What’s On

Find out below what there is to see and do at the museum. Filter by age recommendation and date to plan your visit.

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There are 24 activities

Pciture of the Beattie Well Tank

Railway Weekend

Charges apply

Toot toot! It's full steam ahead at the Museum this summer as the Beattie Well Tank rolls back into Manchester for the first time in 143 years.

  • Recommended for all ages
  • Ride
Picture of pegs in a bowl on a world atlas, representing people on a boat coming to the UK

The Welcoming Party

Charges apply

The Welcoming Party will take you on an exciting journey through a historic hidden warehouse at the Museum of Science and Industry.

  • Ages 8 and older
  • Event
Picture of two girls dancing at the Museum of Science and Industry

Imagine it, Make it, Move it

Mostly free (certain events charged)

Our Explainer team are getting everyone imagining, making and moving this summer. They've got loads of special hands-on workshops, shows and demonstrations to last the whole holiday.

  • Various age restrictions apply
  • Events

Power Up!

Charges apply

Power Up! is back for 2017 with over 160 consoles on offer. Get your game face on and play some of the most popular video games from the past 40 years, from Pong and Pacman to Minecraft and Mario.

  • Recommended for all ages
  • Event

MakeFest 2017

Entry is free, though certain activities may be chargeable

MakeFest is our annual celebration of hands-on, do-it-yourself making.

  • Recommended for ages 6 and older
  • Workshop
Platform for Investigation at the Museum of Science and Industry

Pi: Platform for Investigation


Pi: Platform for Investigation is a monthly event where families discover cutting edge research that's happening right now in and around Manchester and the North West.

  • Recommended for ages 8 and older
  • Interactive science show
Picture of children playing with interactive display at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester



Stare into the mirror of infinity, create a tornado, and watch your own skeleton ride a bicycle. Play with 25 hands-on exhibits and see science in action.

  • Recommended for all ages
  • Interactive gallery
Lithograph of Manchester Victoria Station, 1845

Destination Stations


Starting an adventure, saying goodbye or rushing to work.  For nearly 200 years, railway stations have been the backdrop to our personal dramas and everyday routines.

  • Recommended for ages 12 and older
  • Gallery
Baby computer replica at Museum of Science and Industry

Meet Baby


The Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine, nicknamed 'Baby', was the first computer to store and run a program. Watch volunteers run our replica Baby and see how far computing has come since 1948.

  • Recommended for ages 12 and older
  • Demonstration