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“Lots to learn but logistics lacking”

Museum of Science & Industry
Ranked #2 of 182 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Museum of Science and Industry sits in the heart of Manchester, the world's first industrial city. It houses the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station and the world's first railway warehouse from 1830, which are located at the end of the museum site. On a visit to the museum, you will see amazing objects and learn about the men and women whose ideas changed the world forever. Daily demonstrations bring the museum's world class collection of textile and industrial machinery to life. There are interactive exhibits to explore and a regular programme of changing exhibitions to enjoy.
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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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“Lots to learn but logistics lacking”
Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

We visited here with our children 2, 6 & 7. The museum has lots to see and do but we found the new layout impractical and not an improvement on before. In general all exhibits are interesting and educational, and cannot be criticised for content, so i will focus on the negatives for us.
For a family with different age children we struggled to access parts of the museum with a pushchair, having to walk a long way to disabled lifts or ramps. The baby change is also on one floor, but then the toilets were down some steps. Simply by putting a toilet in the baby change room it would make life easier as it meant 2 separate trips to take all the children to the toilet and do nappy, walking a long way to find a lift so we could access the toilet after changing nappy.
Also the cafe on the ground floor is clearly aimed at adults looking for a coffee shop rather than families seeking a sandwich as there were no child friendly sandwiches or snacks here. There is a child friendly restaurant upstairs, but it would be sensible to also include some options for families downstairs since this is predominantly the target market - not adults looking for an alternative to costa!
The new hands on experiment area had lots to do and learn, but again was let down by practicalities as it is large open plan and darkly lit, which meant it was very hard to keep track of children and they easily got disorientated and lost.
It is a shame that the new trendy layout has been designed it seems with style in mind over ease of access, and I would be interested to know how those in wheelchairs or visually impaired find the facilities. Apart from these issues which could be sorted out, the museum remains a great asset to Manchester.

Visited February 2013
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Ossett, United Kingdom
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“Something for every one”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

A good day out for all the family took our 13 year old grand daughter and we found things ti interest us all

Visited July 2012
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Enjoyed the victorian machinery lovely smells et”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

Not as impressive as I expected and the main hall wasn't very interesting or educational. More designed for children of a young age

Visited May 2013
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Weaverham, United Kingdom
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“Fun for all the family”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

This was my first time i have been to MOSI but my wife is a frequent visitor taking her pupils to have their minds filled with wonder. What a fantastic Museum so much to do and so much to see even at the age of 53 i came out of there amazed on what the North West did for Science and Industry. This is a Free attraction but special exhibits there is a small charge like the steam engine ride but this was only £2.00 to help with running costs. Every floor and every building there was something to see and many hands on exhibits which is great for both Children and Adults alike. The Staff were very helpful and full of knowledge. you could spend hours upon hours in there but we spent approx 4 hours and enjoyed every minute of this. There is nearby parking at a charge but Free Disabled parking at site. There are also buses that pass the Museum to the city centre and a short walk for Metrolink tram and train travel. We used the free lockers which are available to put our coats in because the weather warmed up whilst we were in there. I would deffinately visit again. We did not eat there but they have a cafe and also picnic areas if you bring your own food and there are many nearby pubs serving food nearby, I would deffinately visit again.

Visited April 2013
Thank Saltwitch
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“Great day out”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

I took 2 of my grandchildren and they enjoyed it enormously. There are a great many and varied exhibits., which were very interesting for the children, one who was 7 and the other 10, which shows, I think, that it appeals to a range of age-groups. Parking was easy, and we ate in the cafe which was good, and the shop was well stocked with a variety of goods, most related to the exhibitions.

Thank Nancy W
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