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“Odd layout but enjoyable afternoon”

Museum of Science & Industry
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US$16.45*
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Manchester Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #19 of 196 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We arrived in Manchester in good time and decided to walk in and get our bearings. Wandered in and found the Museum of Science and Industry. There aren't many sign posts around town until you're in close proximity, which is tucked away in a side road.

The entrance fee is a suggested donation of £3. The foyer was busy and the leaflet we were given wasn't actually very helpful. It tells you what each building contains and on what floor, but there is no indication of a 'flow' for the set up. Each room is just a collection of items/machines but they are not in chronological order (from what we could tell).

However, the items they did have on display were great. The trains and engines are marvellous, and it's hard to imagine how these machines have been engineered on such a massive scale.

It was busy as it was the Easter bank holiday. Obviously such a hands-on place is full of children! It is still enjoyable for adults, if you can manage other people's unruly noisy children. Sadly this is the case in most places these days.

The staff were absolutely charming and extremely helpful.

Overall, it is great value for money and there's a lot to do for children. Layout is confusing but not the end of the world.

Thank bextherunt
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Was very disappointed in the amount of scientific info aimed at adults, seemed mostly aimed at entertaining kids. Lots of the interactive stands were broken or missing pieces so overall a waste of time.

Thank GemmaCharlotte94
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Nice to see how Manchester developed and helped to change the world over the centuries! You ll find a lot of history here..we were out in 2,5 hours, but if you want stay a half a day it wont be a problem

Thank Monika O
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Spent a full day exploring the museum witht eentire family. Kids loved the interactive sections whilst adults enjoyed exploring the different exhibits. Lots of "live" events that were included although we didnt pay the extra to enter the Robots exhibition.

Thank Andy B
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

One might not think that a museum of science and industry would be a "must see" attraction, but my wife and I really enjoyed the 2+ hours we spent here. They've done such a fantastic job with this museum. I particularly like the emphasis on the role that the city of Manchester played in developing industry, for England and the world.

This would be even better if you have kids! And it is FREE! [But make a donation!]

Thank Wiseclam
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