MOSI Exhibitions:
Closing soon:
Harmonious Society – Asia Triennial Manchester 14
26 September – 23 November
Suitable for all

The Asia Triennial showcases emerging and established artists from across Asia in response to the 2014 theme, ‘Conflict and Compassion’. The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) is hosting “Harmonious Society”, as part of the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Arts programme, and a key strand of this year’s Triennial.

“Harmonious Society” features over 30 major artists from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong in partner venues across the city.

Ongoing Exhibitions:
3D: Printing the Future
Open Now 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 3D printed pills and skull scaffolds, visit our recently opened exhibition to discover how 3D printing is about to 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.

The Sounds of Others: A Biophonic Line
Open now until 23 November
Open daily 10am – 5pm
Suitable for all

Inspired by the scientific investigation and approach of renowned scientist James Lovelock, this unique sound installation invites the audience into the mysterious world of animal communication to reveal connections between them through their sounds. From bats to insects, amphibians to whales – this atmospheric and largely sound based experience brings awareness to the minute but discernible connections between animal song and calls.
Pedal Power
Open Now until 1 March 2015
Free Admission
Suitable for all ages

Whether a bike fanatic or a cycling novice, this intimate and engaging 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 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
Now extended until 14 December 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.

Pi: Platform for Investigation:
November 8
Free – Drop In
Suitable for all ages

Illusions are more than just a bit of fun. Join the University of Manchester to discover the science behind these strange images.
From funny to just plain weird, there will be depth illusions, after images, 3D magic, moving wheels, face illusions, missing shapes and more.
Help university researchers find out how susceptibility to different illusions relates to our perceptual and cognitive abilities.
This event is part of the Festival of Social Science.

Pi at the Platform for Investigation is the Museum’s monthly contemporary science programme showcasing cutting edge research, live experiments and art and science collaborations.
28 November: Things That Move
Adults: £3 + one child
Suitable for all under 6s
Join us at MOSI at our popular, creative and monthly activity sessions for under 6s – where puppets and storytelling bring science to life for toddlers.

Light Painting
Sunday 21 and Sunday 28 December
11am; 1pm; 3pm Each session is 90 minutes long
Free but booking is essential
Suitable for ages 7+
Ever tried to paint in the dark? Imagine the mess! That’s exactly what we’re going to do, but we won’t spill a drop – and that’s because we’ll be painting with light. Join us at MOSI for this fantastic and creative session as part of the Museum’s Winter programme, celebrating and exploring the theme of light.

You’ll be able to take away the painting you created during the workshop, and we’ll equip you with the skills and knowledge you’ll need to create your own long shutter-speed light paintings at home.

Participants need to bring:

  • Camera with manual function (or ability to control shutter speed manually) and fully charged battery
  • Tripod
  • Empty memory card
  • Camera instructions

Winter season at MOSI
20 December – 4 January 2015
Closed 24,25,26 December and 1 January
Running 11am – 2.30pm
Suitable for all
Light up the city this winter with a host of free, family friendly activities at MOSI. Take part in light themed storytelling, test out electrical inventions, discover the science behind glow sticks and create your own piece of light craft to take home.

Free online game
#HookedOnMusic can be played by logging online to:

Play now and support science!

HookedOnMusic has been developed to explore the science behind what makes a musical hook. This brand new and interactive fun game has been created by computational musicologist Dr John Ashley Burgoyne and his team at the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht, with the support of citizen science expert and Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, Erinma Ochu. These scientists hope that the results from #HookedOnMusic will aid future research into Alzheimer’s disease. This game aims to help scientists predict the catchiest musical fragments and devise ways to trigger memories and provide therapeutic benefits.

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