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“Excellent for the whole family and free!!!!”

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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Barton-upon-Humber, United Kingdom
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“Excellent for the whole family and free!!!!”
Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

Excellent value- it's free, good gift shop, can spend all day there as its over four buildings and many levels and as its placed in an old train station there is also steam train rides on many days, there is something for everyone from old cars trains planes and other vehicles to interactive experiments for youngsters old sewer works to walk through to gas and electricity and old machines engines and exhibits. A must for a day in Manchester.

Visited July 2013
Thank moon n
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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“Absolutely Fantastic!! Would go again!!”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

Visited the museum this week & have to say its fantastic!
Don't park outside the entrance as it's £5 per 2 hours there is a car park for the museum at the back & you can enter via this and it's only £5 all day
The museum is huge spaced out over 5 buildings when you enter you can pay a donation of any amount into the tubs spread around the entrance and there are guides who give you a map & a card you scan on the machines..........You can register your card on the computers at the front & your picture appears on the screen in the gallery which my kids loved!!
I am sad to hear the goverment are looking at stopping funding however how fab the museums are I'm sure people wouldn't mind paying to get in you do everywhere else these days..
We payed to watch the 4d theatre 'fly me to the moon' it was £4 a adult and £3 a child shows started every 20mins & it was 12mins long, I wouldnt have paid it but having been in one in disneyland paris i knew my kids would love it & they did, however I wouldnt pay again!
definatly recommend taking kids in the holiday as a cheap day out!

Visited July 2013
Thank Andrew S
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Stockport UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“How Steam Made Manchester”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

We took two of our grandsons aged five and seven to visit the museum. We have been here many times but parts of the museum have been updated since our last visit a year ago. In the main building they now have a presentation entitled Revolution, which demonstrates the power of steam and the rise of Manchester in the Industrial Revolution. The presenter involved the children to take part in some fun activities. There is a new cafe area on the first floor of the main building and a fabulous interactive area for children to understand some key scientific principles (e.g. steam, light, magnetism and so on). This was our grandson's favourite part of the museum. On that floor there is a small play area for younger children and story telling sessions. In other parts of the museum there are regular demonstrations of steam engines and cotton spinning. One new exhibition in the station hall was of the principles of picture animation with exhibits and spoken accounts from the Cosgrove Hall studios who made films such as Chorlton and The Wheelies. They have also made some changes to the station building where they have recreated a Victorian booking hall and waiting room as might have been found in the original London Road Station on which the museum is sited. Overall you would need at least four or five hours to see it all. There is lots to see and do for kids of all ages and parents and grandparents too. It makes a nice change fro ThemeParks and it's free!

Visited July 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

was surprised a museum was not climate controlled. buildings were very warm and muggy. the interactive elements were basic and unimaginative

Visited July 2013
Thank IssabeauHawke
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Droylsden, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2013

MOSI is a great place to visit, especially if you like to see how the North of England was at the pinnacle of engineering for so many ears and how that expertise has now gone global. Its free entry as well!!!!

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Paul N
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