Free entry – Donate online or at the museum
Open 10am – 5pm daily
Find out below what there is to see and do at the museum. Filter by age recommendation and date to plan your visit.
22 July – 3 September 2017 Mostly free (certain events charged)
Join in the fun this summer as our Explainers get everyone imagining, making and moving with these fantastic shows, demonstrations and workshops.
11–28 August 2017 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.
19 – 20 August 2017 Entry is free, though certain activities may be chargeable
MakeFest is our annual celebration of hands-on, do-it-yourself making.
29 September – 1 October 2017 Free
From 29 September to 1 October, we welcome performance artist Nikhil Chopra to the museum. Chopra will create a one-off 48-hour performance based around Vulcan locomotive 3157 in the museum's Power Hall.
Various dates and times 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.
Open daily Free
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.
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.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday Free
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.
Daily shows Free
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.