Free entry – Donate online or at the museum Open 10am – 5pm daily

Hidden Treasures and Handling Gallery

Open daily

  • 10am to 5pm
  • Recommended for ages 5 and older
  • Free
  • Collections Centre, Great Western Warehouse
  • Step-free access throughout. Wheelchair-accessible toilets near museum main entrance. Read our facilities guide.

From the intriguing to the everyday, uncover clues to Manchester’s industrial and scientific achievements in our Collections Centre. Please touch!

Look out for our Factory Records collection, a trippy dippy slice of Madchester that will truly twist your melon.

Sing like a canary at the sight of our coal mining collection, featuring the original bottles and respirators used by miners from Greater Manchester.

Discover why small can be beautiful. Marvel at the original equipment that led to James Joule’s discovery of the first law of thermodynamics, and peek at the early microscopes made by Victorian instrument maker, John Benjamin Dancer.

Try your hand on a Morse code machine, get to grips with electromedical instruments and fondle a miner’s helmet in our Handling Gallery.

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