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Welcome to the Science and Industry Museum, where you can explore 250 years of innovations and ideas that started life in Manchester and went on to change the world.

The museum is temporarily closed in line with nationwide coronavirus restrictions. Once the national lockdown ends on 2 December, Greater Manchester will be subject to Tier 3 restrictions, so the museum will remain temporarily closed.

The tiers are due to be reviewed by 16 December, so please keep checking our website, or sign up to our newsletter for information about reopening dates.

A safe and enjoyable experience is our top priority. We are asking visitors to book free, timed tickets and wear a face covering while exploring the museum. One-way routes will be in place to ensure social distancing and hand sanitisers will be available to use throughout the museum. 

If you have already booked tickets for a visit that will now fall during the extended closure time, we will be in touch soon to give you the opportunity to move your booking. If you need any further information, please check our Frequently Asked Questions.

What will be open

The four galleries in our New Warehouse will be open, as well as our Air and Space Hall and half an acre of outdoor space in the Upper Yard. 

You will be able to explore Manchester's rich legacy of innovations, discoveries and ideas that changed the world in the Revolution Manchester gallery and find out how the city's heritage is interwoven with the cotton industry in the Textiles Gallery.  

See science brought to life in front of your eyes in Experiment and discover the cars, motorbikes and aeroplanes that got industrial Manchester moving in the Air and Space Hall. Plus, there will be Science Stops to enjoy, where our expert Explainers will be on hand to reveal more about our collection and the amazing stories behind our historic site. 

Our café will be serving hot and cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches and cakes, which can be enjoyed to eat in or take away. Avoid the queues and buy your lunch in advance when you book your free admission ticket. You're also welcome to bring your own food to enjoy in our picnic areas.  

The museum shop will also be open selling a wide range of gifts, books, games, toys and science kits. Every purchase you make supports the museum and our vital work.

Will some areas still be closed?

There is lots for you to do, see and discover on your visit. However, certain areas of the museum will remain temporarily closed.

The much-loved Power Hall is being renovated, and improvement works are currently being made to the historic 1830 Station and Warehouse, the world's first passenger railway station and the oldest existing railway goods warehouse respectively. These areas will remain closed until works are complete.

Revolution is core to the stories told at the museum, and prior to our temporary closure, a revolution of its own was in progress in the form of a multi-million-pound restoration project. This work has now restarted, meaning a new £5 million Special Exhibition Gallery will open early next year to originate and host some of the world’s best science exhibitions.

COVID-19 Industry Standard

In Partnership with The National Tourist Organisations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, we have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

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