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Welcome to the official Science and Industry Museum page. Become a fan and we'll keep you posted about the latest exhibitions, special events and news. Our page is a place where anyone is welcome to contribute. We encourage discussion about our world-renowned collections and exhibitions, but please be aware any comments that are offensive, defamatory or harassing will be removed. Spamming, repeatedly sharing the same or very similar content, or comments that are off-topic may also be removed. If you do have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Mission: The Science and Industry Museum is devoted to inspiring our visitors through ideas that change the world, from the Industrial Revolution to today and beyond.

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#bornthisday Hedy Lamarr (1914–2000) actress who during World War II co-developed a radio guidance system for Allied tor...
09/11/2020
Hedy Lamarr: Hollywood inventor | Museum of Science and Industry

#bornthisday Hedy Lamarr (1914–2000) actress who during World War II co-developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes 📶 The principles of that work are used in Bluetooth and wi-fi technology now 📶 Read more here: https://bit.ly/3kJChlN

Its rare to see a Hollywood star at a science festival, but this year you can! But Hedy Lamarr wasn’t only a movie star; she was also an inventor.

The museum is now temporarily closed in line with nationwide coronavirus restrictions.We'd like to say a huge thank you ...
05/11/2020
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The museum is now temporarily closed in line with nationwide coronavirus restrictions.

We'd like to say a huge thank you for your support and we look forward to welcoming you back in December.

Our mission is to inspire futures. While our doors will be closed for a while, our collection—and the inspirational stories it contains—remain open to you online: https://bit.ly/367gjmB

Please stay safe and we hope to see you again soon.

Read on to discover a few ways you can ignite your curiosity wherever you are.

We're open today 10.00-17.00 and we'd love you to visit if you can. Free tickets for today can be booked here: https://b...
04/11/2020

We're open today 10.00-17.00 and we'd love you to visit if you can.

Free tickets for today can be booked here: https://bit.ly/2GoWw9v

From Thursday 5 November – Wednesday 2 December, the museum will close in line with nationwide coronavirus restrictions. We're looking forward to welcoming visitors back in December.

We will be open on Wednesday 4 November and would love to see you. 🎟️ Please book your free ticket before you arrive, we...
02/11/2020

We will be open on Wednesday 4 November and would love to see you.

🎟️ Please book your free ticket before you arrive, wear a face covering and visit with members of your household or support bubble.

Book your ticket for Wednesday 4 November here: https://bit.ly/383SKOj

In light of the latest coronavirus restrictions, we will temporarily close from Thursday 5 November. If you have already booked a ticket for on or after this date, we will be in touch soon.

Science and Industry Museum's cover photo
02/11/2020

Science and Industry Museum's cover photo

Following yesterday's Government announcement about new national Coronavirus measures, we can confirm that we are open t...
01/11/2020

Following yesterday's Government announcement about new national Coronavirus measures, we can confirm that we are open today from 10am-5pm. Please book your free ticket before you arrive, wear a face covering and visit with members of your household or support bubble. https://bit.ly/35SaedF

We’ll be contacting ticketholders due to visit for the rest of November this week and will post further updates shortly. Stay safe, thank you for your support and we hope to see you soon.

🐈‍⬛ Black cats🧛 Vampires🤡 And a trip to the uncanny valley....'Tis the day to get your spook on 👻!  So why not join us o...
31/10/2020
Things that go bump in the stores: Halloween in our Collections

🐈‍⬛ Black cats
🧛 Vampires
🤡 And a trip to the uncanny valley....

'Tis the day to get your spook on 👻! So why not join us on an adventure through the collections that'll haunt your dreams: bit.ly/2JnaXft

#Halloween #Halloweenfromhome

It was a dark and stormy night… We have some weird, wonderful and decidedly spooky things in the Science Museum Group collections so for the creepiest day of the year let’s take a trip to the basement and remember to bring your pointiest stake…

🌞The Sun will set in one month! 🌞Don't miss your chance to discover the incredible story of the Sun before the exhibitio...
29/10/2020
The Sun | Science and Industry Museum

🌞The Sun will set in one month! 🌞

Don't miss your chance to discover the incredible story of the Sun before the exhibition closes on 29 November.

For some added half term fun, our free activity trails are full of games and challenges to help you explore. Pick one up at the exhibition entrance or download a copy here: https://bit.ly/3e5X40D

This week you can also take a little sunshine home with you. Pick up a craft kit containing all the supplies you need to make your own Sun Catcher at home.

Free entry to The Sun is included in your museum admission ticket. Plan your visit now: https://bit.ly/37PdmtC

From an ancient Scandinavian sun horse to Jimmy Carter's solar panels from the White House, The Sun tells the story of our ever-changing relationship with our closest star.

We're open today! 🙌We’ve added extra opening days for half term, giving you the whole week to play, explore and experime...
27/10/2020
October half term | Science and Industry Museum

We're open today! 🙌

We’ve added extra opening days for half term, giving you the whole week to play, explore and experiment. Plan your visit and book your free museum admission tickets here: https://bit.ly/35xUTyU

If you're visiting this week, download the new 50 Windows of Creativity art trail and explore newly transformed windows and spaces across the city, including a beautiful new painting in our window. Find out more: https://bit.ly/31Hv3aD

Play, explore and experiment at the Science and Industry Museum this October half term.

As the clocks go back, you might be missing the sun a bit more but we can help with that ☀️ Take a trip to our nearest s...
25/10/2020

As the clocks go back, you might be missing the sun a bit more but we can help with that ☀️ Take a trip to our nearest star with a visit to our blockbuster exhibition, The Sun, now included in your free museum ticket ☀️ Plan your visit here: https://bit.ly/34f7Z4w

Or if you prefer to brighten your day from home, check out The Sun at our blog here: https://bit.ly/3obLWUi

Play, explore and experiment at the Science and Industry Museum this October half term. Book now: https://bit.ly/3kphx2I
23/10/2020

Play, explore and experiment at the Science and Industry Museum this October half term. Book now: https://bit.ly/3kphx2I

Half term starts tomorrow! We're open every day during half term from 24 October to 1 November, 10am – 5pm. Please book ...
23/10/2020

Half term starts tomorrow! We're open every day during half term from 24 October to 1 November, 10am – 5pm.

Please book in advance, wear a face covering and visit with members of your household or support bubble. Plan your visit here: https://bit.ly/3kphx2I

Get hands on in our family-friendly interactive gallery, explore with one of our activity trails, unravel science secrets and more.

Our gift shop will be open and you can take a break in our café. Buy your lunch in advance when you book your free museum admission tickets here: https://bit.ly/3kphx2I

🎟 Book now: https://bit.ly/3kphx2I

Following yesterday’s announcement, we can confirm that we are open, including every day next week for half term, 10am –...
21/10/2020

Following yesterday’s announcement, we can confirm that we are open, including every day next week for half term, 10am – 5pm. Please book in advance, wear a face covering and visit with members of your household or support bubble.

Plan your visit here: https://bit.ly/37t0JUY

If you are currently unable to visit, you can still explore ideas that change the world here: https://bit.ly/3dJfync and there's fun activities to try at home here: https://bit.ly/2HiqAnn

Stay safe and we hope to see you soon 🙂

Plan your half term adventures now!Read this handy guide from Visit Manchester for ideas and inspiration for a fun fille...
19/10/2020
Half term adventures at Manchester’s museums and galleries

Plan your half term adventures now!

Read this handy guide from Visit Manchester for ideas and inspiration for a fun filled October half term.

https://bit.ly/3o4LEPb

The world is at your fingertips through unmissable experiences at museums and galleries across the city. Visit this half-term to explore how Manchester has changed the world and how the world has chan..

Play, explore and experiment this October half term.A fun and safe experience is our top priority. You can plan your vis...
16/10/2020
October half term | Science and Industry Museum

Play, explore and experiment this October half term.

A fun and safe experience is our top priority. You can plan your visit and book your free tickets now: https://bit.ly/2H898lp

Our doors will be open every day over half term, including Mon 26 and Tues 27 Oct, giving you the whole week to discover amazing objects and world changing ideas.

Find out What’s On here: https://bit.ly/2H898lp

Play, explore and experiment at the Science and Industry Museum this October half term.

We've been reopen for 8 weeks 🎉 We've welcomed over 24,000 of you back through our doors safely and received over £7,000...
14/10/2020

We've been reopen for 8 weeks 🎉 We've welcomed over 24,000 of you back through our doors safely and received over £7,000 in vital donations 🎉Thank you so much 🙌

If you haven’t had chance to visit us yet, book your free admission ticket now and please consider making a donation to help support our future: https://bit.ly/3iVMJ83

Get ready to play, explore and experiment this October Half Term: https://bit.ly/34T3awROur doors will be open every day...
13/10/2020

Get ready to play, explore and experiment this October Half Term: https://bit.ly/34T3awR

Our doors will be open every day over Half Term, including Mon 26 and Tues 27 Oct, giving you the whole week to discover amazing objects and world changing ideas.

With fun for all ages, the whole family can look forward to a safe and enjoyable visit.

🎟 Find out What’s On and book your free tickets now: https://bit.ly/34T3awR

#ICYMI Our pals National Railway Museum have a new blog post celebrating the life and work of Asquith Xavier who changed...
11/10/2020

#ICYMI Our pals National Railway Museum have a new blog post celebrating the life and work of Asquith Xavier who changed the face of the railways 🚂 Read it here: https://bit.ly/2GTLt8o

#BlackHistoryMonth

We're open all weekend and we'd love to see you. 😀We've been working hard to provide a safe and fun experience for visit...
09/10/2020

We're open all weekend and we'd love to see you. 😀

We've been working hard to provide a safe and fun experience for visitors to the museum galleries, café and shop.

🎟 We're open Wed - Sun, 10.00-17.00. Plan your visit and book your free museum admission tickets here: https://bit.ly/30Nd6a9

🚨New blog post alert🚨 #bornthisday John Benjamin Dancer (1812–1887) Manchester's premier scientific instrument maker and...
08/10/2020
J B Dancer and science photography | Science and Industry Museum

🚨New blog post alert🚨 #bornthisday John Benjamin Dancer (1812–1887) Manchester's premier scientific instrument maker and photography pioneer 📸 Find out more and why we think he'd approve of the The Royal Photographic Society's Science Photographer of the Year being part of Manchester Science Festival in 2021 here: https://bit.ly/3jK4jNz

In 2021, as part of Manchester Science Festival, the Royal Photographic Society will be showcasing the results of its prestigious Science Photographer of the Year competition at the Science and Industry Museum, and we think one historic character from Manchester would certainly approve.

Happy Hump Day 🐪 This acrobatic camel, fearsome tiger and unicorn riding monkey are all shipper's tickets 🐪 You can spot...
07/10/2020

Happy Hump Day 🐪 This acrobatic camel, fearsome tiger and unicorn riding monkey are all shipper's tickets 🐪 You can spot a selection of them in our the Textiles Gallery when you visit 🐪 Plan a trip and book your timed slot here (no unicorn required): https://bit.ly/3d3OZJ7

Shipper's tickets were an early form of branding, attached to bolts of cloth or yarn to help the manufacturing companies make their products instantly recognisable to their customers. The tickets were deliberately designed to be brightly coloured to stand out and featured motifs that the textile merchants thought would appeal to the fabric’s destined marketplaces.

You can find out more about the collection and how our archivist decided which ones to put on display here: https://bit.ly/3njnjEN

#onthisday 1829 The Rainhill Trials began 🚂 Five locomotives competed to run on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway 🚂 Y...
06/10/2020
How Rocket got its name | Science and Industry Museum

#onthisday 1829 The Rainhill Trials began 🚂 Five locomotives competed to run on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway 🚂

You can see Rocket at our friends National Railway Museum 🚂

Find out how Rocket and the other competitors got their names in this blog: https://bit.ly/30AW0fA (Spoiler alert: It's not about space) 🚀 #localhistory

To celebrate the 189th anniversary of the Rainhill Trials, let’s take a look at how the names of the engines captured the spirit of the era.

Get hands on and see science brought to life in Experiment, our interactive gallery for all ages 🤩 Stare into the mirror...
02/10/2020
Experiment | Science and Industry Museum

Get hands on and see science brought to life in Experiment, our interactive gallery for all ages 🤩 Stare into the mirror of infinity, find out if you've got the strength to lift a Mini, watch your own skeleton ride a bicycle and more 🤩 https://bit.ly/3cCUJJG

Get hands on and see science brought to life in our free interactive gallery designed for the whole family to enjoy together.

30/09/2020
Curator Lewis Pollard's top things not to miss in The Sun

Missing the sun? Curator of Sunshine, Lewis Pollard, can help you find it ☀️ Take a trip with him through our major exhibition and his top objects not to miss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNJzhJzJRS0 ☀️

And book your free ticket to the exhibition and the museum here: https://bit.ly/3mZzIO4

(Quick reminder that this video was filmed last year. Please remember to bring face coverings if you're planning to visit. Thanks.)

Last week, as part of our series on Open For All, Director & Chief Executive of the Science Museum Group, Sir Ian Blatch...
28/09/2020
Tribes: A discussion with David Lammy

Last week, as part of our series on Open For All, Director & Chief Executive of the Science Museum Group, Sir Ian Blatchford talked to the Right Hon David Lammy MP about themes in his latest book 'Tribes: How Our Need to Belong Can Make or Break Society'. Watch their discussion here: https://bit.ly/2GfEVAq

In the latest in a series of online in-conversation events around the Science Museum Group’s value of being Open for All, Director & Chief Executive Sir Ian Blatchford talked to the Right Hon David Lammy MP about key themes from his latest book: Tribes: How Our Need to Belong Can Make or Break Soc...

We're #goodtogo 🙌 We've been working hard to provide a safe and fun experience for visitors to the museum galleries, caf...
25/09/2020

We're #goodtogo 🙌 We've been working hard to provide a safe and fun experience for visitors to the museum galleries, café and shop👍

We're open all weekend, 10.00-17.00 so plan your visit and book your free admission tickets here: https://bit.ly/3ctJsLN

🍂 Autumn is officially here, but as the days start to get cooler, there's still time to soak up some sun in our blockbus...
22/09/2020
The Sun | Science and Industry Museum

🍂 Autumn is officially here, but as the days start to get cooler, there's still time to soak up some sun in our blockbuster exhibition.

From ancient myths to health and wellbeing, solar power and more, The Sun takes a closer look at our ever-changing relationship with our closest star.

Entry to this exhibition is included with your free museum admission ticket. Find out more about The Sun here: https://bit.ly/3iUmWOm

From an ancient Scandinavian sun horse to Jimmy Carter's solar panels from the White House, The Sun tells the story of our ever-changing relationship with our closest star.

18/09/2020

Planning a visit? We've made some changes to keep everyone safe, but it's still the museum you know and love.

We're open Wed – Sun, 10.00–17.00. Book your free museum admission tickets here: https://bit.ly/2H7LllP

We can't wait to welcome you back!

🚨GREAT NEWS ALERT🚨 Manchester Science Festival IS BACK FOR 2021 🎉🎉🎉 12-21 February 🎉🎉🎉 and this year it’s all about our ...
16/09/2020

🚨GREAT NEWS ALERT🚨

Manchester Science Festival IS BACK FOR 2021 🎉🎉🎉 12-21 February 🎉🎉🎉 and this year it’s all about our changing climate and ideas for a better world.

Through the jam-packed programme, you’ll have the chance to get up close to some of science's most cutting-edge developments in the fight against climate change. You can enjoy fashion, food and sustainable living experiences, and talk to leading scientists during a series of special events. There’ll also be bucket loads of fun family activities on offer!

We’re also collaborating with The Royal Photographic Society to bring together science, climate and art in a stunning exhibition of images!

Find out more on the link below, and don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list to receive more details as soon as they’re revealed.
https://www.facebook.com/manchestersciencefestival/posts/10160348461746679

📢 Manchester Science Festival is back from 12 – 21 February 2021.

This year, it will explore our changing climate and ideas for a better world through a packed programme of arts and theatre, family activities, talks, debates and more.

📸 As part of the 2021 festival programme, we're delighted to be collaborating with The Royal Photographic Society on their prestigious Science Photographer of the Year competition, which will have a 'climate' subcategory for the first time.

🖼️ The shortlisted images will be displayed in an exhibition as part of Manchester Science Festival.

Watch out for more festival highlights coming up over the next few months. Find out more: https://bit.ly/2E2RmPk

#onthisday 1830 The Liverpool and Manchester Railway officially opened🚂 It was the first urban railway purpose-built to ...
15/09/2020

#onthisday 1830 The Liverpool and Manchester Railway officially opened🚂 It was the first urban railway purpose-built to carry both passengers and goods and it ran directly into our site 🚂 Find out more here: https://bit.ly/3cbzE9b

The inaugural journey was far from a smooth ride though. This blog from People's History Museum looks at why poverty and voting rights made the railway opening a target for political protest: https://bit.ly/32ynu74

The railway revolutionised the transport of cotton between Manchester’s mills and the port of Liverpool. The railway company made huge profits from its cargoes of cotton, making it inextricably linked to the exploitation of the enslaved people who grew, picked and processed it.

Alongside our colleagues at National Railway Museum, we’re researching further to reveal the connections between railways, industrialisation and the transatlantic slave trade. We look forward to sharing the broader history of this line and other areas of the museum in the future.

To find out more about the Science Museum Group’s commitment to being Open For All, read our blog here: https://bit.ly/33t0JR7

Bust those boxes, save the princess and say a big #HappyBirthday to Super Mario Bros. who arrived on the Nintendo Entert...
13/09/2020
7 influential gaming characters | Museum of Science and Industry

Bust those boxes, save the princess and say a big #HappyBirthday to Super Mario Bros. who arrived on the Nintendo Entertainment System in Japan #OnThisDay 1985 🍄 Mario made our list of influential characters here: https://bit.ly/2RegjKL

Following the announcement that Power UP will return to Manchester this summer, we take a look at some of the most influential characters in gaming’s long history.

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Museum opening times: Since reopening on 14 August, the Science and Industry Museum is open on Wednesday - Sundays, 10.00 - 17.00 Visit our website to book a free museum admission ticket. Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP

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It's a story that we're uniquely placed to tell—on the site of the oldest surviving passenger railway station, in the heart of the world’s first industrial city, today alive with innovative discoveries in science and technology.

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Here is a product of Manchester, a 1912 Crossley Competition car. It was regarded as the fastest road car at the time and had a tremendous competition history. https://www.facebook.com/EdwardianMotorSport
Please note, the aerospace section is closed. This was not visibly advertised on any media and was left rather disappointed that a significant section is shut
Bit of forgotten Manchester industrial history in Lagos, Portugal. Two Gorton built Beyer Peacock locomotives from 1889/90 which haven’t seen the light of day in many decades! https://www.facebook.com/268253043221039/posts/3132691783443803/
Happy Easter
Will the museum be staying open in the current climate.
Given the advice today to avoid pubs, clubs, restaurants and theatres is The Sun event still on tomorrow?
46100 Royal Scot steaming around Manchester last Saturday!