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Half term fun this autumn at the Science and Industry Museum

From a journey around the body and the birth of computing, to thunderous cotton spinning machines and the strength to lift a mini, there’s a perfect day out at the Science and Industry Museum this autumn half term.

From Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 October, 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 human body-themed experiences every day during the holiday. 

Come and discover the fascinating science behind our bodies through activities especially created to mark the opening of the museum’s world-first exhibition Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope.  

Every day the museum’s team of Explainers will be presenting activities that will bring the body to life at Science Stops across the museum, including performing a drinks bottle biopsy, giving fruit and veg an MRI and getting a closer look at cells, with visitors even getting the chance to make their very own model cell badge to take away.

There are even more half-term adventures with Get Curious events, where curious families will be able to learn more about the body and get the chance to meet people working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), ask questions and have a go at lots of fun hands-on activities.

On Tuesday 26 October, take part in experiments with the museum’s STEM Ambassadors who use STEM in their workplace and help young people get excited about future studies or careers in STEM too. Learn all about body parts (and get your own themed game to take home).

On Wednesday 27 October take part in fun hands-on activities with Manchester Metropolitan University PhD students all around blood. Discover what’s in our blood, how it is pumped around our body and more.

The thunderous historic textiles machinery demonstrations are back with shows both weekends and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, showing the machines that made Manchester and how cotton kickstarted the Industrial Revolution. Also making a welcome return is the Revolution Manchester Show, bringing the Mancunian ideas that changed the world to life in a fun and interactive, high-paced show. 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.

For older families there are two unmissable major exhibitions dedicated to medicine and music. 

Discover the past, present and future of how cancer is prevented, detected and treated at the band new headline exhibition 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. Suitable for children aged 8 and older, free tickets are available to book online.

Immerse yourself in the history of the iconic Manchester music label Factory Records in the Use Hearing Protection: The early years of Factory Records exhibition, which unearths the story of the company’s formative years from 1978 to 1982, and how their innovative work in music, technology and design gave Manchester an authentic voice and distinctive identity. Suitable for children aged 12 and older, see the event page for availability and ticket prices.
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 the autumn half term will be released on Tuesday 29 September and can be booked in advance through the museum’s website ( or by calling 033 0058 0058. 


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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. 


The £5 million, 725-metre-square Special Exhibitions Gallery is the first project to be completed in the Science and Industry Museum’s multi-million-pound restoration plan, which will conserve and further open up its globally significant buildings and bring to life the story of the site and past, present and future ideas that change the world.

It opens up public access as a gallery space to this part of the much-loved museum for the first time, and will originate and host some of the world’s best science exhibitions and experiences in the North.

The Special Exhibitions Gallery is being generously funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Wellcome and Garfield Weston Foundation, with further support from the Kirby Laing Foundation and The Zochonis Charitable Trust.