The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester in the UK is a fantastic place to visit for adults and children alike. I haven’t been in for a long time and I was staying on the same road last month I visited with my family. What a treat!
One of the most amazing things about this incredible resource is that like many museums in Manchester and in the UK it is completely free to enter. You can spend many hours enjoying the sights and not spend any money. In my view, this is always a bonus. On the other hand, if you have a short amount of time available you don’t have to feel like it ‘wasn’t worth the money’. You can enjoy just a little of it and come back another day.
The museum has welcoming and helpful ‘explainers’ who have clearly marked sweatshirts and t-shirts so you know who they are. There are permanent exhibitions, temporary exhibitions, an air and space hall, a cafe, a shop, a station, talks and shows and lots to see.
We visited 4 parts of the museum.
The Revolution Gallery
In the Revolution Gallery we learned about technological discoveries and developments that changed the world. I was particularly interested in the computing and de-coding machines.
The Textiles Hall
I have visited a few museums with textiles and mill equipment but nothing on the scale of this one. The explainer told us all about what it was like to work in the mills and how the machines worked and were used.
The Experiment Gallery
There were just too many things going on in the Experiment Gallery to take photographs and we were busy pressing, pulling and playing with things. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the car that you move with cogs though! This gallery was basically a delight for the children. I heard many languages but mainly I heard a lot of squeals of delight and exclamations of surprise!
As we headed to our final area of the museum we were drawn in to a fun talk about the sun.
The Air and Space Hall
You can’t beat old planes and cars so that was our last gallery!
We had a blast and I would go back in a shot. There was plenty that we didn’t see and lots more to do. If you get a chance to go then do take the opportunity. It has a pretty fantastic shop too. This photo just shows half of it!