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Discover the incredible story of the Sun in our new blockbuster exhibition.

From ancient myths to health and wellbeing, solar power and more, The Sun takes a closer look at our ever-changing relationship with our closest star. 

See stunning objects, including an ancient Babylonian tablet, a prototype fusion reactor and even Jimmy Carter's solar panels from the White House. Watch the sun rise around the world, relax on our indoor beach, or strike a pose and try on sunglasses with our digital interactives.

Kids go free to see The Sun and if you're visiting with children, make sure you pick up a copy of the free family trail from the exhibition welcome desk (or download one and print at home) and explore the exhibition together with games and challenges.

Soak up the Sun in Manchester, whatever the weather. Book your tickets now.

Special events

Don't miss our sun-themed special events and activities, inspired by the exhibition.

  • 28 October – 3 November: Sun workshops, part of October half term
  • 27 November: The Sun: Late (over 18s only)—book now
  • 10 December: Science(ish) Podcast: Live

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Header image credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Scott Wiessinger

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