- Free museum entry
Except for some of our science shows and attractions
- Museum of Science and Industry
- Open 10am to 5pm every day
except 24 to 26 December and 1 January
- Read our accessibility and facilities guide
Frequently asked questions about school visits
Do we have to pay to get into the museum?
Do I have to book in advance?
No. Entry to the museum is free, but you will have to pay for some of our shows and exhibitions.
We will always tell you about any charges on our website.
Can you provide a risk assessment?
We need 1 week’s notice if you’d like to book a school show.
If you’re planning a self-guided visit, we still recommend booking in advance as we can help you plan your visit, and offer you a discount on some of our attractions.
How do I book a school trip?
Our site is a low-risk environment and we've carried out risk assessments in all areas to ensure there are no significant hazards.
You may need a risk assessment for a specific purpose, but we can't do this for you. Nor can we send you copies of the large number of risk assessments we've carried out around our site.
The main hazards around the museum are:
- Moving machinery - Please explain to your group the reasons for the barriers surrounding some of our exhibits.
- Uneven surfaces - Our yards are cobbled and have railway tracks set into them, however, a network of smooth paths connects all of our buildings.
- Ramp to lower yard - This ramp is for vehicles, and – as indicated by signs – must not be used by pedestrians.
- Zebra crossing - You will need to use the zebra crossing on Lower Byron Street to move between the Air and Space Hall or the rest of the site.
You may find the following information useful for carrying out your own risk assessment:
What methods of payment do you accept?
Complete our booking form at least 1 week before the date of your visit, and we’ll get back to you within 5 working days to confirm your booking.
Can I cancel the booking?
You can pay by cheque, card or cash on the day of your visit, or we can send an invoice after your visit.
We can’t take any payment before the date of your visit.
Do you have a lunch space for school groups?
Yes—but if you cancel fewer than 14 days before the date of your visit, we will send you an invoice for the full cost of your booking.
Do you have somewhere we can leave coats, bags and lunchboxes?
Yes. You can request a 30-minute slot in our picnic area when you complete our booking form, but lunch spaces are subject to availability.
Yes. We have storage space in our picnic area, provided you have booked a lunch space for your trip.
How to get to the museum
Travelling by coach or minibus
Travelling by Metrolink (Greater Manchester tram network)
We don’t have any coach or minibus parking spaces on-site. Please ask your coach driver to drop off and pick up on Liverpool Road, just around the corner from our main entrance. Coaches that stop in front of our main entrance cause congestion.
Travelling by train
Our nearest Metrolink stop is Deansgate–Castlefield, which is serviced by all trams except for:
- Bury to Abraham Moss (blue line)
- Cornbrook to MediaCityUK (brown line)
Deansgate–Castlefield tram stop is 10 minutes’ walk away.
Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website for more information about the Metrolink tram service.
Our nearest railway station is Deansgate, which is 10 minutes’ walk away.
We are 15 minutes’ walk away from Manchester Oxford Road station, 25 minutes’ walk away from Manchester Victoria station, and 30 minutes’ walk away from Manchester Piccadilly station.
You can travel to Deansgate station on the train from Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Oxford Road railway stations.
The free Metroshuttle bus service stops at all city centre railway stations. All 3 Metroshuttle services will bring you within 5 minutes’ walk of the museum.
Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website for more information about travelling by train to Manchester.
If you need more information to help you plan your visit, please call us on 0161 833 0027 (8.30am to 4.30pm daily) or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you within 5 working days.