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The Science and Industry Museum stands on one of the most important industrial heritage sites in Europe. Over the next few years, we will be carrying out some crucial conservation and restoration work to our Grade I and II listed buildings, to ensure a successful and sustainable future for the museum.

This means that there will be a lot of scaffolding around our site for the next few years. We are aiming to keep as many galleries open as possible while work is ongoing, and we hope that this won't impact on your enjoyment of your visit. If you have any questions about how to navigate the site or accessibility, please just ask one of our members of staff who will be happy to help.

Power Hall

Power Hall exterior

In July 2019 we announced a £6 million project to restore the historic Power Hall to full working condition. 

The work will include major repairs to the roof, a redisplay of the gallery content and the return of working steam to the building. 

The restored Power Hall will show how Manchester rose to be a player on the world stage, through the stories of the people who built the amazing machines on display, kept them running and the things they made.

The project is expected to take around two years, with the Power Hall scheduled to reopen in Summer 2021 and steam power to return the following year.

The work is funded by the Department for Media, Culture and Sport and the Science Museum Group. 

Read the blog from our Director, Sally MacDonald

Special Exhibitions Gallery

Artist's impression of the Special Exhbition Gallery interior

We have started work on our new £5 million Special Exhibition Gallery, designed by award-winning architects Carmody Groarke. The gallery will be built in the Grade II listed New Warehouse, the museum’s main building and arrival point. It will provide an international-standard space for temporary exhibitions to be shown in Manchester, while simultaneously showing off the beauty of the historic Warehouse basement and Colonnaded Viaduct.

The warehouse space with its beautiful brickwork ceiling and historic importance is the ideal location for exhibitions that tell the story of the world’s first industrial city, and the ideas that were born here and that change the world.

Behind-the-scenes work began in summer 2018 and the new space will open in 2020.

The project is generously funded by the Department for Media, Culture and Sport, Wellcome, Kirby Laing Foundation, The Zochonis Charitable Trust and Friends of the Science and Industry Museum.

Across the site

1830 Warehouse exterior

We will also be carrying out important conservation work on our main building, the New Warehouse, and on the Grade I listed 1830 Warehouse, which houses our Connecting Manchester exhibition. 

In the New Warehouse we will be creating a safe access system, which will allow our teams to monitor and repair the roof more easily. We will also be carrying out surveys of the buildings and other important repairs.