Our collection documents 250 years of discoveries and innovations that began in Manchester and went on to influence the world. It shines a light upon the achievements and experiences of the people behind those stories.
Key objects in the collection include:
- The models used by John Dalton to demonstrate his atomic theory, laying the foundations of modern chemistry.
- Parts from the world’s first commercially available computer, the Ferranti Mark 1.
- One of the world’s largest collections of working steam mill engines, which you can see in action in our Power Hall.
- The 5 listed buildings that make up the globally-important heritage site upon which the museum stands. Liverpool Road Station was the original terminus of the world’s first inter-city railway, and our Station Building is the world’s oldest surviving passenger station.