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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Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond


What's invisible to the human eye, thinner than a human hair and 200 times tougher than steel? Graphene.

  • Recommended for ages 5 and older
  • Exhibition
Half Term Fun at MSI

Super Inventors


What's the difference between an inventor and a superhero? Can you ever be both? Find out this May half term with our super fun holiday programme. Collect a Super Inventor trading card at each activity and discover which inventor was the most super of them all.

  • Various age restrictions apply
  • Events

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
Picture of a kirigami fold with woman in the background

Creative Wonder Materials


What’s kirigami? Can you build with graphene? Which materials might change our lives? Peel back the layers of the world’s first 2D material, and be inspired by the creative experimentation that led to the isolation of graphene.

  • Recommended for ages 5 and older
  • Interactive gallery
1830 Express

1830 Express

Charges apply

Hop on the 1830 Express and step back to a time to when cotton was king and railways were about to change the world forever.

  • Recommended for all ages
  • Ride
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
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
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
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