From a journey around the body, to the birth of computing to lifting a Mini, there’s a great day out at the Science and Industry Museum this February half term.
From Saturday 12 to Sunday 27 February, families can find plenty of science-filled fun and discovery at one of Manchester’s most loved attractions, exploring a whole host of family favourites alongside brand-new construction and body-themed experiences every day during the holiday.
Come and discover the fascinating science behind our bodies through activities especially created to mark the museum’s newest exhibition, the world-first Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope.
Every day the museum's team of Explainers will be presenting activities that will reveal some of the different ways we can see inside our bodies at Science Stops across the museum, from microscopes and magnets to high-tech cameras and the chance to make a model cell badge to take away.
Fans of the 1965 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang can discover the charming final work of one of Britain’s best loved artists and sculptors, Rowland Emett, the creator of the inventions of Caractacus Potts in the classic film.
On display in Manchester for the first time in the museum’s Textiles Gallery visitors can see two scenes from the fantastical work of art named A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley, telling the story of a journey aboard the imaginary ‘Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Railway,’ based on one of his cartoons.
The two scenes—Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Railway featuring the ‘Wild Goose’ locomotive, and Oyster Creek—come to life four times a day (11.30, 12.00, 13.00 and 14.00). Treating visitors to the whirring of cogs and characters toasting teacakes and diving, while also revealing what this whimsical sculpture has in common with the museum's thundering textiles machinery.
If that wasn’t enough, the Revolution Manchester Show is back to bring the Mancunian ideas that changed the world to life in a fun and interactive, high-paced experience.
Visitors can continue to find amazing stories in the rest of the galleries including Experiment, a favourite among family visitors, where science is brought to life through a series of interactive exhibits, from lifting a Mini car to creating a hurricane. Step out into our cobbled Upper Yard to see what’s springing to life in our Planting Stories garden and see the museum’s multi-million pound restoration programme taking shape.
Especially for our youngest visitors, Mini Movers is back for half term inviting little people to roll, clank, whirr and clack their way round the Textiles Gallery, thinking about how the machines in the museum and construction currently taking place across the site work.
Plus make sure you ask for the museum’s new Construction Packs, which include wooden tools, high-vis jackets and hard hats for Mini Inventors to use to explore the museum and construction work happening on site.
For older families there is the unmissable Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope.
Created with support from expert partner Cancer Research UK, it is the first major object-rich exhibition to explore the revolution in science transforming cancer care, giving visitors the opportunity to discover the past, present and future of how cancer is prevented, detected and treated. Suitable for children aged 8 and older, free tickets are available to book online.
The Science and Industry Museum is currently going through a multi-million pound restoration programme, meaning some areas including the Power Hall remain closed to the public. However, there’s still plenty for families to do, see and enjoy during the holiday period.
Tickets for February half term are available now and can be booked in advance through the museum’s website (www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk) or by calling 033 0058 0058.
Other activities available at the Science and Industry Museum include:
The Revolution Manchester Show
Daily shows 12–27 February at 11.15 and 13.00
Recommended for ages 5 and older
Join our expert Explainers for an action-packed show that tells the story of how science met industry right here in Manchester, building our world and shaping our lives today.
Meet Baby demonstration
Demonstrations Wednesday – Friday
Recommended for ages 12 and older
The Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine, nicknamed ‘Baby’, was the first computer to store and run a program. Watch volunteers run our replica Baby and see how far computing has come since 1948.
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ABOUT THE SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY MUSEUM
The Science and Industry Museum tells the story of where science met industry and the modern world began. Manchester was one of the first global industrial cities, and its epic rise, decline and resurrection has been echoed in countless other cities around the world. The museum's mission is to inspire all its visitors, including future scientists and inventors, with the story of how ideas can change the world, from the industrial revolution to today and beyond.
The Science and Industry Museum is on the site of Liverpool Road Station, which was the Manchester terminus of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, the world's first purpose-built passenger railway. Among its internationally significant buildings are the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station and the world's first railway goods warehouse. In total, there are two Grade I listed buildings and four Grade II listed buildings on the site.
The Science and Industry Museum is part of the Science Museum Group, a family of museums which also includes the Science Museum in London; the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon; and the Science and Media Museum in Bradford. The Science Museum Group is devoted to the history and contemporary practice of science, medicine, technology, industry and media. With five million visitors each year and an unrivalled collection, it is the most significant group of museums of science and innovation worldwide.