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Plan your visit

Welcome back 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.

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

As of 00.01 on Friday 23 October, Greater Manchester will be categorised in the Very High (Tier 3) alert level, and therefore subject to additional restrictions. Current advice is clear that museums can remain open. However, in line with government guidelines, we are asking visitors to only attend with people from their household or support bubble.

The museum is currently open Wednesday – Sunday, 10.00–17.00 and we will also be open on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 October for the half term holidays. 

Free admission tickets are available to book up to two weeks in advance. Book your tickets now.

If you have already booked tickets but are not able to visit as planned, please get in touch so we can make these tickets available for other visitors. Call 0800 047 8124 or email contact@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk.

What will be open

Currently, the four galleries in our New Warehouse are open, along with 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.

From 24 October, you will also be able to see the cars, motorbikes and aeroplanes that got industrial Manchester moving in the Air and Space Hall.  

Science will also be brought to life in front of your eyes in Experiment, and a deeper look at the solar system's biggest wonder is on offer in The Sun, the blockbuster exhibition that was due to close at the end of March, but will now remain open for a few more months. Plus, there will be new 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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