Pi: Platform for Investigation: Fuel for Your Body, Fuel for Your Car
10.30 – 3.30pm
For all ages
Can we really use water to run our cars? When is a tummy bug a good thing? Find out in the second Pi of 2015, run this month in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University. Drop in to examine how bugs can help your health and how water can be turned into horsepower.
Pi: Platform for Investigation showcases cutting edge science up close and offers visitors of all ages the unique opportunity to explore – for free – the wonders of science creatively and in the company of leading researchers and scientists.
Steam Sweat and Sewers
14 – 22 February
10.00 – 5.00pm
Free (fairground charges will apply)
Suitable for all ages
Experience the smells, sounds and sights of Victorian life at the Museum of Science & Industry this Half Term when Steam Sweat and Sewers returns for nine jam-packed, fun-filled days from 14 – 22 February, supported by United Utilities. From story-telling to slime-making, fairground fun to photo-booth frivolity – this family friendly extravaganza brings to life the vibrant, noisy and steam-powered days of 19th Century Manchester.
Adults: £3 + one child
Suitable for all under 6s
Join MOSI for their popular, creative and monthly activity sessions for under 6s – where puppets and storytelling bring science to life for toddlers. Booking is highly recommended as these sessions do sell out.
Museum of Science & Industry Exhibitions:
Until 1 March 2015
Suitable for all ages
Whether a bike fanatic or a cycling novice, the Pedal Power exhibition explores and explains Manchester’s rich cycling heritage. From bone-shaker bikes and Empire Games medals, to contemporary track bikes and hi-tech skin suits, Pedal Power is a celebration of track cycling, technology and teamwork. Take a virtual trip around our mini reconstruction of the Manchester Velodrome, explore the science behind British Cycling’s recent successes and pit yourself against Olympic greats on our time trial bike. Discover the illuminating stories of the city’s cycling legends, including Britain’s first cycling superstar Reg Harris and 1928 Olympic Silver medalist Jack Sibbit.
The actual bike ridden to Gold Medal glory in the 2012 London Olympic Games, by two-time Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton CBE is also on display in this free, family friendly exhibition celebrating everything that is exceptional on two wheels.
Wellcome Image Awards 2014
Until 1 March 2014
Suitable for all ages
Get up close to science at its rawest and most intimate in this stunning Wellcome Image Awards exhibition – featuring 18 award-winning images that celebrate the best in science imaging talent and techniques. From an x-ray of a bat to a kidney stone, a head louse egg to a cross section of a flower bud – 18 stunning images created by medical professionals and image makers, enable the public to see minute detail of the wonders that can be found in the world both around and within us. Encased in light boxes, these illuminating images are displayed in the Museum of Science & Industry’s original First Class waiting room – the oldest surviving passenger railway station in the world.
3D: Printing the Future
Until 19 April 2015
Open daily 10am – 5pm
Suitable for all
Try it. Perfect it. Print it. Join the 3D printing revolution at MOSI. From printed knickers and a synthetic heart, to printed pills and skull scaffolds, visit our hugely popular 3D printing exhibition to discover how this revolutionary technology could change your life. Featuring over 500 3D printed objects, this visually stunning installation celebrates and illustrates how 3D printing inspires creativity and ground-breaking design. It is also fitting that these state of the art objects created by one of the most innovative technologies of today are on display in the Museum’s historic 1830 Warehouse, the worlds’ first railway warehouse and thus the most innovative building of its day.
Wellcome Sexology Season: Let’s talk about Sex – Late
Wednesday 11 March
7pm – 10pm
Strictly 18+ only
Free (£5 for speed dating bookable in advance only)
Why do we get jealous? Does love exist? Why do we fancy people? Forget about matters of the heart. This is science. Join us at the museum after dark for a night of all things biological – from tongue tingling aphrodisiacs and sensual sexperiments to scientific speed dating and a glimpse of the science behind sex.
The Innovation Race: Manchester’s Makers Join the First World War
Opens 28 March 2015
Recommended for ages 9+
What connected sprinklers, shells and scientists to put Manchester’s makers on the map in Britain’s attempt to win the First World War? Uncover the answers to this and other surprising facts in the World Premiere of the Museum of Science & Industry’s debut war exhibition from 28 March. The Innovation Race: Manchester’s Makers Join the First World War features over 30 unique and original never before seen artefacts, images and documents to bring to life the largely untold stories of how Mancunian innovation helped to turn around the outcome of the First World War.
Opening to tie in with the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Ministry of Munitions, this family friendly exhibition – complete with hands-on gadgets – commemorates David Lloyd George’s visit to Manchester where his rally call for the city’s makers to step up their war effort resulted in the overwhelming support from the ordinary factory worker to the most eminent scientists and engineers.
It brought Oldham factory owner and electrical engineer Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti to the fore and this brand new, year-long exhibition pays homage to his significant and life-changing contribution to the First World War.Through never seen before letters and company archives, The Innovation Race: Manchester’s Makers Join the First World War highlights the vital role the entire Ferranti family played in leading Britain to victory.
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