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Steam, Sweat and Spinners – Our February half term programme

11 – 26 February 2017

  • 11 – 26 February 2017, 10am – 5pm
  • Various age restrictions apply
  • Mostly free (certain events charged)
  • Throughout the museum
  • Step-free access throughout. Wheelchair-accessible toilets near museum main entrance and between Power Hall and Station Building. Read our facilities guide.

Step back in time this half term and experience the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian Manchester with our family friendly holiday programme. See the power of steam with our Engine Demonstrations, join the Cotton Mill Circus and light up your day with our Magic Lanterns.

Goo in the Loo

Mezzanine Level, 1830 Warehouse
11am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1pm
Tickets available from the 1830 Warehouse information desk
Ages 7 and over

Find out just how smelly Victorian Manchester was and get messy with make-your-own goo. It's slippery, slimy and absolutely sludge-tastic.

Picture of an Explainer and child during the Goo in the Loo show at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Victorian Funfair

Outside in the Upper Yard
17 – 26 February
10.30am – 4.30pm
£2 per person, per ride (£2.50 for Hook a Duck)
Recommended for ages 7 and over. Some rides will be subject to height restrictions. 

See the world from the top of the Big Wheel, win at Hook-a-Duck, and ride a magical carousel horse – have all the fun of the fair Victorian style.
 

Picture of Victorian carousel in the Upper Yard at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Cotton Mill Circus

Air and Space Hall
10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm (11 – 26 February) 3.30pm (20 – 26 February only)
Free ticket required (available from the Air and Space Hall Information Desk)
Recommended for ages 8 and under

Roll up! Roll up! Calling all lion tamers, strongmen and magicians! Help the kids of the cotton mill turn their grim jobs into a colourful circus through stories and fun, especially for our youngest visitors.

Picture of an Explainer and child during the Victorian half term show at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Magic Lanterns Workshop

Revolution Manchester, Great Western Warehouse
2.30pm – 4.30pm (drop in)
Recommended for ages 7 and over

What did people do before TV? Make a magic lantern to entertain and amaze your family and friends.

Picture of boy looking into a magic lantern at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Victorian Photo Booth

Power Hall
10am – 4pm
All ages

Are you an engineer or a mill worker? How about a rich industrialist or a street urchin? Strike a pose in moustaches, flat caps and bonnets for your own Victorian selfie.

Dr Butler's Hatstand Medicine Band - Live

Revolution Manchester, Great Western Warehouse
18, 19, 25 and 26 February
11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm
All ages

Join Dr Butler's Hatstand Medicine Band for their own good-time musical extravaganza, with some foot stomping and show stealing tunes.

Picture of children waiting for the 1830 Express steam train at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

1830 Express

Railway platform, Upper Yard
11, 12, 18 and 20 – 26 February
11.30am (Except 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.

Engine Demonstration

Power Hall
11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Recommended for ages 7 and over
 

How does your kettle help power a revolution? Find out with our noisy, smelly steam engines and see how Manchester kick-started the modern world.

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

Manchester Mills

Textiles Gallery, Great Western Warehouse
10.30am (20 – 26 February only), 11.30am, 13.30pm, 3.30pm
Recommended for ages 7 and over 

What's a flying shuttle? Where's a Devil Hole? And who's a scavenger? See our textile machines in action and discover what life was like in the mills that made Manchester.

The Revolution Manchester Show

Revolution Manchester, Great Western Warehouse
11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm
Recommended for ages 7 and over

Manchester built our world. We’ll show you how with explosions, flying machines, and even dancing, but we'll need your help to do it.

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