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Bee in the City and Summer Bee Garden

Make a bee line for the museum this summer as we celebrate Bee in the City and create a beautiful garden in our Upper Yard.

The buzz around Manchester is that the city is going to be invaded by a whole hive of spectacular bees, landing around town on Saturday 21 July, and we're excited to have one here at the museum.

Bee in the City is one of the biggest public art events the city has ever seen. Over 100 bees will make up a free, family-friendly trail, taking in the city's landmarks and undiscovered gems. Each bee has been designed by a different artist and celebrates the unique buzz of Manchester.

Our bee has been created by artist Tim Sutcliffe and is inspired by the Industrial Revolution. 

The worker bee has been the symbol of Manchester since the Industrial Revolution, but it is hard for our tiny friends to survive in the city. They need lots of flowering plants for food and safe spaces to make their homes. Designed by Alex Froggatt, the creative director of Alexandra Froggatt Designs, our bee garden will provide a haven for them throughout the summer. We’ve also got some brilliant summer activities, a very special Pi: Platform for Investigation and even a bee-themed late to sweeten your visit.

Whether you’re being busy bees and catching every sculpture on the Bee in the City trail, or looking for a relaxing spot to enjoy the sun, summer will be buzzing here at the Museum of Science and Industry.

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