What’s On

Find out below what there is to see and do at the museum. Filter by age recommendation and date to plan your visit.

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There are 21 activities

Picture of two girls dancing at the Museum of Science and Industry

Imagine it, Make it, Move it

Mostly free (certain events charged)

Join in the fun this summer as our Explainers get everyone imagining, making and moving with these fantastic shows, demonstrations and workshops.

  • Various age restrictions apply
  • Events
power-up

Power Up!

Charges apply

Power Up! is back for 2017 with over 160 consoles on offer. Get your game face on and play some of the most popular video games from the past 40 years, from Pong and Pacman to Minecraft and Mario.

  • Recommended for all ages
  • Event
Makefest

MakeFest 2017

Entry is free, though certain activities may be chargeable

MakeFest is our annual celebration of hands-on, do-it-yourself making.

  • Recommended for ages 6 and older
  • Workshop
Nikhil Chopra at Whitworth

Nikhil Chopra – New North and South

Free

From 29 September to 1 October, we welcome performance artist Nikhil Chopra to the museum. Chopra will create a one-off 48-hour performance based around Vulcan locomotive 3157 in the museum's Power Hall.

  • Various age restrictions apply
  • Event
1830 Express

1830 Express

Charges apply

Hop on the 1830 Express and step back to a time to when cotton was king and railways were about to change the world forever.

  • Recommended for all ages
  • Ride
Picture of children playing with interactive display at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Experiment!

Free

Stare into the mirror of infinity, create a tornado, and watch your own skeleton ride a bicycle. Play with 25 hands-on exhibits and see science in action.

  • Recommended for all ages
  • Interactive gallery
Lithograph of Manchester Victoria Station, 1845

Destination Stations

Free

Starting an adventure, saying goodbye or rushing to work.  For nearly 200 years, railway stations have been the backdrop to our personal dramas and everyday routines.

  • Recommended for ages 12 and older
  • Gallery
Baby computer replica at Museum of Science and Industry

Meet Baby

Free

The Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine, nicknamed 'Baby', was the first computer to store and run a program. Watch volunteers run our replica Baby and see how far computing has come since 1948.

  • Recommended for ages 12 and older
  • Demonstration
Manchester Mills demonstration at Museum of Science and Industry

Manchester Mills Demonstration

Free

Go back in time to the working mills of 150 years ago, experience the deafening sounds of the mill machines and find out what life was like for thousands of mill workers.

  • Recommended for ages 5 and older
  • Demonstration