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We are reopening

We are pleased to announce that we will be welcoming visitors back from Friday 14 August, restoring the opportunity to 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.

Following the local restrictions that the government put in place for areas of the North West from 31 July, we’d like to remind you to only visit the museum with people from your household or support bubble.

The museum will initially open Wednesday–Sunday, 10.00–17.00 and free admission tickets are available to book up to two weeks in advance. Book your tickets now.

What will be open?

At first, we will focus on bringing the galleries in the New Warehouse back to life, together 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.  

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 will be lots for you to do, see and discover when we reopen. However, certain areas of the museum will remain temporarily closed. This includes the bistro, Air and Space Hall, 1830 Station and 1830 Warehouse. The Power Hall will also remain closed as it undergoes vital restoration works.

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. This will be followed by the reopening of the museum’s iconic Power Hall, and much more.

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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