Skip to main content

The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester is open. Book your free tickets now.

6% rise in visitors to Museum of Science and Industry

Almost 40,000 more people visited the Museum of Science and Industry last year than the year before. 

For immediate release

The museum, on Liverpool Road, received 683,688 visits in 2017–18, just over 6% more than the previous 12 months. 

The blockbuster Robots exhibition was seen by nearly 67,000 people since it opened as a Manchester Science Festival headliner in October 2017. The exhibition has now travelled to the Centre for Life in Newcastle, to continue its tour.

The arrival of Tim Peake’s Soyuz spacecraft in March also boosted figures, with almost 18,000 more visits in March than the year before. 

The spacecraft is at the museum until May as part of a national tour created by global technology innovators Samsung and the Science Museum Group. 

Museum director Sally MacDonald said:

“It has been an especially successful year for the museum, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff and volunteers. As part of the world’s largest and most ambitious alliance of science museums, the Science Museum Group, we have had the opportunity to bring Tim Peake’s spacecraft to Manchester to inspire the scientists, engineers, inventors and astronauts of the future. This is the just the first of the extraordinary objects from the national collection that will be going on display here at the museum. 
"We also had three fantastic headline events here as part of Manchester Science Festival—our incredible Robots exhibition, the fabulous immersive experience Tape and a brilliant Tomorrow’s World Live event, which we also live streamed and broadcast to more than 150,000 people. The museum is the proud producer of the festival, which I feel really embodies everything that is exciting and creative about science right now.”

Notes to editors

For more information, hi-res images or interview requests, please contact Kat Harrison-Dibbits, Press and PR Manager at the Museum of Science and Industry, on 0161 606 0176 or email

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. Its 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. 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 of Science and Industry is part of the Science Museum Group, a family of museums that also includes the Science Museum in London, the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon, and the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford.

Part of the Science Museum Group