Museum of Science & Industry
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Review from Alan N.
Review from Lee Z.
You can't beat a stroll around a Museum,well you can, but I don't drive a Lamborghini or own a race track.
A stroll around MOSI is what you would call a good stroll. Now some people who really like the place would argue with my 3 stars,but that is a purely personal thing because MOSI caters more for the fans of the Industrial,rather than fans of the Scientific.
That is of course understandable given the rich history we have here in the NW of being the industrious type,but for me I wanted more science.
Would I go back in the future? possibly,but they could do with getting rid of the Train room,nothing says dull like a hall filled with Trains (Don't get me started on The Railway Museum in York)....
Review from Jessica H.
Warning - I'm about to get nostalgic on your arse.
MOSI is under threat of closure. And I can't think of anything worse than closing such a cultural institution. During a Sunday walk today, we wandered through and took a quick look at the main exhibition space - there were children everywhere. This usually bugs me (sorry, I just don't have any so my patience hasn't been built up!) but today it made me feel so sad I could have sat down and wept right in the middle of a presentation about the first working computer.
The spaces here are large and awe-inspiring, so plenty of room for the young'uns to run about and stretch their legs. The name of the game is technology with a side of planes/trains/automobiles - the working steam train is a real favourite of mine. My favourite exhibition in the past was about Holland's Pies, including a huge replica with giant knife and fork. It's interactive history at its best.
In hindsight, I haven't visited as much as I should so, MOSI, I am deeply sorry. You being free might have been part of your eventual downfall, but it's not your fault and I hope my donation does something.
Review from Barbara S.
I found this museum to be very well put together with a wide variety of exhibits. We didn't have time to see the whole thing, and decided to mainly focus on the September exhibit about the human brain. It was quite well done, fascinating, intriguing and we especially enjoyed an artist's installation of photos of folks who died following an Alzheimer's decline. While looking at their photo you would take an old fashioned headset off the wall next to it and hear a tape of them describing their experience. We loved the aviation building as well.
Review from Jim R.
Cool interactive museum with several buildings celebrating Manchester's industrial past and heritage. Museum is free although they "encourage" you to make a "donation" when you come in but you are not required to do so.
We only spent an hour or so there but you could spend much longer if you are a history buff. Definitely worth a stop during your Manchester vacation. Lots of interesting airplanes in the air and space building - note it is not heated or air conditioned in the building.
Review from Garrett P.
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Looking for something to do for a full day? Wander about MOSI and you'll be able to tick off a handful of hours. There's a ton to explore and see, especially if you plan on covering everything there. Lots of hands-on things for the kiddos to play with if you're looking to up the family's cultural bar.
It's a free museum, so that's a bonus, but if you can afford the donation that's of course always appreciated. If I have visitors coming to Manchester and can't think of something to do with the daylight hours, this museum usually comes into play.
It's a given that this would be a relatively small museum compared to some others around the world, but hey, this is Manchester - you can't expect the Smithsonian.
Additional time can be spent wandering around the grounds of Castlefield and discovering the various ruins and historic sites planted around the area. It's always very cool to see hundreds of years of history all wrapped up in one little location.
Review from Lucy H.
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Share ideas hence yielding thy truth and ye shall find assiduous and frequent questioning-Brendan Fraser. Wise quote right? Except I was duped into thinking this was an actual quote from Brendan Fraser, it was in fact a masking of the real wisdom behind these words. A wannabe alterego perhaps?
Anyway the Museum of Science and Industry is all that encompasses my opening to this review, knowledge and questioning, keep sharing the knowledge and keep questioning and thus you explore more, find out lots of amazing facts about ahem science and industry and Manchester too, being founded on industry of course.
The museum is massive. Why didn't I get to go on school trips to cool museums like this? Nevertheless excitement hit me on the approach. The cool cog and the MOSI sign tickled my inside. I will be a kid again.
You could easily spend a whole day in here due to the different buildings and floors. We got pretty bogged down in the interactive games area, can be frustrating but fun nonetheless. Then there's the underground sewer part, creepy but a must go adventure.
Situated in the heart of Castlefield MOSI is a must do and a regular must do. Check out the cafe for great snacks from all the excitement, knowledge and questioning. Amazing.
Review from Emma Louise M.
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I'm on something of a cultural high this week, can ya tell? I love a bit of education mixed with fun. Another of my father's favourites and a spot that gives me that warm, sentimental feeling is the Museum of Science and Industry in Castlefield. When my dad says something's good in that teacher way of his, it's good. It's been proved with Chester Zoo, Jodrell Bank and now this.
Castlefield's adorable and very pretty museum, open free to the public, focuses on the technological advancements that mean we're the gadget whizzes which we are today. Yep, it traces everything back so we realise why it is we have iPhones and Pods and Bloopers and Knick Knacks and we're driving around in large automobiles with a beautiful house with a beautiful wife telling yourself, this is not my beautiful house! This is not my beautiful wife! Letting the days go by...
Er, where was I. At present, you can find a range of top notch exhibitions at the affectionately nicknamed MOSI. It's helpfully sectioned off into categories so that you can pick what you're interested in, but my advice would be to view it all even if you don't think it'll tickle your brain cogs. These groups include communications, industry and innovation, energy, people, science and technology and transport. What's even better is that all of them have a Manchester theme, so you can see just how instrumental our fair city has been in the technological advancements which make the world go round nowadays.
Same as it ever was... same as it ever was...
Science and technology looks at instruments and chemicals integral to scientific research alongside innovative calculating and computing, communications deals with everything from TV and radio to printing, cinematography, sound recording and telephony, transport is a great one to look at air, road and rail travel through the ages, energy deals with all the ways we've created warmth and electricity over the years, people looks at local history as well as household inventions incorporating appliances and plumbing, and industry and innovation follows all of Manchester's foremost productions, from textiles to paper, with a focus on the machines used.
It's an amazing place to take kids on a field trip (there's even an authentic Victorian sewer to crawl through with smells and rats... you know how little ones love grossing themselves out), and the current exhibitions range from the Da Vinci one (which unfortunately you have to purchase tickets for, although group discounts are available and children younger than five go free) to Xperiment, a great interactive gallery which is only on for a few days more and reopens in summer 2010 due to refurbishments.
We're lucky in Manchester to have so many cool places like this. Even if you don't expect it to be your bag, please check it out. It's a great museum and you might find yourself fascinated by things you'd never even thought of.
Review from Kirsten P.
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This is a 'must visit' destination for any visitor to Manchester. This museum is set out in a number of themed buildings in the Castlefield area.
The majority of the museum is FREE, which is amazing. They could easily charge to get in and still attract loads of visitors. However, you do have to pay for the special exhibitions such as the Da Vinci exhibition which is on at the moment, and the famous Bodyworks exhibition which was here a couple of years ago.
My favourite part of the museum is the sewers...or maybe the interactive science experiment part. My 8-year-old niece enjoyed these parts almost as much as me, but surprisingly also enjoyed looking at the hall full of old planes and trains.
There is also a short outdoor steam train trip which costs about £1 extra, but is a fun little addition for kids.
Review from Vanessa A.
Totally agree with many of the reviews below, what a great place to spend an afternoon. I visited with my husband last week, and was really impressed by all the different areas of the museum....there is something for almost everyone here.
He was there largely for the computer history, I personally loved the electricity area displaying modern conveniences through the decades. Very kitsch.
"Underground Manchester" was quite good, particularly the sewage descriptions and information about the "nightsoilmen" who came around at night to take away your poo.
In the textile manufacturing area, it was incredibly interesting to see examples of textiles produced and sent to India back in the 1800s!
Highly recommended as a fascinating place to visit.
Review from Dave H.
Bit of a missed opportunity here. Spread across five buildings, my experience of MOSI varied wildly depending on which one I was in.
Some of the exhibits went for quantity over quality. The Air & Space Hall was especially guilty of this. There's no focus to the place, so it's really just a warehouse. Which is a pity because they have some amazing vehicles in there. If you're museum is lucky enough to have a massive World War II bomber sitting in the middle of it, maybe you should clear a bit of the tat around it and let people see it?
On the other hand, right across the road in the Great Western Warehouse, they had a fascinating computers exhibit. The staff on hand were really informative and just as geeky about the exhibits as I was. Lots of interactive exhibits, with plenty of fun and odd exhibits.
If you're stuck for something to do, I would definitely recommend stopping by MOSI. But it feels like it could be something more. This shouldn't be a "I've an hour to waste" destination. It could be a "I need to clear my whole weekend" sort of place.
Review from Sophie C.
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As an Arts graduate reading nothing but articles about how I should have done a Science, Maths or Engineering degree, one begins to wonder if more time could have been spent in places like MOSI.
I have actually been on countless school trips to the Museum of Science and Industry in my time - running about the different (listed) buildings, trying to fill out our answers on looms and textiles or railways, picking up phones that tell you messages or losing your clipboard.
But did I get the real message? That if you work hard, encourage innovation and healthy competition amazing things can happen... Well, possibly not but I do now.
There's nothing stopping you from trying MOSI out - it's free, the buildings itself are interesting as it is the site of the oldest surviving train station. Ok, so you might not have your History teacher making sure you are paying attention to the most important pieces in the collection but that means you can explore in your own time.
Let's face it, Science and Industry are never going to sexy but they sure seem useful..
Review from Sarah-Anne M.
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The MOSI is a wonderful place. It's free entry so well worth a look if you're visiting Manchester, the exhibitions are actually really interesting even if you're not into science at all!
Like fellow Yelper Sophie I was dragged along with school but all I can remember is the interactive bit (Xperiment - it's still there) where we got to play with machines that made giant bubbles (it's still just as much fun as it was when I was little!!).
But the museum has much more, it has touring exhibitions (sometimes these are not free like the rest of the museum), community exhibitions and loads of different departments including transport, communication and people.
There is a lot more to the museum than you'd think as it has a separate air and space hall on the road opposite. It's easy to kill a good few hours here and is good for younger children as well as older adults who are looking for a fun, cheap and different way to spend a day in town!
Review from alexandra s.
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I hate it when I find conflicting reviews when I am trying to decide what to do with my weekend but I am sorry guys I must disagree with the majority here...The Museum of Science and Industry is cack.
Now I am not definitely into galleries, exhibitions, craft shows but I AM interested in science and technology- how geeky! When I found out there was a Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester I could not hide my excitement and promptly dragged by boyfriend to the front entrance.
All we saw that day was a few old trains, planes and lots of glass lifts. Nothing fun, nothing interactive and definitely not anything cutting edge. I was very disappointed and felt a bit annoyed that this only served to reinforce to my partner that he hates evrything us scientists find interesting.
Review from Rob M.
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This is a little bit of a mixed bag really. Science can be fascinating and incredibly mind-blowing, but one has to be careful to remember that there are somethings which are interesting and mind-blowing to scientists, but do not translate properly over to the layman.
Therefore the section with the interactive exhibit with one-way mirrors and things and illusory mirrors and whatnot, is great. The section on how cotton is manufactured slightly less so. When that section spreads across multiple high-detail rooms we've crossed the threshold from mild interest to plain boring. If they sorted out the pacing and displays to better capture the imagination it'd be a fantastic place to visit.
At the moment it's less Science & Industry and more Science of Industry. The 'of' makes all the difference in the world, because industry never sounds like fun.
Review from Elliot D.
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So much to do, so much to see, so what's wrong with taking a back seat?
Apologies. It seems de rigeur to incorporate song lyrics into MOSI reviews. I was just trying to be cool but ended up looking like one of those teachers who, despite their leather patches on the elbows of tweed jackets, still reckon that they're "with it". I will, therefore, feel right at home in MOSI's sweet, edifying embrace.
There really is so much to see - from the original, very first computer - made right here in Manchester, look at it! Resembled an oscilloscope attached to a razed Woolworths - through to the sinister sounding "corridor of gas" - a celebration of streetlighting.
There's the aviation hall - where you can see space shuttles, spitfires and Sinclairs! The collossal hall of steam - hundreds of machines pumping and clicking metronomically - soothing, when coupled with the smell of oil and grease - and there's this bit upstairs where children can conduct experiments of their own with bright colours and suspended Minis - learning all about light, sound, earthquakes etc.
The temporary exhibition hall is always worth a look, too. Most notably, it recently paid host to Bodyworks - those flayed, plastic corpses - a bit too grim for me, but still, EDIFYING.
Review from Li F.
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Leeds, West Yorkshire
If you grew up in Manchester, who didn't go to the MOSI as a kid or kidlet or slightly older kidlet as an educational trip or end of year funsies type event? Really? Surely not! Everyone I know has been here at least once! Although the younger I was the less I appreciated good ole MOSI, or maybe that should read, the older I got the more I appreciated the MOSI.
Education can be fun and interesting and engaging, and whilst it's not offering the intricate details of degree level science and engineering, the offerings and exhibitions of the Museum of Science and Industry and easily accessible and understandable for all who walk through the doors, without being patronising.
Plus, it's free!!!
Also, the MOSI is open for hire as a wedding venue, now this may not be everyone's idea as an ideal venue, but depending on what building in the MOSI catalogue you choose, it could make for an interesting day. Just an interesting side bar I thought note worthy.
AND...the MOSI is often host to some spectacular exhibitions... these however are not gratis, take for example the Bodyworlds exhibition which was fantastic and gross simultaneously.
Review from Qype User (MissCa…)
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When I was a kid, I'd always beg my Mum and Dad to take me to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry on days out, mainly so I could mess around with the exhibits and stare slack jawed in awe at the old cotton looms and huge railway engines housed in the old Liverpool Road train station. Now I'm in my late twenties, absolutely nothing has changed, and I've spent many a happy afternoon there wandering around on my own and absorbing myself in the rich and varied history of Mancunian technical innovations.
There really is something for everyone here, and best of all, it's so large, you'll always feel the need to come back for a second visit. There's plenty of exhibits for kids to play with, trainspotters can ooh and ahh at their collection of classic engines, and local historians can lose themselves in the exhibit detailing the social and industrial history of Manchester. They even hold regular events and talks by everyone from cultural commentators to science fiction writers.
If anyone from MOSI is reading this, it might be time to update a few of your exhibits though. When I visited the History of Manchester section, a lot of the information posters looked tatty and seriously dated - there was even a information post in one of the rooms outlining the "forthcoming" bid for the Commonwealth Games...which were held in the city in 2002!
However, the museum is still one of my favourites. Which reminds me, I really need to pay it a visit soon!
Review from Qype User (kittyk…)
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I don't see how anyone could give the Museum of Science and Industry anything other than 5 out of 5 stars. There is so much to do I would allow 2 hours at the very least. And it's all free! First we went into the old fashioned engines area with water wheels, steam and electric trains, and lots more. We then went into the main museum which is huge, with displays on Manchester's textiles industry and displays on media (and a cafe!).
The 3rd part to the museum was my favourite which is all about life in the 30s 40s, 50s and 60s with the innovations of the time, with displays showing what a typical living room and kitchen would be like. There is a display of all old computers and the history of nuclear power and electricity.
The last bit is the air and motor display with a real space shuttle front, real WWII bombers, old fashioned cars and motorbikes and even a Sinclair C5!
We loved our day at MOSI and I will be sure to go back soon, as there is so much to see.
Review from Qype User (dippyl…)
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Wow. For a free museum this place is amazing. There is plenty to do and it is really interesting. There are interactive parts, displays and you will find something to interest most people.
It is split over several floors, but with ramps between them all it is fully disabled friendly, and great for pushchairs etc.
There is a section especially for children where they can take part in different tasks etc., making fun learning.
Well worth a visit, and as it is free you cannot go wrong.
There is a restaurant in the building, which offers meals, snacks etc., and is not too expensive at all.
Review from Qype User (Franci…)
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If, like me, you grew up in the North West, you were probably dragged to this museum for your school trip every year. Thing is, no matter how many times I went, I couldn't get enough of it. I still can't!
There's just so much to look at. From full-size trains, planes and helicopters to working cotton looms and a replica 1839 railway station waiting room, the museum provides a truly exciting look at our city's industrial heritage. There are a number of insightful galleries, celebrating textiles, communications and energy. But it's the museum's hands-on exhibitions that really stand out!
Xperiment is a floor that's dedicated to simple science experiments for all ages. Kids can come and run riot here, while also learning about gravity and all that jazz. Pretty cool, eh? The Museum's working steam train is also popular with children (and adults too!) I like it because when you're nearing the end of the line, you can take a sneaky peek at what was Granada Studios Tour the old tourist attraction that's been closed for a decade.
As with most museums now, entry to MOSI is free and you could easily spend the whole day there. The surrounding area is great to explore in the sun too, particularly Castlefield's Roman Fort. So it's the perfect place to go on a cheap and cheerful day trip during the summer holidays.
Review from Qype User (mofgim…)
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The Museum of Science and Industry is, to be quite frank, one of the finest institutions in Manchester.
Not only is it absolutely vital to the city but it's also completely free (save for the odd specialist exhibition like the Gunther von Hagens one for example).
In there is a dizzying array of exhibits chronicling Manchester's industrial history. So you've got the old steam engines, electric trains, water wheels and a look at Manchester's textile revolution.
There's also a nod to more recent years with a look at Manchester (and Britain as a whole) from the '40s to the '60s showing pop-culture, what households looked like and more.
Perhaps pertinently, there's a display of old computers, which of course, Manchester was pivotal in creating.
For the Boy's Own fans amongst you, there's a cracking selection of WWII bombers, cars and vehicles.
It's a multimedia affair and has a great cafe too. An absolutely must-visit.
Review from Qype User (gerald…)
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If you're trying to kill a couple of hours in Manchester City Centre then you can't go wrong by wandering over to Castlefield and the MMOSI.
If you have kids then even better as there's plenty of buttons for them to press and stuff to mess about with, but even if you're a lone visitor there's still tonnes to get out of a visit.
The main exhibitions are free except the "guest" exhibition where you have to shell out around five or six quid to get in. Some of these have been excellent (the current-but-slightly-gruesome Bodyparts one, the Doctor Who one) and some have been mildly disappointing (the Mars one); try and get a suss on how good it looks once you're in the main foyer!
Review from Qype User (allora…)
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I have been coming here since I was really young, for school trips, with my mum and now I am older, with friends.
My boyfriend and I went to see the bodyworlds exhibition. VERY GOOD, very gorey as well though.
This place has so much to do apart from the exhibitions, which you must pay for, everything else is free.
I love seeing how wool is made in the factory and all the underground sewers.
I remember seeing some fantastic exhibits here too, the dinosaur one a few years back was awesome.
A great place for kids, adults and dates.
Review from Qype User (jvaudr…)
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I remember going to the MSI as a kid on numerous school trips, every one I really enjoyed as it always seemed that there was something different.
Most recently I went to see the Body Works show of plasticised bodies with again was excellent.
The museum has changed over time and there were old favourites as well as new exhibits.
Thanks to the Labour government the entry is free and you only pay for special exhibits such as Body Works or Dr Who etc. Well worth a visit during a school holiday or if you don't have kids defiantly while they are still in school.
Review from Qype User (mustan…)
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Stockport, Greater Manchester
Fantastic day out for the whole family, free entry to the basic museum but fees apply to the special exhibits, we went when the 'Bodyworlds' exhibition was on.
The Air and Transport Museum which is just over the road from the Science and Industry Museum is fantastic, exhibits include steam engines, trains and plenty of hands on things to do for kids of all ages! There are also plenty of planes hanging from the ceiling and on the ground more planes and a cockpit simulator for the brave. Some very old cars are also on show also.
Go underground to visit 'the sewers of Manchester' which gives an insight to Victorian life before and after the toilet was invented (a real eye opener!)
An excellent well recommended day out to keep the children and young at heart happy for hours.
Review from Qype User (LCRW19…)
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FREE museum that is interesting to the whole family.
some exhibits do have a charge, but you can still spend a day there with the free stuff.
We especially liked the interactive parts and the steam engine.
You can't visit Manchester without a visit to the MOSI
Review from Qype User (Mirza9…)
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This is worth the visit to Manchester. Its free and there are so many varied things here. It has such a wide variety of exhibits and cuts across many themes.
There is lots of hands-on stuff, kids will especially love it. For those interested in tv soap, one of the rooms overlooks 'Coronation Street', and if your really lucky, you might see them filming. But the real attractions are in the museum.
The exhibits are varied, the real area of interest for me was the Aircraft and Space exhibits, and the reconstruction of an underground sewerage system - complete with authentic smells.
It is a must see!
Review from Qype User (sarahf…)
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Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester
My Kids love this Museum with all the trains, planes and Automobiles on display. We can spend hours walking around the halls and marvelling at the wonders of them. It's a great place to spend an afternoon in the holidays, and I have lost count at the times we have been.
They love the interactive hall upstairs, with all the hands on stuff they can do, the little one loves the mini that rolls up and down the wall.
The Train Hall is quite big and houses a good selction of trains, outside you can find the little steam train that runs up and down the track and will take you for a ride for a small cost.
There is pleanty to see and do and they put on lots of activites for the kids over the summer if you check there website, a lot of the activities are free.
My kids never bore of the place and everytime they are on holiday they want to visit. It's free to get in, but some special Exhibits are charged for although you can still get around the main museum without paying.
There is covered seating along the old station part for picnics, and toilets outside too.
As you go into the museum there is a little shop that sells modles, toys, post cards and trinkets.
All in all a really good afternoon out, Staff are always friendly and Helpful.
Review from Qype User (emptys…)
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If you are stuck for something to do in Manchester, MOSI is a great place to go. They host some fantastic events ranging from the spectacular 'Body Worlds' exhibition, to the slightly more kid oriented Doctor Who exhibits. Special exhibitions, such as Body Worlds you have to pay for, but the rest of it is free to attend.
The Museum of Science and Industry is pretty well located just behind Deansgate with the free Metroshuttle buses stopping right outside. If you want to bring your own lunch then you may, but it is also surrounded by many restaurants and bars and they also have a café of their own.
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Wow wow wow! I love this place. Theres somethng for everyone and its free! Right in the city centre too! They have a fantastic educational section for the kids which is great fun! Learning about energy, light, magnets, puzzlesi think i had more fun than the kids! Take a trip on the flight simulator in the aerospace section, look at the wonderfully restores WW1/WW2 planes. Theres a cafe too which is great for unwinding. And if you still have time for shopping, theres the free bus from right outside to take you into the heart of the city centre!
Review from Qype User (shiver…)
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Great family day out, loads to do and a great 2nd floor canteen - child friendly with excellent quality food to say they are catering on mass. Fresh tea in teapots and home made Victoria sponge cake were really tasty. Free entry too. The Northern Kite Society were having a meeting in one of the rooms upstairs, interesting bunch;)
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Stockport, Greater Manchester
I visited MOSI for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I was a little apprehensive at first because when I hear the word "museum" i think boring sunday afternoons with your grandparents, but this was fantastic! It was free, but if you wanted to see the Dr Who exhibition, you had to pay £6 (apparently they have regular special exhibitions, but this was the only one I knew about). There is so much to look at and do, with interactive sections. The early part is mainly for children, but the other buildings are for everyone, and its very educational. I learned so much about early Manchester, and there is a building with transport over the years in it. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. I only wish I had gone as a child so i could fully appreciate it.
Review from Qype User (ChikaS…)
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This is the one place in Manchester where I can let my inner child out and have fun. Don't let the geek sounding title put you off, its great fun even for those who aren't very scientific.
The range of exhibits is fabulous and visiting exhibitons such as the fascinating Bodyworlds makes it worth going back to. Its just out of the city centre.
Review from Chris L.
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Astley, Greater Manchester
Based in the first purpose built passenger railway station in the world at the Manchester end of the first purpose built passenger railway. The Industrial Revolution took place around Manchester and you can see some of the machines that helped make Great Britain the workshop of the world. Great to see the large engines working, and up close too. The also have a replica of Stephenson's Rocket which is regularly in steam. Coronation Street fans can also get a glimpse of The Street!
Review from Qype User (ellie_…)
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Manchester Museum of Science and Industry is an action packed free fun day out and honestly don't think you can see everything in one day.
There are shows and talks aimed at the younger visitors and lots of things to interact with you will be left wondering who is having more fun the adults or the children.
There are several buildings housing various things but you'll find it very well sign posted and you will be provided with a comprehensive map upon arrival.
Although entry to the museum is free you may find there is a particular even or show running which may charge an entry fee, for instance the body works. However if you dont want to pay the entry fee to the show the rest of the museum is still accessable.
Parking at the museum is also another issue, as although there is ample parking it is reasonably cheep for town parking at £5 last time I visited and therefore you have to get there early to get a place as people who dont visit the museum still park there.
There are however other options, it is fairly close to both bus routes and the metrolink services. My advice is to plan ahead and go early at the weekend if you plan to park in town at the museum. Avoid the end of term to avoid array of School Trips.
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I was on a budget when i visited Manchester so the only reason i visited here was because it was free and i am glad that i did!!!!The museum covers about seven acres of land and this includes quite a few old historic buildings which are interesting to look atThere are several exhibitions and they cover steam engines,photography etc.There was so much to do here that unfortunatly i could not fit everything in in the morning i had .well worth a visit and i most certanily will be going back at least once.