It’s our second time visiting the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, and I was soooo excited to explore more of it. I love a good museum!!! It’s so big that last time we didn’t expect just how much there was to see and do, and we ran out of time and left more than half of it undiscovered. However, this time, we stayed the night before in YHA Manchester which is conveniently just around the corner from the museum. We were able to get there bright and early to make the most of it.
The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester is huge and best of all it’s free to visit. open daily, there’s so much to see, play with and learn about. they have a busy calendar with great special exhibitions, hands on workshops, family shows, explorer bags and sensory bags for kids, nice cafe and and play areas.
We like it because there’s a variety of things to see that Eric likes, from sensory lights and puzzles in the Experiment! gallery, to seeing huge engines and old vintage trains in the power house, and aeroplanes in the air and space hall. The experiment! gallery is suitable for older children too, so if you had multiple kids, or teenagers, I’m sure they would love it. The puzzles and experiments were too old for Eric but he just enjoyed playing with them, whereas I got the satisfaction out of completing a few!
Both times we have been it hasn’t been busy at all, and at one point we had the whole of the power house gallery to ourselves. Eric has the freedom to run around and explore on his own without bashing into people and even though there were a few school trips there, the museum is so big it still doesn’t get cramped. This is great for toddlers. 🙂 And if you have a baby, there is a sensory corner “My Den” which looked really comfy.
My favourite parts of the day were definitely the puzzles and games in the Experiment! gallery, seeing aeroplanes in the air and space hall, and the trains. Eric really loved the power house and kept asking to have photos with all the big trains. He loves trains! I think we had a better time there then when we went to York railway museum last month. It was not as overwhelming and it wasn’t busy which made it more enjoyable.
There’s definitely enough to see there for half or full day. There’s a nice cafe near the main entrance, upstairs is a bistro/restaurant, and there is a picnic space if you take your own food. We walked into Manchester City centre afterwards and looked at the Christmas markets. You won’t be bored in Manchester, there’s so much to do there. And getting to the museum is easy. It’s just a short walk to/from the city centre or you can catch a free city shuttle bus.
It’s worth a visit as it’s completely free and there’s always something going on. They had family shows throughout the day when we went yesterday and they looked fun. Unfortunately, we were having too much fun to sit and watch!
I would say… wrap up warm. The main part of the museum and where the Experiment! gallery is, is warm and covered, but the other parts of the museum like the power house and air and space hall are really cold as it’s in a big open factory.
Thanks for seeing what we got up to at the museum – it’s a great day out there and no doubt we will be back again. Read about our last visit here.
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