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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Graphene

Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond

Free

What’s invisible to the human eye, thinner than a human hair and 200 times tougher than steel? Graphene.

  • Recommended for ages 5 and older
  • Exhibition
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Manchester Science Festival 2016

Mostly free

Part laboratory, part playground – Manchester Science Festival takes place in eclectic venues across Greater Manchester to bring you science, art, performance, craft and conversations.

  • Recommended for all ages
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MSF 2016 at MSI

Mostly free

In addition to the Cloud Crash art installation and a dedicated series of Pi: Platform for Investigation events, we also have a bumper programme of other activities for all ages taking place at the museum during Manchester Science Festival, from 20 – 30 October 2016.

  • Recommended for all ages
Picture of a kirigami fold with woman in the background

Creative Wonder Materials

Free

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.

  • Recommended for ages 5 and older
  • Interactive gallery
Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov

In Conversation with Professor Andre Geim

Free (booking required)

A rare chance to hear the Nobel Prize-winning physicist talk about his life and work.

  • You must be 18 or older
  • Discussion
Image of Cloud Crash by HeHe

Cloud Crash

Free

For the world premiere of Cape Farewell’s 2016 Lovelock Art Commission, Paris-based artists HeHe have taken inspiration from James Lovelock, the Museum of Science and Industry’s collection and the research of the Natural Environment Research Council.

  • Recommended for all ages
  • Exhibition
Platform for Investigation at the Museum of Science and Industry

Pi: Platform for Investigation

Free

We have a bumper Pi programme in October, as part of Manchester Science Festival.

  • Recommended for ages 8 and older
  • Interactive science show
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
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