Free entry – Donate online or at the museum Open 10am – 5pm daily

Families With Older Children (5+)

Find out more about our shows, demonstrations and special events that are perfect if you’re visiting with older children.

Prepare to be amazed and entertained as we bring science and history to life with interactive shows, fun filled machinery demonstrations and of course, a bit of good old fashioned dressing up.

Picture of the Engineer Eric demonstration at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Regular Shows and Demonstrations

Our fantastic team of Explainers will help you get the most out of your visit. Join them for fast paced family shows and entertaining demonstrations of our historic steam engines and textile machinery.

Engine Demonstration (daily)

Manchester Mills Demonstration (daily)

The Revolution Manchester Show (daily)

Engineer Eric’s Difficult Day (Saturdays and Sundays)

Picture of two children waiting for the 1830 Express at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

1830 Express

Hop on board our steam train and ride the world’s first intercity railway. Hear all about the opening day and how people felt as they travelled faster than ever before.

The train runs at weekends and during the school holidays. Please click here for confirmed running dates.


Can you lift a Mini? Could you shake hands with yourself? Or make a tornado? Try all of this and more in Experiment! – a gallery full of interactive, hands-on activities to keep kids (and their grown-ups) entertained. See here for details.

Picture of a father and daughter at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Pi: Platform for Investigation

Sponsored by Siemens, Pi is your chance to get up close to real-life science. It’s exciting, it’s fun and it looks pretty cool, too. Working researchers and scientists from across the North West get out of the lab to bring fun, free activities to family visitors on our state-of-the-art, computer wired platform. Keep up to date here.

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