Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester

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Liverpool Road, Manchester, United Kingdom

Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester Reviews

hujera hujera
55 reviews
Go back in time of the industrial revolution Dec 08, 2012
I spent a day in Manchester. I think, that if you are interested in the city, you can make just a day visit. I found interesting places there, old ones as well as modern ones.

One of them is this museum, where you can see the success of the industrial past of the UK. From the machines for the textile industry, computers, engines to planes and also the place used to be a railway station (see - there was the first railway for personal transport operated in the UK between Liverpool and Manchester opened in 1830.

The entry is free, you can donate something, if you want to contribute. The lovers of steam, power and machines will find their place in the museum...
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sarahelaine sarahela…
651 reviews
MOSI Manchester Mar 19, 2010
The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester is a really interesting museum focusing on the industrial and scientific heritage of Manchester, which is far, far more interesting than I just made it sound. It is housed in Castlefield, a short distance from the city centre and about five minutes walk from the Hilton Tower.

The museum is free, although they ask for a three pound donation. Given that a similar museum in America or Europe might be £10, I think you should donate if you can, because it really is interesting and must cost a fortune to run.

It is currently under refurbishment (March 2010) and I'm keen to go back once they are finished. There are several zones of the museum, including one on communications (with some really old televisions and phones, and alarmingly, some I remember from being a small Sarah...), a zone explaining Manchester's textile industry, a whole room full of engines and power, and the preserved building that the first passenger station in the UK (and I think the world) used to be in. The flight and space hall has loads of planes and things and is really interesting.

There are steam train rides available for a small fee, and the textiles looms are fired up a couple of times a day in peak season. There are also loads of interesting display boards, importantly with buttons for small children (or me) to press.

Disabled access would be good, although some of the displays might be a little visual for partially sighted visitors. Kids would be fascinated with all the buttons, although if you have time, it might be worth doing it over a couple of separate visits, especially as it is free, because there is a lot to take in all at once.

Well worth a visit if you are interested in industrial history, science, making your mother feel old when she sees a phone just like the one she used to have, or pressing buttons.
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sarahthevegasbride says:
I have been here too.
Posted on: Sep 23, 2010
davidx says:
I seem to be always making silly mistakes ! The comment on the last one should have been here. My grandson, at the age of 10 put this second only to the Man United shop!
Posted on: Sep 08, 2010
sarahthevegasbride sarahthe…
69 reviews
Great trains! Sep 26, 2010
The museum of Science & Industry is worth 2 -3 hours of your time, best of all its FREE.

The museum consists of 5 halls, the main building, 1830 warehouse, station building, power hall and the Air and Space hall.

Some great trains, aeroplanes and cars and all forms of transport.

The MOSI is located on the site of the worlds oldest surviving purpose- built passenger railway station.

If your in the manchester area worth visiting.
matthew matthew
41 reviews
MoSI Mar 18, 2009
Ok, this is a geeky science museum, but it is fun. The Museum of Science and Industry is huge. It is cleverly split over five zones and offers a route around where you can see all it has on offer. Be warned, to see everything, you will be overloaded with information, and it will take you the best part of your day.

(1) The Main Building: This takes you through some of Manchester's rich scientific history. Some of the most famous names from the Science World came from or practiced in Manchester. For example: John Dalton - the founder of modern chemistry, James Joule - proved heat is any and his name is the recognised unit for energy, Ernst Rutherford - split the atom at Manchester University and changed thinking on an atomical level, Bernard Lovell - developed radar systems and worked on radio waves. He now has the Jodrell Bank telescope named after him.

(2) The Station Building: This is the World's oldest passenger station (Liverpool Road Station).

(3) Warehouse: Connected to the main building via a Roman Sewer, it contains many interesting artifacts and stories from yestercenturary.

(4) Industrial: This houses old original steam trains and power generators and these are often presented in their original working order.

(5) Hangar: Contains several generations of aircraft, cars, and motorbikes including (my favourite) Mitchell's master stroke, the Spitfire.

It's completely free and has reasonably priced food and drinks available in the main building. If you're wanting to kill a few hours or to escape the typical Manchester rain, this would not be a bad option.
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matthew says:
tiz true. Thanks David
Posted on: Sep 08, 2010
davidx says:
This museum is good for almost al ages.
Posted on: Sep 08, 2010
RJ82 says:
you go to museums? hahah is then when you accidentally stumble into one cause of drunken stupor? kidding!
Posted on: Jul 10, 2009

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