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What’s on this May at the Museum of Science and Industry

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This May, make sure you catch Tim Peake’s spacecraft at the museum before it blasts off on tour, then get hands-on with MakeFest, the museum’s family-friendly celebration of making, tinkering and engineering. Plus, we have half term fun activities including pinhole cameras and printing workshops. 


Sokol spacesuit on display at MSI

Soyuz TMA 19M: Tim Peake’s Spacecraft

Date: Until Sunday 13 May
Cost: Free

The spacecraft that brought European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake safely back to earth following his time on the International Space Station is currently on display, alongside the astronaut’s space suit, which has never before been exhibited in public. 

The capsule Soyuz TMA-19M was used by Tim for his Principia Mission, during which he also wore the Sokol KV-2 emergency suit, which has been acquired on behalf of the nation for the Science Museum Group Collection. 

Manchester’s integral role in the development of space suit design is explored in a display charting the innovations that helped to protect the first astronauts to walk on the moon.

Pi: Platform for Investigation – Powered by Siemens

Date: Saturday 19 May
Time: 10.30–15.30
Cost: Free, no need to book

Find out how the amazing scientists from Cancer Research UK are working to beat cancer sooner. 

Pi: Platform for Investigation – Powered by Siemens is a monthly event where families discover cutting edge research that’s happening right now in and around Manchester and the North West. 


Date: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May
Cost: Free admission, though there may be a small charge for some activities

Science and craft will collide this month with the museum’s family-friendly celebration of making, MakeFest. Visitors of all abilities can get involved in DIY tech, engineering, craft and creativity. 

The two-day event will take place on 26–27 May and will feature everything from soldering and stitching to coding and engineering. Plus join our Explainer team for a printing workshop where you can put your own stamp on things.  

Find out how we used to print designs on cotton and take home your very own printed piece of material.   

Pinhole Cameras

Date: From Monday 28 May
Time: 11.00, 11.30, 12.00 and 12.30
Cost: Free; spaces should be reserved at the information desk

See the world from a different angle!  Make your own pinhole camera in our make-and-take workshop and test it in our Upside-Down Disco.

Printing workshops

Date: From Monday 28 May
Time: 14.30–16.30
Cost: Free; spaces should be reserved at the information desk

Put your own stamp on things in this interactive workshop.  Find out how we used to print designs on cotton and take home your very own printed piece of material.   

Other events

A baby in My Den at MSI


Date: Friday 25 May
Cost: Tickets are £5 for one adult and one child, £3 per additional adult and child. Book online or in advance at the museum.

Once a month our hands-on science gallery, Experiment!, is filled with a range of multisensory activities specifically for children aged 1–4.

During these relaxed sessions, toddlers and their adults are encouraged to play, explore and experiment together. Our team of friendly Explainers are on hand to support young explorers throughout the morning and at 10.45 and 11.15 you can join them for 20 minutes of songs, play and multi-sensory fun.

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

Time: Open daily 10.30–16.00
Cost: £6 per person. Ages 13 and older only.

Ever wanted to fly through space and pilot a capsule back home? Join British astronaut and narrator Tim Peake on the out-of-this-world virtual reality mission that puts you in the pilot's seat of a Soyuz capsule. Using the latest state-of-the-art Samsung Gear VR technology, you’ll get a 360° look inside the capsule and experience the thrill of retracing Tim's 400km journey as you land safely back on Earth.

Early Years Engineers

Time: 14.00
Cost: Free, no need to book

Have you borrowed a Power Pack before? Pick one up from the front desk and then meet an Explainer in the Power Hall at 14.00. Together we’ll use our packs to help little people explore the sights, smells and sounds of the giant engines. 

Engine demonstrations

Time: 11.30, 13.00, 14.30 and 15.30
Cost: Free, no need to book

How did we power the city? What got Manchester moving? This interactive engine demonstration will show you how engines pushed, pulled and turned the industries that made Manchester famous. 

Manchester Mills

Time: 11.00, 12.00, 14.00 and 16.00
Cost: Free, no need to book

Why did Manchester get the nickname "Cottonopolis"?  Join us for a live demonstration of our textiles machinery as we turn plants into clothes. Plus discover the difficult jobs that went along with working with such powerful machines.

Permanent exhibitions

Black and white picture of the basement of the Great Western Warehouse in 1987

Changing Places, Creating Spaces

Time: Open daily, 10.00–17.00
Cost: Free, no need to book

A stunning photography exhibition that charts the history of the museum and the building restoration work carried out since it moved to the site of the historic Liverpool Road Station in 1983.

Destination Stations

Time: Open daily, 10.00–17.00
Cost: Free, no need to book

Starting an adventure, saying goodbye or rushing to work. For nearly 200 years, railway stations have been the backdrop to our personal dramas and everyday routines. Destination Stations offers a glimpse into the expansion of railways, focused on Manchester and the route to London.

Circuit City

Time: Open daily, 10.00–17.00
Cost: Free, no need to book

A family-friendly display telling the story of how the first electric power networks changed our city.

The first power station in Manchester opened on Dickinson Street in 1893. A network of cables and junctions soon snaked across the city. Thanks to this network, electricity powered factories and illuminated parts of our city on a large scale.

This mini exhibition looks at how electricity was initially generated, harnessed, supplied and used across Manchester through the story of Dickinson Street Power Station, and the impact that this had on the growth of the city, and people’s lives.

Notes to editors

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About the Museum of Science and Industry 

The Museum of Science and Industry 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. From textiles to computers, the objects and documents held in the museum’s collection tell stories of everyday life over the last 200 years, from light bulbs to locomotives.  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 Museum of Science and Industry 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 5 million visitors each year and an unrivalled collection, it is the most significant group of museums of science and innovation worldwide. 

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