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

Plan your visit

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.

There’s plenty to see, do and discover on your visit and a safe and enjoyable experience is our top priority. One-way routes are in place to ensure social distancing and hand sanitisers are available to use throughout the museum. We are asking visitors to book free, timed tickets to enter the museum and our special exhibitions, so start planning your visit and book your tickets now.

The museum is open from Wednesday – Sunday, 10.00–17.00 during term time and Monday – Sunday, 10.00–17.00 during school holidays.

If you need any further information, please check our Frequently Asked Questions.

What is open

The four galleries in our Grade II listed New Warehouse are open, along with some outdoor space in the Upper Yard.

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 meet our expert Explainers at Science Stops around the museum. Step out into the cobbled Upper Yard to enjoy our beautiful new garden and uncover stories of our historic site.

Don’t miss our incredible special exhibitions. Visit Use Hearing Protection to discover more about the early years of Factory Records, and find out how this independent record label played an influential part in Manchester's transformation from an industrial powerhouse to a beacon of art and culture. Then from October 2021, explore the revolution in science that is transforming cancer care with a major new free exhibition, Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope.

Our café will be open, serving hot and cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches and cakes 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.

Download a copy of our museum map to help you plan your visit.

Current closures

A multi-million-pound restoration programme is underway at our globally significant industrial heritage site to carry out crucial restoration work, bring the story of our historic site to life, and to create a more sustainable museum for visitors to play and learn in. 

This means that there is a lot of scaffolding on site and that some buildings will remain closed until works are complete, including the much-loved Power Hall and the historic 1830 Station and Warehouse, the oldest surviving passenger railway station and the world’s first railway goods warehouse respectively.

The Air and Space Hall is also closed and the museum will no longer lease the historic Lower Campfield Market Hall building. Read more about this decision and learn more about plans for the building and the objects that have been on display. 

For more information visit our We are changing section.

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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