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Summer at the Science and Industry Museum

Discover something new every day with a fun-filled programme of free pop-up events, live science shows and hands-on activities for the whole family.

Explore the hidden worlds uncovered by incredible engineers in our brand-new science show. From deep-space galaxies to microscopic atoms, join our expert Explainers on a journey of discovery and view the world from a whole new perspective.

Think like an engineer and get creative with special hands-on activities. Be inspired by the museum’s archive and delve deeper into the workings of machines with plans and blueprints, then have a go and create your own designs.

Enjoy family favourites in our free, permanent galleries. Learn all about world-changing ideas that were born in Manchester, from ‘Baby’ the world’s first stored-program computer to one of the first Rolls-Royce motorcars.

Meet the machines, people and stories that made Manchester the first industrial city and experience the sounds of historic machinery in the Textiles Gallery. Pick up a free activity trail and find out more with fun games and challenges.

Let your imagination run wild as you see science in action with our interactive gallery ExperimentSee through walls, make music with your body, experience Heat Vision and more.

Plus, explore incredible objects from Professor Steven Hawking's office, including his rare PHD thesis, in our special display. Add a ticket to Power Up and play your way through five decades of gaming history. Whether you’re a fan of the retro arcade classics or looking to try out the latest in gaming technology, there’s something for everyone. Upgrade your ticket to an annual pass and get unlimited access to the ultimate gaming experience for a whole year.

New for Summer 2024, explore our brand-new free gallery Injecting Hope: The race for the COVID vaccine. Uncover the inspiring stories of scientists and innovators around the globe who collaborated to tackle the world-wide COVID-19 challenge.

Plus, from 19 to 25 August enjoy a special Pride activities in our Conversation space, celebrating LGBTQ+ stories ahead of Manchester Pride.