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Power – Our Easter programme

1 – 17 April 2017

  • 1 – 17 April 2017, 10am – 5pm
  • Various age restrictions apply
  • Free
  • Throughout the museum
  • Step-free access throughout. Read our facilities guide for full accessibility information.

Have you got the power? It’s full steam ahead for family fun this Easter with our holiday activities.

Discover what gives machines that get up and go with our interactive shows, engaging demonstrations and hands on workshops.

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

Cranes – Under Pressure

Power Hall
11am – 1pm
Ages 7 and over

Can you work under pressure? Raise the bar by building a simple, air pressure machine to take home – how much can your machine lift?

For Under 5s, we will have a mini construction site where you can pop on a hard hat and get constructing. What will you build?

Dynamo Disco

Revolution Manchester, Great Western Warehouse
15 – 16 April
11am – 1.30pm and 2pm – 4.30pm
Dynamo Bikes – Ages 7
Disco – All ages

Fancy throwing some shapes at our disco? You'll have to generate the electricity first. Get pedalling on our dynamo bikes and generate enough energy to power the sound system and get the party started. You can also take part in our dynamo race and find out how much power you hold.

Wind Turbines Workshop

Revolution Manchester, Great Western Warehouse
2.30pm – 4.30pm
Ages 7 and over

Behold the power of wind as we put you in a spin. Create your own wind turbine, test out different designs to discover the best blade and then vote for your favourite.

Picture of the engine demonstration at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Engine Demonstration

Power Hall
11am, 1pm, 2pm, 4pm
Ages 8 and over

How can the stuff that comes out of your kettle power a whole factory? This interactive engine demonstration will show you how steam can power an engine the size of an elephant and how it still powers our homes today.

Manchester Mills

Textiles Gallery, Great Western Warehouse
10.30am, 3pm
Ages 5 and over

What's a flying shuttle? How fast is a speed frame and how can you create a twist? Join us for a live demonstration of our textiles machinery as we turn plants into clothes. Plus discover the difficult jobs that went along with such powerful machines.

1830 Express

Railway Platform, Upper Yard
5, 6, 8, 9 and 12 – 14 April
11.30am (excluding Sundays), 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm
Adults £4, Children £3, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £12 (tickets available from the Great Western Warehouse Information Desk)
All ages

Hop on the 1830 Express and take a ride on the world's oldest surviving passenger railway.

Picture of a boy taking part in the crane workshop at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Engineer Eric

Power Hall
11.30am, 1.30pm
Ages 5 and over

Our forgetful Fireman is learning how to power Pender the steam locomotive. But with Engineer Eric planning a big test, they are going to need your help.

The Revolution Manchester Show

Revolution Manchester, Great Western Warehouse
10.30am, 1.30pm
Ages 5 and over

Manchester powered our world. With explosions, a flying beachball and even dancing we’ll show you how – but we’re going to need your help. Are you ready?

Picture of young girl playing in the Experiment! Gallery at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Activities for Under 4s

My Den

Textiles Gallery

A quieter, more sensory space for families with babies and young children to play together. With projections, touch-feel wall panels and comfy mats, it's the perfect place to take some time out during your visit.

Soft Play Experiment!


A soft play area especially for young builders and demolishers. Bright blocks that can be stacked, climbed and toppled – all in a day’s work for mini architects and engineers.

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