Destination Stations offers a snapshot of the expansion of railway stations, focused on Manchester and London.
A family-friendly display telling the story of how the first electric power networks changed our city.
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.
Air and Space Hall
By road or by air, this city’s inventors and engineers made a big impact on the way we travel today. See the cars, bikes and aeroplanes that got industrial Manchester moving.
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of real working steam engines that powered mills all over the North West and helped to shape our world.
Thread your way through Manchester’s rich legacy of industrial innovations, scientific discoveries and ideas that changed the world.
From the printing press to modern computing, discover how technological advancements have made it possible for us to communicate further and faster.
Hidden Treasures Gallery
From the everyday to the intriguing, uncover clues to Manchester’s industrial and scientific achievements in our Collections Centre.
World-shaping, record-breaking, life-changing. The Liverpool and Manchester Railway was the world’s first intercity line that started a transport revolution.
Space Descent VR with Tim Peake
Join British astronaut Tim Peake on an out-of-this-world virtual reality mission.Book now
Have you ever wanted to fly your own jet? Then take the controls on Fly 360, our hands-on flight simulator.
Watch volunteers run our replica Baby and see how far computing has come since 1948.
Collections Centre Study Area
Delve into our treasure trove of books, photographs, documents and films.
Go back in time to the working mills of 150 years ago, experience the deafening sounds of the machinery and find out what life was like for thousands of mill workers.