Free entry – Donate online or at the museum
Open 10am – 5pm daily
Find out below what there is to see and do at the museum. Filter by age recommendation and date to plan your visit.
23 July 2016 – 25 June 2017 Free
What's invisible to the human eye, thinner than a human hair and 200 times tougher than steel? Graphene.
27 May – 4 June 2017 Free
What's the difference between an inventor and a superhero? Can you ever be both? Find out this May half term with our super fun holiday programme. Collect a Super Inventor trading card at each activity and discover which inventor was the most super of them all.
19 – 20 August 2017 Entry is free, though certain activities may be chargeable
MakeFest is our annual celebration of hands-on, do-it-yourself making.
What’s kirigami? Can you build with graphene? Which materials might change our lives? Peel back the layers of the world’s first 2D material, and be inspired by the creative experimentation that led to the isolation of graphene.
Various dates and times 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.
Monthly experiments Free
Pi: Platform for Investigation is a monthly event where families discover cutting edge research that's happening right now in and around Manchester and the North West.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 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.
Open daily 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.
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.