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Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester
(4.4/5 based on 5,000+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I have been to this museum many, many times over the years and always thoroughly enjoyed it, hence the reason I returned. I have visted on my own, with mates and with friends and family who were visit...  more »
  • I visited three times while living in Manchester. It is well-laid out, and there is so much to it, almost impossible to fit it all in in one afternoon. Suitable for all ages and very insightful, you w...  more »
  • This was a nice day out with family. Interesting displays and quite a lot of interactive parts to learn more in. Really good for those interested in older machinery, will definitely be bringing my dad...  more »
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  • It's an interesting place to learn more about science and the history of previous industrial eras. The interactive part is one of the best things in the museum. We liked the design inside with the centre light piece as one of the best things. It will keep you entertained for an hour or two but that's fine for us.
  • What an amazing place. Free entry 'with a recommended £3 donation per person'. And the amount of activities they have on this weekend has been amazing. We love taking a family photo and getting it on the TVs here. And between the steam room, which was hot today as it was running, and the cotton mill to the activities they have put on over the summer holidays. And the air and space hall across the road. Lots to see and do with the kids.
  • Excellent building in which to hold a conference on the top floor, but more than that, it's a fabulous Museum! There is tons to look at, shows to watch and almost half the exhibits are hands-on for children to explore and interact with. Across the road is Transport, there's the Steam Train outside and the Media Museum really is a visit on it's own. Awesomely handy location right in the centre, and almost within sight of cheap all-day parking.
  • Visited with my mom when she was in the city and it was one of the best museums that I've been. People are nice and explain you everything and you can even try puzzles and understand physics in a very easy way. The old machinery is working and explained step by step. Good for families, train lovers, history or sciences fanatics. And the shop is really cool if you like a bit more geeky stuff.
  • I was never one for museums but when I was still a child there was a certain science museum in London where I kept going all the time... I thought this would be as fun and i guess I was disappointed. There are activities for children, but the adult that I now am was looking for something a little less, well, serious... I think that museums lose their use if you spend more time reading than interacting or looking. Especially for a science museum where there are all sorts of interesting things to talk about, it felt like the themes the museum focused on were perhaps not the most interesting. I must also say that the layout of the museum is quite confusing (multiple buildings, bad naming). There are some good parts though, i thought the train exhibition was nice and I would've probably been satisfied more if Id gotten to see the steam train running on rails (but sadly I arrived at a time with no such shows scheduled). The visit itself shouldn't take too long. If you rush it, you should be done in a bit more than an hour.