Science and Industry Museum

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Science and Industry Museum
Drew Forsyth

Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP – Visit Now

Dedicated to inspiring visitors through revolutionary, world-changing ideas, the Science and Industry Museum pairs historic sites with a dynamic, contemporary science programme.

From big ideas to small inventions, discover the pioneering work that helped to shape life as we know it in the Revolution Manchester Gallery. Unravel science secrets with hands-on activities, shows and demonstrations around the museum, find out how the city’s heritage is interwoven with the cotton industry in the Textiles Gallery and see science brought to life in Experiment, a family friendly interactive gallery. All housed within the Grade II listed New Warehouse, with the option of stepping out into the cobbled Upper Yard to enjoy the beautiful Planting Stories garden and uncover stories of the historic site. Plus, play the best video games and consoles from the past 50 years in Power UP, the ultimate hands-on gaming experience.

The Science and Industry Museum’s collection spans 250 years of discoveries and innovations that began in Manchester – and went on to change the world. The globally significant site comprises six listed buildings (two Grade I and four Grade II). The museum found its permanent home in the former Liverpool Road Station – the site of the original terminus of the world’s first inter-city railway – in 1983, having outgrown its temporary premises on Grosvenor Street in Chorlton-on-Medlock (the North Western Museum of Science and Industry first opened in 1969).

The Science and Industry Museum’s collection spans 250 years of discoveries and innovations that began in Manchester – and went on to change the world.

Open daily from 10.00-17.00, the museum also hosts a programme of temporary exhibitions and special events including the biennial Manchester Science Festival.

The on-site shop and café are open, with the latter now using sustainable disposable materials rather than crockery. The café is open from 9.30 and serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, salads, pastries, cakes and snacks.

For more information about any of the above, visit the venue’s website at the link below.


A multi-million-pound restoration programme is currently underway at this globally significant industrial heritage site to carry out crucial restoration work, bring the story of the historic site to life, and to create a more sustainable museum for visitors to play and learn in. This means that there is some scaffolding and that some buildings will remain closed until works are complete, but there is still plenty for you to come and explore. You can find out more about how the Museum is changing and which areas are open to visitors.

The museum is open daily, 10.00–17.00.
Find out what’s on and plan your visit at

  • Liverpool Road
  • Manchester
  • M3 4FP
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: Closed
  • Tue: Closed
  • Wed: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

Admission Charges


Services and Facilities

Exhibits, special events and exhibitions, archive, cafe, bistro and shop


Wheelchair access to all public areas

Commercial and hire services

Available for meetings, conferences, events, weddings

Things to do at Science and Industry Museum

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