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Winter holidays

Calling all mini mechanics and eager engineers! Explore a world of marvellous machines this winter at the Science and Industry Museum.

Discover machines of all shapes and sizes with our programme of family activities inspired by our brand-new display, A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley

Created by artist, cartoonist and engineer Rowland Emett, A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley is a beautiful moving sculpture that tells the story of a train journey through the whimsical Cloud Cuckoo Valley on the fictional Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Railway. 

See this stunning machine in action and watch the fantastical scene come to life at one of our daily demonstrations (11.30 and 14.00). 

Discover the surprising science behind some of your favourite machines with our Explainer team’s very own inventions at Science Stops around the museum and make your own simple wind-up toy from recyclable materials to waddle and wobble its way home with you. 

And especially for our younger visitors, Mini Movers are invited to join us as we roll, clank, whirr and clack our way round the Textiles Gallery to discover how our bodies work like machines (10.45, 13.15 and 14.45). 

Plus, don’t miss our free exhibition, Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope. Recommended for ages 8 and over, this exhibition explores the revolution in science that’s transforming cancer care and features never-before seen objects, interactive exhibits, new artist commissions and installations, film, photography and a breadth of personal stories. 

From 18 December to 4 January the museum will be open from 10.00–17.00 every day, except 24–26 December and 1 January. Plan your visit and book your free museum admission tickets now

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