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“Great museum - but don't eat there...” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museum of Science & Industry

Museum of Science & Industry
Ranked #2 of 172 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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Manchester
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“Great museum - but don't eat there...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

We live in Manchester, so have visited several times over the years, with and without children.

Manchester was the cradle of the Industrial Revolution, and home to the first public railway (indeed, the museum occupies the site of the world's first railway station) as well as being a major centre for textile production and aviation. Add to that the invention of the world's first electronic stored-program computer, and you can imagine the breadth of subject matter that the museum covers.

The museum has been improved and expanded over the last few years. There is something here for everyone, and children are well catered for, especially weekends (when we visited most recently) when there are different activities and demonstrations laid on. The steam railway also operates at weekends. The museum is free, but some temporary special exhibits are charged for. Leave at least a couple of hours for a visit, more if you can.

The exhibits are well laid out, with excellent explanatory materials and related objects for context. Naturally, much of the material here relates to Manchester and its industrial history, but that covers a lot of ground and there is no sense of parochialism or making a little go a long way. Manchester led the world in industrial and scientific innovation, and MOSI does this justice.

There is one downside, which we discovered when we stopped for a bite to eat in the cafe. Nothing wrong with the food, but it is eye-wateringly expensive. We both had a 'chicken roll' (ie, a sausage roll, but with chicken). The price? £3.95 each! Add a cookie, a muffin, and two cups of tea, and the bill was a whopping £15.95, which is outrageous for two snacks. My tip: take a picnic to eat in the Air & Space Hall over the road from the main entrance, where there are tables and chairs set aside for the purpose. There's a great fish 'n chip shop right across the road, too.

Visited June 2014
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Island of Anglesey, United Kingdom
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“not enough time!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

This is an amazing experience. We made the mistake of popping in for an hour and completely ran out of time. There is so much to offer for everyone, but particularly well thought through for children.

Visited June 2014
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bristol
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“quite interesting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

I was expecting to see a bit more on the social history of industrial Manchester. Not really into motor vehicles. Got a bit confused in the textile section on which way round to go. Also the machines seemed distant but it was quite interesting and so was history of gas and water!

Visited June 2014
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“Exceptional Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

Just stopped in for an hour. So much to see we plan on going back and spending the day. The museum is huge and is located in the old Liverpool Street Railway Station and old warehouses.

Visited May 2014
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“Gem of a museum in an unexpected place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

We expected Manchester to be "gritty/industrial" and this museum is a nice reminder of the origins of the Industrial Revolution. It's wonderful to see old warehouse and rail buildings repurposed to be museum buildings. We loved it and will make a special trip sometime to stay more than a day in Manchester.

Visited June 2014
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