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Our ticketing system at the museum is currently affected by the global ICT outage. We recommend booking your tickets online before your visit.
Open daily, book your free museum admission tickets now. Schools and groups can book tickets here.
Find out about our ongoing restoration project.

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.

On this page you will find everything you need to plan your visit.

If you need more information, please check our FAQs or get in touch

If you're booking on behalf of a school or group, please head to our Learning section.

Please note: Construction work is taking place across the museum and some of our buildings are closed right now. This means we might look a little different when you visit us, but there's still plenty to see, do and discover.

Opening times and tickets

Museum admission

The museum is open 10.00–17.00 daily (closed 24–26 December and 1 January). 

We recommend booking your free museum admission tickets and special exhibition tickets in advance. 

Entry to the museum is free. There may be a charge for some special exhibitions and events. 

Shop and café

The shop is open 10.00–17.00 daily. 

The café is open 08.00–17.00 Monday – Friday, and 09.30–17.00 Saturdays and Sundays. 

You are also welcome to bring your own food to enjoy in our indoor picnic area.

What's on

Find out what you can see and do during your visit on our What's on listings. Here you will find information about our permanent galleries, special events and temporary exhibitions. 

Highlights include: 

Download a map of the museum 

Current closures

Some of our buildings and galleries are currently closed while our multi-million-pound restoration continues, including the Power Hall and 1830 Station and Warehouse. In addition, the Air and Space Hall is now permanently closed.

How to get here

The museum address is: Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4FP. 
It is located in Castlefield, not far from the Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink stop.  
We do not have parking facilities on site and encourage visitors to use public transport if possible. You can find more information about getting to the museum here.


The Science and Industry Museum is committed to being open and accessible for everyone. 

Read information about accessible facilities and resources across the museum and view our visual story to help you familiarise yourself with our galleries ahead of your visit.


A safe and enjoyable experience is our top priority. Surface wipes and hand sanitisers are available throughout the museum and protective screens are in place around our ticket desks and till points. Face coverings are welcomed but not compulsory. 

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