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Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester

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Science Museum Museum
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. Put Museum of Science & Industry at the forefront of your travel plans using our Manchester trip itinerary maker.
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  • This was a return visit to Manchester after a 30 year break. We went specifically to see the Graphene and textile sections but were drawn in by the excellent Air Display in the Old Market building and...  more »
  • A great, interactive museum, lota of studd to do and look at. Look out for special events, we went to the gaming retrospective exhibition and rediscovered oue love of Duck Hunt and Micro Machines. Fab...  more »
  • There is something for everyone here. It is a great place to visit with lots to see, learn and be amazed by. A great day out and not to be missed...  more »
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  • A fantastic museum, one of my favourites in Manchester. So why four stars rather than five? Because some of my favourite exhibits, the gas gallery and underground Manchester, are closed and aren't due to reopen until 2018. Setting that aside though, there's still a huge amount to see. One of my other favourite areas is the steam gallery where you can see a variety of engines running as well as the pumps used for hydraulic power in Manchester.
  • Great exhibits and interesting displays. The airplanes and engines are really impressive to look at and see just how far we've come and yet so little has changed. It's free too and there is no excuse to not come have a look!
  • Absolutely excellent museum. Very clean. Quite impressive, in fact. So many exhibits for all ages (your kids will love it) and extremely modern, and technological architecture. You'll be impressed how good this museum is. They do limit their exhibitions to ones related to History (particularly to do with Manchester) and Physics to be honest, so it's not all science.
  • Lack of storyline. With the material they have, it will be much better if there is a story line to guide/direct people to walk around all of the objects. You can tell that the museum hasn't got any soul by many of the sites that looks like no one has been there for a month.
  • A fabulous day out for all the family. Good transport links. Have also visited with school and lots if great workshops take place for the children.