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Museum of Science and Industry

What’s on this February at the Museum of Science and Industry

For immediate release

It's the end of the world this month and only you can save mankind—that’s what the scientists from Project Doomsday will have you believe anyway. We also meet the amazing folks from the Institute of Civil Engineers to find out how they build the world around us, hang out with some cool robots and go to space with Tim Peake. 

Experitots

Friday 9 February

Once a month, our hands-on science gallery, Experiment!, is filled with a range of multisensory activities specifically for children aged 1–4.

During these relaxed sessions, toddlers and their adults are encouraged to play, explore and experiment together. Our team of friendly Explainers are on hand to support young explorers throughout the morning, and at 10.45 and 11.15 you can join them for 20 minutes of songs, play and multi-sensory fun.

Tickets are £5 for one adult and one child, and £3 per additional adult and child. Book online or in advance at the museum.

Robots on display in the Science Museum

Robots

Open daily 10.15–17.00 until 15 April

Our blockbuster exhibition Robots explores our obsession with recreating ourselves in robot form, and what it truly means to be a human in a robotic world.

Tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for children. Family discounts available. Free for ages 6 and under. Book online or at the museum.

PI: PLATFORM FOR INVESTIGATION – POWERED BY SIEMENS: Building the World

Saturday 3 February, 10.30–15.30

Join some amazing engineers at the Museum of Science and Industry for Pi: Platform for Investigation – Power by Siemens to find out how amazing engineers have constructed the places we live, play and travel. 

There will be a host of fun, hands-on activities, including bridge building, making Archimedes screws from plastic bottles, creating giant tetrahedrons and laying Lego tracks. 

The event will provide an opportunity to meet real-life scientists from the Institute of Civil Engineers. 

Free, no need to book. 

Comedy duo Robin and Partridge

Project Doomsday: The Intelligent Machine Chapter

Thursday 8 February, 19.30–20.30

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Doomsday Clock has struck midnight, and audiences have 60 minutes to make do-or-die decisions and avert global catastrophe!

Directors of Project Doomsday are comedy duo Robin and Partridge. The show will also featuring computer science and cybersecurity expert Miranda Mowbray, Dr Antoniu Pop from the University of Manchester and more to be announced.

Tickets £5. Book online or at the museum.

Space Descent VR

SPACE DESCENT VR WITH TIM PEAKE

Open daily 10.30–16.00

Ever wanted to fly through space and pilot a capsule back home? Join British astronaut and narrator Tim Peake on the out-of-this-world virtual reality mission that puts you in the pilot's seat of a Soyuz capsule. Using the latest state-of-the-art Samsung Gear VR technology, you’ll get a 360° look inside the capsule and experience the thrill of retracing Tim's 400km journey as you land safely back on Earth.

Tickets £6. Ages 13 and older only. Book online or on the day.

CHANGING PLACES, CREATING SPACES

Open daily 10.00–17.00

A stunning new photography exhibition that charts the history of the museum and the building restoration work carried out since it moved to the site of the historic Liverpool Road Station in 1983.

Free, no need to book.

DESTINATION STATIONS

Open daily 10.00–17.00

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. Destination Stations offers a glimpse into the expansion of railways, focused on Manchester and the route to London.

Free, no need to book.

CIRCUIT CITY

Open daily 10.00–17.00

A family-friendly display telling the story of how the first electric power networks changed our city.

The first power station in Manchester opened on Dickinson Street in 1893. A network of cables and junctions soon snaked across the city. Thanks to this network, electricity powered factories and illuminated parts of our city on a large scale.

This mini exhibition looks at how electricity was initially generated, harnessed, supplied and used across Manchester through the story of Dickinson Street Power Station, and the impact that this had on the growth of the city, and people’s lives.

Free, no need to book.

FAMILY SHOWS

Daily (times vary, please see links below for details)

Our family shows include Human vs Machine and the Revolution Manchester Show.

Free, no need to book.

NOTES TO EDITORS

A selection of images is available to download via Dropbox here: http://bit.ly/2DPfmQg

Hi-res images can be emailed or sent via WeTransfer on request.

For any image or interview requests, please contact Kat Harrison-Dibbits, Press and PR Manager, on 0161 606 0176 or email kat,dibbits@msimanchester.org.uk.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY

The Museum of Science and Industry tells the story of where science met industry and the modern world began. Manchester was one of the first global, industrial cities, and its epic rise, decline and resurrection has been echoed in countless other cities around the world. From textiles to computers, the objects and documents held in the museum’s collection tell stories of everyday life over the last 200 years, from light bulbs to locomotives.  The museum’s mission is to inspire all its visitors, including future scientists and inventors, with the story of how ideas can change the world, from the industrial revolution to today and beyond.

The Museum of Science and Industry is part of the Science Museum Group, a family of museums which also includes the Science Museum in London; the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon; and the Science and Media Museum in Bradford. The Science Museum Group is devoted to the history and contemporary practice of science, medicine, technology, industry and media. With five million visitors each year and an unrivalled collection, it is the most significant group of museums of science and innovation worldwide.