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The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester is open. Book your free tickets now.

Please note, the museum will be open on Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 May for half term.

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May half term

Discover how Manchester has kept the world moving with our fun-filled, transport-themed activities this May half term.

Design and make your own moving machines with our hands-on workshop, then put your creations to the test and see how fast and far they go. Be inspired by the stories of our historic site and the vehicles that passed through here, including Stephenson's Rocket, a legendary locomotive that was built to run on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, the world's first inter-city passenger railway line. 

Join our team of expert Explainers on journeys through air, on land and even in outer space as they reveal science secrets at new Curiosity Stops throughout the museum.  

Plus, see the story of a train journey on the fictional Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Railway brought to life with the wonderful and whimsical moving sculpture, A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley

Early Years Activities

Don’t miss fun activities especially for our youngest visitors, aged 5 and under.   

Gear up for story time with an interactive reading of You Can’t Take an Elephant on A Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck.  

Construction Packs will also be available to borrow. With a high-vis jacket, hard hat and wooden tools, it has everything your little ones need to ‘work’ around the museum. 

Current closures

A multi-million-pound restoration programme is underway at our globally significant industrial heritage site to carry out crucial restoration work, bring the story of our historic site to life, and to create a more sustainable museum for visitors to play and learn in. 

This means that there is a lot of scaffolding and that some buildings will remain closed until works are complete, including the much-loved Power Hall and the historic 1830 Station and Warehouse, the oldest surviving passenger railway station and the world’s first railway goods warehouse, respectively. The Air and Space Hall is also closed. 

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