Before you arrive
OPENING TIMES AND TICKET BOOKING
The museum is open Monday – Sunday, 10.00–17.00.
You need to book a free ticket before coming.
You don't have to wear a face covering to visit the museum, but you can if you want to.
The museum tends to be less busy on weekday afternoons and Sunday mornings.
During school holidays or bank holidays it is busy throughout the week.
We have a quiet room that can be accessed through the Textiles Gallery.
The sign on the door will tell you if the room is in use. Please wait for the space to be available before entering.
You can borrow ear defenders from the New Warehouse information desk if you would like to.
The main entrance of the Science and Industry Museum is on Lower Byrom Street, not far from Manchester City Centre.
KEY TRANSPORT ROUTES
The nearest Metrolink stop is Deansgate–Castlefield.
Free city centre bus
The museum can be reached on both Route 1 (closest stop: Opera House) and Route 2 (closest peak time stop: Opera House; closest off peak stop: Deansgate, near junction with Quay Street).
There are three accessible disabled parking spaces in front of the museum on Lower Byrom Street which Blue Badge Holders can use.
You can find more directions and options for getting to the museum on the travel information page.
When you arrive
This is the museum entrance:
At busy times like school holidays or special events there may be queues outside the entrance.
Please speak to a member of staff if this is an issue and we'll help you get to the front.
When you enter the museum, staff members will welcome you at the information desk and scan your ticket.
If there are other visitors waiting, you might need to queue. Please speak to a member of staff if this is an issue and we'll help you get to the front.
Museum staff wear black and green T-shirts with green lettering.
You can ask them any questions you might have about your visit and also book tickets for any additional exhibitions or experiences in the museum if you would like to.
You can pick up a map at the information desk or download one in advance.
At the information desk you can also borrow:
- Ear defenders (some of our galleries can be noisy and contain working machinery or live shows)
- Trails and activities for you to do if you would like to
- A sensory pack with a selection of toys and resources to provide additional sensory support when exploring the museum
Around the museum
There will also be museum staff and volunteers in galleries across the museum. You can ask them questions about the museum or your visit if you would like to.
Museum staff and volunteers wear black and green t-shirts with green lettering.
This is an Explainer. You might see them doing live demonstrations, shows and activities in certain galleries across the museum. You might hear announcements throughout the day when a live demonstration or show is going to begin.
There are hand sanitisers located throughout the museum.
Lockers are available on Level -1 (lower ground floor) of the New Warehouse.
There is a charge of £1 for small lockers or £2 for large lockers, so please try to bring change with you if you are intending to use them during your visit.
We have lifts and stairs that you can use to get to all levels of the museum (please note, there is no lift access to the locker room, speak to a member of staff if you need help to access storage space).
There is information at the lifts and stairs about what you can find on each floor.
Some areas of the museum are closed while construction work takes place. You won't be able to go into these areas.
You may see scaffolding, large machinery and construction workers.
Key galleries and exhibits
The museum is made up of five main buildings, all surrounding a large, cobbled yard which is split over two levels. Seats are located throughout the museum.
Some of the buildings are closed while construction work is happening.
Here are some of the galleries that you can visit. You can read more detail about what you can expect to see and do on a visit on our what's on pages.
Level 0, Revolution Manchester
In this gallery you can see some of Manchester's industrial innovations, scientific discoveries and ideas that changed the world.
You will see a Rolls-Royce motor car and a replica of an original computer.
You might also see a live show in this gallery. This show will include loud bangs and bright lights. There might be a large crowd watching the show. You can ask staff at the information desk about what time this will happen.
Level 0, Textiles Gallery
Our Textiles Gallery tells the story of the people, places and products of Manchester's textiles industry.
You will see large machinery and small objects.
You might see a museum Explainer turn on some of the machines and do a machinery demonstration. This will be very loud and there might be a lot of people watching.
You can ask staff at the information desk about what time this will happen.
Level 1, Experiment
This is an interactive gallery with lots of hands-on activities and things to do. You can touch and try the experiments if you want to.
Some areas of this gallery are dark. Some of the activities make noises, some have moving parts and some might have bright lights.
During busy times there might be lots of people in this gallery and it might be noisy.
Level 1, Power Up
Power Up is open on Saturdays and Sundays during term time and daily during school holidays.
In this gallery there are lots of different games consoles and video games. You will need to buy a ticket from the ticket desk to go into this gallery and play the games.
Show your ticket to the museum staff at the ticket desk and they will let you into the gallery.
This gallery is dark and there are lots of different noises. There are lots of screens with moving images and red lights around the gallery.
Outside, Planting Stories
Outside there are large containers with lots of flowers, trees and shrubs in.
There are benches here if you would like to sit outside.
Some of the floor outside is cobbled and uneven.
Level -1, Special Exhibitions Gallery
The exhibitions in this gallery are temporary and changing. You can ask a member of museum staff what you can expect to see in this gallery during your visit.
Operation OUch! Food, Poo and You
In this exhibition you can learn about the digestive system. This is an interactive exhibition with lots of hands-on activities and things to do.
You will walk through a big mouth shape and explore different areas that are themed about different parts of the digestive journey.
In this multi-sensory exhibition, there are lots of bright colours, big objects, different sounds and smells. You can view the sensory map to find out more about what it is like inside.
You will need to buy a ticket on our website or from the ticket desk to go into this exhibition. Show your ticket to the museum staff at the ticket desk and they will let you into the gallery.
Other areas of the museum are currently closed for construction work.
These are the Power Hall, 1830 Station and Station Master's building. The Air and Space Hall is also closed.
Café and picnic areas
You can buy food and drink at the Warehouse Café on Level 0 of the New Warehouse.
We also have both indoor and outdoor picnic areas if you want to bring your own food.
Outside, Upper Yard
You can eat a picnic in our Planting Stories garden or on the red benches nearby.
There is a picnic space with furniture and highchairs through the Bistro Restaurant.
There is a shop on Level 0 of the New Warehouse.
Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are located on Levels 0 and 1 of the New Warehouse.
A Changing Places facility is located in the Bistro on Level 1 of the New Warehouse.
Other toilets are located across the museum. Look out for these symbols on the signs or on the map.
Alarms and announcements
In the event of an evacuation, you will hear a siren and staff will show you to the nearest exit.
During your visit you will hear announcements to let you know when shows and demonstrations are about to begin. Closing announcements will be made at 16.55 each day.