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What’s on this September at the Science and Industry Museum

Stephenson's Rocket on display at the Science and Industry Museum

For immediate release

There's just a few days in September when visitors can see Stephenson's Rocket in Manchester before it heads off to our sister museum, the National Railway Museum in York, so make sure you don’t miss out!

There's also the chance to find out more about the scientists who were shortlisted for the new £50 note—including winner Alan Turing—plus the beautiful new exhibition, The Sun.

Plus, there is of course lots of fun to be had in our permanent galleries and at our daily science shows.

Download hi-res images here

Rocket Returns: last chance to see

Until 8 September, Revolution Manchester Gallery

Stephenson's Rocket has returned to Manchester for the first time in over 180 years. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see an iconic symbol return to the site of the world's oldest surviving passenger railway, the terminus of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway which is now home to the museum.

A family in The Sun exhibition at the Science and Industry Museum

The Sun

Until 5 January 2020, New Warehouse

Discover the incredible story of the Sun in our new blockbuster exhibition.

Feel the heat at our indoor beach, stand in the middle of a solar storm and watch the sun rise over Antarctica as we bring the science behind the Sun to life. From an ancient Scandinavian sun horse to Jimmy Carter's solar panels from the White House, The Sun tells the story of our ever-changing relationship with our closest star.

Tickets £8 adults/£6 concessions. Children go free with a paying adult. Book online now.

The Notables exhibition at the Science and Industry Museum

Notables: 14 Scientists Who Shaped Our Lives

Until 3 November, Revolution Manchester Gallery

Find out more about the scientists who made the Bank of England's shortlist to be the face of the new £50 note, and discover why Alan Turing was a worthy winner.

A Pi event at the Science and Industry Museum

Pi: Platform for Investigation

Saturday 21 September

Pi: Platform for Investigation – Powered by Siemens is a monthly event where families can discover together the cutting-edge research that’s happening right now and how it affects our lives.

Each month we look at a different theme from the world of science and technology. With fun, hands-on activities for all ages in a truly unique setting, Pi: Platform for Investigation provides an opportunity to meet real-life scientists and find out about the latest discoveries.

Permanent galleries and daily shows

For full details of our permanent galleries and regular daily shows, visit


For more information, contact Kate Campbell-Payne, Communications Officer at the Science and Industry Museum, on or call 0161 606 0213.


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. From textiles to computers, the objects and documents on display in the museum 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 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.