Skip to main content

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

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

For immediate release

This month we have two special events to accompany our blockbuster Robots exhibition—Robots: In Conversation and a robot-themed Pi: Platform for Investigation – Powered by Siemens—plus a host of exciting hands-on activities with the theme of 'light', and not one but two special events for under 4s. Plus, there's a huge range of permanent galleries, an exciting virtual reality space experience and a haunting photography exhibition detailing the recent history of the site—the location of the world’s first passenger railway.


Until Sunday 7 January

It's time to brighten up the winter break with our de-light-ful shows, workshops and demonstrations.

Join our Explainers for a Science Showdown all about light.  UV, infrared and visible light all want your vote… who wins? You decide.

Discover a hidden world in the fantastic fluorescent Glow Detectives workshop and get creative with all the family and make your own Light Catchers in a fun and easy drop-in workshop.

All activities are free, though advance booking may be required on the day to guarantee a slot in some workshops.


Friday 19 January

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.

Tickets are £5 for one adult and one child, £3 per additional adult and child. Book online or in advance at the museum.

Robots on display at MSI Science Museum Group Collection


Open daily 10.15–17.00 until 15 April

Our blockbuster exhibition Robots explores our obsession with recreating ourselves in human form, and what it truly means to be a human in a robotic world.

Tickets are £8 for adults, £5 for children. Family discounts available. Free for ages 6 and under.

Book online or at the museum.

Pi: Platform for Investigation – Powered by Siemens: Our Robot Friends

Saturday 20 January, 10.30–15.30

Come and meet some of the University of Sheffield's friendliest robots—play with cute companion MiRo bots, learn how to do some simple coding on a Pi-Top and have a go at programming a Nao, the tiny humanoid droid that can walk, talk and dance. Find out how these amazing robots are being developed and used to help mankind.

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.

This event is free, just drop in on the day.

Robots: In Conversation

Tuesday 23 January, 18.00–20.30

This event will take the robot debate one step further, discussing the rapid development of robots in recent history, and whether they could one day threaten the survival of the human race.

This event is free, though tickets should be booked in advance. Ticketholders will have the opportunity to buy evening tickets to the Robots exhibition for a special discounted rate of £4.

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

Open daily 10.30–16.00

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.

Tickets £6. Ages 13 and older only. Book online or on the day.

Black and white picture of man stood in a door way in the 1830 Warehouse at MSI

Changing Places, Creating Spaces

Open daily 10.00–17.00

A stunning new 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.

Free, no need to book.

Destination Stations

Open daily 10.00–17.00

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.

Free, no need to book.

Circuit City

Open daily 10.00–17.00

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.

Free, no need to book.

Family shows

Daily (times vary, please see links below for details)

Our family shows include Human vs Machine and the Revolution Manchester Show.

Free, no need to book.

Notes to editors

A selection of images is available to download via Dropbox here:

Hi-res images can be emailed or sent via WeTransfer on request.

For any image or interview requests, please contact Kat Harrison-Dibbits, Press and PR Manager, on 0161 606 0176 or email kat,


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 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