Science and Industry Museum

Science and Industry Museum, Manchester: Hours, Address, Science and Industry Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Science and Industry Museum

Science and Industry Museum
4.5
Science Museums • Children's Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Science and Industry Museum 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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  • Deansgate-Castlefield • 5 min walk
  • St Peter's Square • 10 min walk
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Colin P
9 contributions
Apr 2022
I come from Manchester but live in Yorkshire now. We had a special trip to Manchester and decided to visit the much vaunted Science and Industry Museum.
We arrived at lunch time to be told the cafe was closed. Disappointed, but they said the Bistro was open. Bistro? No hot food just pre-packed sandwiches and drinks. Very poor.

So downstairs we go to start our museum tour. Where is everything? The planes have all gone. Why? Manchester home of Avro and no planes!
Oh well where is the railway exhibit? Gone! Why? Manchester Liverpool Street Station. The home of rail travel. What is going on?
Oh well we can look at the textile hall. Manchester home of cotton. And that is the best you can do? If you want to see textile machinery go to Queen St Mill in Burnley instead.
Another area with a bit of an old computer. Manchester home of mainframe computers and that's all you can do!
This is really poor.
Ah an exhibit about broadcasting in a small room with very little in it. Manchester home of Granada not to mention the current BBC.
So upstairs was an area where children could press buttons. Will that educate them about the history of Science and Technology in Manchester? I think not.

When we think about Manchester with Science and Technology we can go back to the Bridgwater Canal, Manchester Ship Canal, Trafford Park, the Universities, the major world leading companies such as Ford, Avro, Geigy, ICI, Westinghouse, Metrovicks, Carborundum, Proctor and Gamble, Cussons, Esso and Shell, Manchester Liners, Mather and Platt to name but a few. No evidence of any of these at the 'Museum'!

Yes I know it is being refurbished, but it would be better if it was closed until everything has been done. We had a long chat with one of the staff, and the blame seems to lie with the Science Museum in London.

It is a good job it is free, but still a waste of money, and at my age a waste of time!

I recommend Princess St Mill in Burnley, and Ellenroad Mill at Milnrow if you want to see proper working museums.

Rant over.

PS I wonder if this will elicit a response from management? I doubt it.
Written 19 June 2022
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Ella H
59 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
For small children, this isn't your typical museum! We prebooked online with ease and got a bag with construction toys in it on arrival and upstairs there were plenty of activities to inspire and entertain, a great sensory experience for all ages and admission limited to prevent overcrowding. A lovely trip out for free even though some of the museum is currently closed off. Jovial staff and lovely man working in the shop where some reasonably priced items were great souvenirs to continue to inspire my children's creativity and knowledge.
Written 18 June 2022
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Fabio S
11 contributions
Jun 2022
There is a lot of interesting stuff to see, especially the machines used to process cotton back in the days. The Amazônia exhibition with photos of the rain forest in south america was fantastic as well. There was also a show for a school group I think. I sadly didn't have enough time to see everything as I had to catch the bus for a sightseeing tour, but 2 - 3 hours should be enough I think.
Written 15 June 2022
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John O
4 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Fun day out for the family, lots of educational activities for the kids too. Staff are very friendly and helpful with customers, especially with small children. Lots of interesting history and Manchester first's on display too.
Written 11 June 2022
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nurse1980
Lancashire, UK244 contributions
May 2022 • Family
A great way to pass an hour or so. Great exhibits especially the interactive ones for the children. Very educational. Lovely and clean, nice reasonably priced cafe.
Written 21 May 2022
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luce_del_mattino
Naples, Italy196 contributions
Jun 2021
Fantastic museum which showcases the history of Manchester which is no longer visible for many tourists when they visit the city centre. Good displays and demonstrations of how old machines a d factories work. Friendly, competent staff.
Written 21 May 2022
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Niamh Connellan
Dublin, Ireland66 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
Very interactive, educational experience, well worth a visit. Defo go back next time go to Manchester. Educational and benefits kids and adults alike
Written 18 May 2022
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Metrox
Preston, UK257 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
My single reason for visiting the science museum was the Amazonia photography exhibition by sebastiao Salgado. It is absolutely stunning. The images are printed large and are hung throughout the gallery space meaning you can wander through the hanging photographs, taking in the spectacle of the Amazon. The message is also very clear about the damage being done to the area too which gives a concerning air to the experience. I’ll need to visit again as it is too much to digest in a single visit. I had to book my tickets online for the museum and also the exhibition whereby you get a code for scanning.
Written 15 May 2022
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Wayne S
Torremolinos, Spain26 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
Took some friends who have never been before, sadly at the time most of the experience was closed from what I have seen before
Written 26 April 2022
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kimberley
Sheffield, UK144 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Unfortunately as most of the reviews state, there is very little to see at this museum at the moment. There are two rooms on the ground floor, one about engines and computers, and the second about cotton making machines and equipment. The top floor has kids science activities and a cafe. However there is not a lot of “science” at all in the museum which was very disappointing. We spent about an hour here in total. As it’s free to enter, I suppose you can’t complain.
Written 24 April 2022
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