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Building Our New Gallery

We're changing. We're creating something wonderful.

Over the next two years, we will be building a new Special Exhibition Gallery on our museum site.

This will transform part of our 1830 Warehouse and viaduct, breathing new life into our unique heritage buildings, and creating a unique new space to house world-class exhibitions and events to inspire our visitors.

Building the new gallery means we will be able to carry out conservation work on our Grade I listed buildings and reveal special features such as the original brick arches.

We're working on the Special Exhibition Gallery with acclaimed architects Carmody Groarke.

Some of the proposed designs can be found in the carousel below.

What does the construction of the Special Exhibition Gallery mean for our visitors?

You may have noticed that over the last few months, some of the galleries in the 1830 Warehouse have closed permanently to make way for the new gallery. We have recently received planning permission for the gallery, so we will soon be able to start work.

For around two years, the lower part of our site will be closed to visitors, while we build the Special Exhibition Gallery. These temporary closures include the 1830 Warehouse and the Station Building. Please check the Plan Your Visit and What's On pages for the current status.

While we are building the gallery, the rest of the museum will remain open, so there will still be lots to enjoy including our train ride experience, which will be available until the spring, and our ongoing exhibitions, events and daily demonstrations of working machinery.

How much will it cost and how are we paying for it?

The project will cost around £6.2m. It has been generously supported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Wellcome, the Kirby Laing Foundation, the Zochonis Charitable Trust, and Friends of the Museum of Science and Industry.

The museum is also pleased to announce that it has received £300,000 in funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Who is working on the project?

Lead Architects: Carmody Groarke
Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
Services Engineer: Skelly & Couch
Cost Consultant: Appleyard & True
Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
Planning Consultant: Deloitte Real Estate

What is happening to the collections?

The collections in these galleries will be stored, re-displayed elsewhere in the museum or loaned to other museums and galleries. Moving these objects for the first time in decades also gives us the opportunity to document, research and care for them.

What else is changing?

The new gallery is just the first element in a long-term plan to invest in our museum and transform our visitors' experiences here. Over the next 10–15 years, as well as building the Special Exhibition Gallery, we will create a series of new galleries that will bring to life the history of our globally significant site. We'll reveal how pioneering ideas born in Manchester changed the world and continue to do so today. We'll be creating even more opportunities for adults and children to engage with creative science and STEM subjects in imaginative and playful ways.

Our long-term plan is to create a world-class Museum of Science and Industry for Manchester and the north of England, and we would love you to join us on our journey.

Where can I find out more?

This page will be updated as and when we have new information to share. Or, you can sign up to our email newsletter.

You can also speak to a member of staff in the museum. If you have any queries please email us or phone 0161 832 2244.

Images copyright: Museum of Science and Industry and Carmody Groarke

Images credit: Forbes Massie