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Please note, the museum will be open on Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 May for half term.

Get creative and celebrate Manchester firsts at the Science and Industry Museum this spring holiday

This spring, the whole family can get creative at the Science and Industry Museum—discovering inspiring innovations, creating clever contraptions and getting stuck into construction-themed activities.

From 2 to 18 April celebrate Manchester Firsts and world-changing ideas at one of the city’s most loved attractions, and explore Manchester’s revolutionary heritage and the cutting-edge science happening here today with hands-on activities and live science shows. 

Visitors can build their own fun in the brand-new Mega Makers indoor playground (daily at 11.30–13.00 and 14.15–15.40). Stacking and connecting large foam cubes, bricks, cogs, curves and cylinders to see what creations they can make inspired by the building work currently happening to restore and transform the historic site.   

Inventors of all ages can investigate clever contraptions with expert Explainers at Science Stops around the museum, discover how to take an idea from a curious concept to a real-life creation, then get crafty and design their own inventions to solve problems you never knew you had.  

Get hands on and see science brought to life in the newly revamped Experiment gallery. Play and explore with the new selection of interactive experiences. Discover how warm or cold you are and learn about heat energy with a thermal camera, make magnetic art, and throw some shapes on the museum’s new interactive shadow wall. 

There’s plenty of fun activities for younger visitors too. Under 5s can borrow one of the Construction Packs containing a high-vis jacket, hard hat and wooden tools—everything little ones need to ‘work’ around the museum.  

Curious kids can settle down for story time (daily at 10.30–11.00 and 13.30–14.00) with the Explainer team as they enter the world of Izzy Gizmo, a girl who loves to invent, take part in the story with actions and props, and then explore the Mega Makers activity to make their very own inventions.  

The Science and Industry Museum is currently going through a multi-million pound restoration programme. This means some areas including the Power Hall remain closed to the public and there is ongoing work being done to revamp the Revolution Manchester Gallery. However, there’s still plenty for families to do, see and enjoy during the holiday period.  

Free tickets for the Spring Holidays are available now and can be booked in advance through the museum’s website (www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk) or by calling 033 0058 0058.  

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NOTES TO EDITORS

For more information, interviews and images please contact Rachel Conway at rachel.conway@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk or on 0161 696 7785. 

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.

Part of the Science Museum Group