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Power hall at MOSI
I had some leave to use up, and as it has been a busy few weeks, I spent it wandering around Manchester with a vacant expression on my face taking random photos of things.  I ended up going to the Manchester Art Gallery and the Museum of Science and Industry. 

The Art gallery was nothing special.  The downstairs is a total mess, overly full up and badly curated.  I can see what they were trying to achieve; the display is sort of about the spirit of Manchester, which is the sort of thing that used to be done extremely well by Urbis (oh, how I miss Urbis!).  But there are too many things placed to close together, with too little space to move around and see them.
Power hall at MOSI
  The sound installations clash with each other and people can't get past to see things.

The upstairs is a bit better done, but could really do with sound baffles in the temporary displays.  The acoustics don't help, as even when school groups are being really good they echo and sound like a swimming pool.  There was a temporary exhibition about Goya, which was OK, and another one of contemporary Indian, Chinese and Japanese art.  Again, it was OK, but I have seen far better in Amsterdam and Edinburgh.  It was, again, poorly laid out with no way of knowing what labels applied to which art.  I left quite quickly and went to MOSI.

MOSI is the exact opposite.  There is a lot to see, and a lot of that is big loud machines.  But it is  well laid out, interesting, and has the right balance of signs for the grownups and buttons for the kids.
Mural at MOSI
  The temporary Da Vinci exhibition was slightly dissapointing in that there was very little to play with and some of the models were broken, but I didn't mind much because the free, permanent displays were so good.  There are displays about the Manchester aeronautical industry (no, I didn't know they had one either) and Manchester company Rolls Royce (more news to me!), some big displays about the textile trade and cotton industry, and lots of steam trains.  One of the steam trains is a bit dismantled so you can see what's inside, which is a little unnerving if you grew up watching Thomas the Tank Engine!  I think in the summer they have short train rides and demonstrations of the cotton looms.  There is also a display about the evolution of TV and phone technology which was great.  It's well worth a trip.

in the evening, we went to see The Automatic play Academy Three, a tiny venue inside the student union.  They were really great, and it was weird because a year or so ago they were huge and they played to a crowd of about fifty people, but they were still really energetic and great fun.  You should see them if you get the chance. 
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Power hall at MOSI
Power hall at MOSI
Power hall at MOSI
Power hall at MOSI
Mural at MOSI
Mural at MOSI
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Bridgewater Hall
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