Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry
Liverpool Road
Greater Manchester
M3 4FP




The Learning Centre


24 Hour Information Line

0161 832 2244

Group Bookings

0161 606 0177

School Bookings

0161 833 0027



0161 833 1471

Schools Bookings

0161 832 1511

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Uncover Manchester's industrial past and learn about the fascinating stories of the people who contributed to the history and science of a city that helped shape the modern world. Located on the site of the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station and only minutes from Manchester's City Centre, the Museum's action-packed galleries, working exhibits and costumed characters tell the amazing story of revolutionary discoveries and remarkable inventions both past and present - a memorable day out for everyone!

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

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Opening hours

Open daily 10.00-17.00

Closed 24-26 December and 1 January

Admission charges

Admission to the Museum's permanent galleries is FREE.
Charges apply for Special Exhibitions.


  • Museums Association

Additional info

Wheelchair access to 98% of the Museum. A loan service is available for Wheelchairs, Mobility Seats, Magnifiers and Water Bowls. (£20 returnable deposit). Handling sessions can be organised for partially sighted and blind visitors. 10 minute pre-sessions are available for most events. For further details, please call 0161 606 0156.

Our collections are Designated by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council as being 'pre-eminent collections of national and international importance'. We also provide access to about a third of our reserve collections through our on-site Collections Centre.

This museum's Designated collections are highly focused on the science and industry of the North West and, as a result of the region's pre-eminent role in industrial history, are often of national and international significance. The wealth of archival material is particularly significant. For example, the electricity industry collections illustrating the context, development and impact of electricity on people's lives, are underpinned by the records for the industry donated by the Electricity Council in 1986. The museum has been recognised with numerous awards for the restoration and interpretation of its historic site, Liverpool Road Station, which is the oldest railway station in the world.

The Museum uses its collections to tell the story of Manchester as the world’s first industrial city. We mainly collect objects that were made or used in the Manchester area. We also hold archives relating to people and companies from the region. We collect items from the present, as well as the past, in order to portray Manchester’s continuing story.

Our object collections range from familiar domestic appliances to unfamiliar manufacturing machinery and scientific instruments. We also collect vehicles, office equipment, models, memorabilia, awards, architectural materials, archaeological finds and, occasionally, works of art. Our collections of business and personal archives include minute books, letters, trade literature (such as catalogues and manuals), engineering drawings and photographs. We also collect textile samples and pattern books, prints, paintings and audiovisual and sound recordings, including oral and video histories.

Collection details

Trade and Commerce, Social History, Science and Technology, Photography, Personalities, Land Transport, Industry, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Aviation, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Penny Farthing

Pedal Power

  • 19 July 2014 — 1 March 2015 *on now

From bone shaker bikes and Empire Games medals, to contemporary track bikes and hi-tech kit, Pedal Power is a celebration of track cycling, technology and teamwork.
Take a trip around our mini reconstruction of the Manchester Velodrome, explore the science behind Team GB’s recent successes and pit yourself against Olympic greats on our time trial bike.
Discover the stories behind the city’s cycling legends, including Britain’s first cycling superstar Reg Harris and 1928 Olympic Silver medallist Jack Sibbit.
Pedal power is a free, family friendly exhibition celebrating everything that is great on two wheels.

Suitable for

  • Any age




Wedgewood Tureen

3D: Printing the Future

  • 23 October 2014 — 19 April 2015 *on now

From printed knickers and a synthetic heart, to 3D printed pills and skull scaffolds, discover how 3D printing is about to change your life.
3D: Printing the Future brings together hundreds of 3D printed objects, celebrating the creativity and exploring the potential of this groundbreaking technology.

On public display for the first time will be a prototype radar scanner designed to detect 3D printed weapons, and the world’s first fully 3D printed bike frame.

Suitable for

  • Any age




Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Constructive Criticism History Guided Tour

What can we learn from historic buildings? How do we use buildings as evidence? An Education Officer will lead your group on a guided tour around MoSI's unique buildings, including the Grade 1 listed 1830 Warehouse and 1830 Station Building. A great opportunity to take sourcework out of the classroom.
Add a session with an archivist in the Collections Centre looking at primary evidence for an additional cost of £1.00 per pupil.

How to obtain

History guided tours cost £3.00 per pupil (Minimum group charge £45.00, although there is no minimum group charge for Special Needs groups. Tours are led by a Museum Education Officer and last 45 minutes. They are available all year round and can be booked for groups of up to 20 pupils for 9.45am, 11.00am, 12.15pm and 1.30pm. They can be adapted to meet the needs of different groups. (Contact the Learning Centre to discuss.)

Engines at Work

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of real operational steam engines that powered mills all over the North West and helped to shape our world, in this daily demonstration of Engines at Work. Come along between 11.00-16.00.

How to obtain

This event is free and suitable for all ages.

Manchester Mills

Follow the thread of Manchester's cotton industry as Museum of Science and Industry Presenters take you on a whistle-stop tour of how cotton is processed from its raw state to the finished product - a piece of calico cloth. Go back in time to the working mills of 150 years ago and experience the deafening sounds of the mill machines. Find out how the machines changed peoples' lives and listen to the stories of what life was like for thousands of mill workers. Some of our Presenters have first-hand experience of working in a textile mill. Learn about the working conditions, when respiratory diseases were rife and children as young as five were employed to sweep under these dangerous machines.

How to obtain

Demonstrations are free, just turn up at the start time. Email for more event details.

Revulsion to Reform History Guided Tour

Why were living and working conditions in 18th and 19th century Manchester so bad? What did people do to improve conditions for the working class? Explore these issues and more on a guided tour of MoSI's Making of Manchester and Underground Manchester galleries.
Ideal for both Key Stage 3 and Medicine Through Time GCSE.

How to obtain

History guided tours cost £3.00 per pupil (Minimum group charge £45.00, although there is no minimum group charge for Special Needs groups. Tours are led by a Museum Education Officer and last 45 minutes. They are available all year round and can be booked for groups of up to 20 pupils for 9.45am, 11.00am, 12.15pm and 1.30pm. They can be adapted to meet the needs of different groups. (Contact the Learning Centre to discuss.)


Go along to Museum of Science and Industry's monthly weekend storytime sessions for under 5s. Each month we will read stories and poems and sing songs all for free. Join in between 10.00 and 10.50 on weekends and in school holidays.

How to obtain

No need to book, free sessions. Contact for more information.


These popular activity sessions for under 4s and their carers take place in Museum of Science and Industry's hands-on science gallery, Xperiment, with a different topic each month. Fun, creative activities, puppets and storytelling help toddlers get the most out of this gallery. Join in from 10.00-11.30, on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

How to obtain

Booking is essential. Please ring and reserve your place on 0161 833 0027 or 0161 606 0156. Tickets are £1.00 per child. A group booking form must be completed for groups of ten or more.