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

Steam, Sweat and Spinners

Mostly free (certain events charged)

Step back in time this half term and experience the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian Manchester with our family friendly holiday programme. See the power of steam with our Engine Demonstrations, join the Cotton Mill Circus and light up your day with our Magic Lanterns.

  • Various age restrictions apply
  • Events
Picture of man wearing headphones and raising his hands in the air.

Sound and Music Late

Free entry (booking essential)

Spend an evening with legendary Factory Records designer Peter Saville, play the carrot clarinet, then rock out to a silent disco featuring the catchiest tunes on the planet.

  • adults only
  • Events
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


Sponsored by Siemens UK, 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
Manchester Mills demonstration at Museum of Science and Industry

Manchester Mills Demonstration


Go back in time to the working mills of 150 years ago, experience the deafening sounds of the mill machines and find out what life was like for thousands of mill workers.

  • Recommended for ages 5 and older
  • Demonstration