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Half Term Fun at MSI

Mostly free

There is plenty to keep kids and their adults happy over the summer half term through the stories of our historical site.

  • Recommended for ages 5 and older

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

Castlefield: From Haulage to Heritage

£5 (includes coffee or tea and a snack)

A walking tour of Castlefield and the Museum of Science and Industry’s historic seven-acre site. Part of Manchester Histories Festival.

  • Recommended for adults
  • Event

Explosions: A Blast from the Past

Free (limited spaces – tickets available on the day from the Information Desk)

We need your detective skills to find out who and what blew up a railway warehouse in the 1800s.

  • Recommended for ages 7 and older
  • Interactive science show

Kaleidoscope Workshop

Free

Are you seeing stars?  Discover the science behind mirrors and reflection by building your very own kaleidoscope in this interactive family workshop.

  • Recommended for ages 5 and older
  • Workshop

Heart to Heart: Works by Yu-Chen Wang

Free

What would our machines say if they could talk? Heart to Heart is an ambitious multimedia presentation that explores the human qualities in machines and includes a science fiction text, live performances, a film and an installation.

  • Recommended for ages 8 and older
  • Exhibition

Crane Construction: Under Pressure

£2 per crane

Can you work under pressure? Build a simple lifting machine to take home that works on air pressure and raise the bar – how much can your machine lift?

  • Recommended for ages 7 and older
  • Workshop

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

Cravings

Free

Take a tour of your taste buds and explore how food affects your brain, body and eating habits.

  • Recommended for ages 8 and older
  • Exhibition