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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.

Visitor notice

Due to the work listed below on both the Power Hall and the Special Exhibition Gallery, from 4 November 2019 until the new year, access to the 1830 Station and Warehouse will be via Liverpool Road.

Power Hall

Power Hall exterior

Work has now started to restore the globally important Grade II listed Power Hall, to be complete by Summer 2021.

One of the most beloved industrial heritage galleries in the country, the Power Hall houses Europe’s largest collection of working steam engines, the majority of which were built in Manchester.

Built in 1855 as the shipping shed for Liverpool Road Station, the world’s first purpose-built passenger railway station, the Power Hall has received £6m from the Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport and additional funding from the Science Museum Group to facilitate urgent and major repairs to the roof and a redisplay of the gallery content to show how Manchester changed the world.

This multi-sensory gallery, full of the sounds of machines, whistle and smell of steam and incredible personal stories will show how Manchester provided the power that changed the city and the world—from the way we work to the consumer society we live in. In revealing more about the human skill and ingenuity of the past, we can’t wait to inspire the engineers and innovators of the future.

Find out more about the project on the blog.

 

Special Exhibition 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.