The Museum of Science and Industry at Manchester, first founded in 1969, opened in 1983 at the Liverpool Road site, home of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway.
Discover Manchester’s story from Roman times to cradle of the Industrial Revolution and railway pioneer. The cotton industry created a boom town, and thousands huddled together in slums without decent water or sanitation. Manchester led the way with scientific achievements such as ‘Baby’, the world’s first stored program computer (1948).
Enter the dark heart of Manchester’s Victorian sewers in the station building. Experience the roar of cotton spinning and weaving machinery during textiles gallery demonstrations. Explore the history of powered flight from triplanes to rockets in the air & space hall, and even design your own jet engine. Learn about the wonders of the night sky in the planetarium. Test your brain and muscle power in the spectacular Xperiment! gallery – can you lift a Mini with one hand?
Get all steamed up with the power hall’s amazing collection of locomotive and mill engines. There’s memorabilia from the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, enabling you to ride into the past in a wagon pulled by a replica Stephenson’s 1830 Planet locomotive (contact the museum for availability).
the model beam engine made by GJM Ridehalgh in the power hall.
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Museum of Science & Industry, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP
tel: 0161 832 2244