJP3322
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good
    Trip to see the Operation Ouch exhibition which was excellent and worth the money. Lots of interactive items for both kids and adult. General facilities good and clean. Only downside are the families with absolutely no manners. Kids shoving other kids out the way of activities and parents barging into everyone. If you have a back pack on remember it makes you bigger and keep an eye on your horrible kids. None of which is the museum’s fault just for people to note.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Chris A
    Heath Charnock, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For all ages
    We took our two grandchildren & we all enjoyed it. We made a donation of £5 each and it was well worth it. The kids were a little young to understand the significance of some of the games but they still loved it. Us adults enjoyed the learning about the history of Manchester’s industry. The cafe is excellent selling healthy food as well as some of the best scones I have ever had! Lastly, the staff are a very happy & helpful bunch who made us feel very welcome
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 September 2023
  • kayleigh b
    Newport, United Kingdom
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great fun without breaking the bank.
    Lovely museum with lots to see. It has somewhere to eat and those cute penny mangle machines. It was very child friendly and the staff were wonderful giving a talk to them. It’s free to go in but you can give a donation. Easy to get to whilst walking around Manchester too!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Katy G
    London, United Kingdom
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum but partially closed
    Years before this visit, I worked for the Science Museum in London, so had been to MOSI often and so it was a little disappointing that so much was closed but at the same time, glad it is being improved. My partner was very impressed with what we could still see, particularly the room with the industrial looms and the displays on the history of computing. The building itself is also impressively industrial. Will certainly come back when the renovation is complete.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Vanda
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating look into Manchester's Industrial Heritage
    A must-visit for anyone interested in the city's industrial history. From the earliest cotton mills to the latest advances in science and technology, the museum offers an engaging and informative look into how the city has evolved over the years. The interactive exhibits and displays will keep you captivated for hours, while the knowledgeable staff are always on hand to answer any questions you may have.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 October 2023
  • Maria
    London, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating journey through science and industry!
    It was blown away by the amazing exhibits and interactive displays. From the history of the industrial revolution to the latest advances in science and technology, the museum offers something for everyone. The knowledgeable staff were very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend a visit to this fascinating museum - it's sure to be an enjoyable and educational experience!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 October 2023
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Paul H
Surrey, UK
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
There are some interesting exhibits at the Science Museum, but I did find I just wandered through in quite a short amount of time. I just missed a talk and presumably a demonstration of the looms but there was nothing to say when the next demonstration would be. There's a nice area on the top floor for kids and overgrown kids to experiment and the cafe was good.
Written 13 June 2024
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SDhol
Peak District, UK
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I agree with other reviews saying it’s nothing like as good as it used to be, in fact there’s not much there at all. I would say 50% of what is there is aimed at under 10s too. Nothing wrong with having some kiddy stuff, but when I went there with my 13 year old today it felt more like a crèche than a museum.
It’s a real shame for a place like Manchester, especially when it used to be such an excellent place to visit.
Written 30 May 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
A go to museum for me and my family, one of our favourite places to visit. Helpful and friendly staff who are always around to help.
Written 28 May 2024
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FfiB
Wales, UK
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We visited during the half term with 2 children (13 and 10). We went to the cafe first, although it was very busy and enjoyed a coffee and cake. Staff were busy but very efficient and we're quickly cleaning tables between customers. We used the lockers on the ground floor, for £1 each, very handy. The main museum was quite boring for our children who didn't show much interest in the history side, however the Exploration floor was very popular and they both enjoyed getting hands on with the activities. This area was VERY busy however (cant be helped as it was half term) so lots of waiting for turns etc. Only stayed for an hour or so and we called it a day. Would have been disappointed if we had paid an entry fee, but given it was free, it was an enjoyable couple of hours.
Written 28 May 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Loved the operation ouch exhibition. Something for all ages. Fun things to do for kids in main exhibition. Lovely healthy cafe. Much improved for kids. Despite half being refurbished and aeroplane hall closed down there was still lots to do
Written 26 May 2024
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Les H
Meopham
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Visited MOSI with my Grandson who is at Manchester University. It was a very interesting visit. However, I was a little disappointed that the large machine that I saw there many years ago, was absent. I am also a little dismayed to see some political issues being introduced, when I would have thought the main emphasis should be on Science and Industry alone, but that is only my opinion.
Written 15 May 2024
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andreaz332018
Lake Macquarie, Australia
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Mainly came for the Stephen Hawking exhibit. It was as terrible as the rest of the museum. Loveless, hard to read displays. Smelly toilets. Struggled to stay an hour.
Written 9 May 2024
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
So I have to honestly say this is place is seriously outdated now, I've been here on school trips in 1989 onwards, brought my own kids here and it hasn't changed 1 bit,

Time to invest and re invent
Written 4 May 2024
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Emily
London, UK
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Came here as I had some time to use up,
not much exhibits to see, but very interesting.
A large interactive area for children as well.
Staff were friendly & helpful.
Worth a visit.
Written 4 May 2024
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joanne
Burnley, UK
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I booked the operation ouch part and this was fantastic. But the rest of the museum is also really interesting.
It’s having a lot of work done so k no it everything is open but we still spent a good few hours. On level one loads of interesting parts to explore and in good condition which considering they’ve been there for years I was pleasantly surprised it wasn’t all out of order.

Clean and well maintained.
Written 28 April 2024
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