Summer Listings:

Imagine It, Make It, Move It
Now on until 31 August
10.00am – 5.00pm
Suitable for all ages

Imagine it, Make it, Move it is a summer event for all ages full of imagination and creativity. Celebrate the science of innovation throughout the school holidays with a programme bursting with events across the museum’s historic site.

In the Inventors Wanted show – join a talented team of Museum Explainers in this interactive story time session as they bring to life the engaging tale of inventor Hans Renold. Join him in his workshop as they test his inventions and discover how Hans changed the world of transport forever.  Running alongside this is the Revolution Manchester Show where audiences can immerse themselves into the story of Manchester and see how MOSI’s historic site has impacted on the wider world. Take part in the free for all and drop-in creative sessions in the Power Hall, and whilst there catch a demonstration of the larger than life machinery as it cranks, pops, fizzes and thunders into life.

Budding scientists and astronauts in particular are in for a treat on the 18 and 19 August, when the Science Museum’s resident comedy team – Punk Science – drop in to take you on a “journey” into space. Packed full of spectacular experiments and demonstrations, this free family show brings science to life and reveals all there is to know about spaceships, satellites, astronauts and the solar system. They will even show you how to build your very own mini rocket whilst embarking on the Punk Science Astronaut Training Programme.

Full Daily Line Up of Imagine It, Make It, Move It Programme:

Inventors Wanted

1830 Warehouse 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm (duration 20-30mins)

Free/Under 8s

Come and help Hans & JK win The Big Penny Farthing Race. This fun, interactive storytelling session puts a creative spin on the development of the modern bicycle.

Inventors Wanted

Inventors Wanted

Revolution Manchester Show

Revolution Manchester Gallery 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm (duration 15mins)

Free/all ages

Manchester built your world. With explosions, flying and even dancing, MOSI will show you how. One problem:  they’ll need your help. This interactive, fun show tells the story of how science and industry came together in Manchester, shaping our lives today.

The #HookedonMusic Quiz Show

Revolution Manchester Gallery 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm (duration 15mins)

Free/ages 8+

Join the Quiz-Master and take part in a live version of the #hookedonmusic game: pop vs rock. Who will be the best at identifying the hook?

Doodlebots Workshop

Power Hall 2pm – 4.30pm (drop in)

Free/all ages

Technical Turner? Mechanical Mattisse? Pump-powered Picasso?
Can robots really make art? Build a Doodlebot and make a masterpiece in this fun family workshop.



As well as the regular daily offer as follows;

Manchester Mills

Textiles Gallery 10:30am and 3pm (duration 30mins)

Free/ all ages

What’s a shuttle? Where’s the Devil-Hole? And who’s a scavenger? Learn about the industry that built a city. This thunderous demonstration of historical textile machinery spins, bobs and weaves cotton into cloth.

Engineer Eric’s Difficult Day

Power Hall 12pm (duration 20mins)

Free/ all ages

Forgetful Fireman Fred needs help. Learn how a steam engine works and help Fred take his big test in this fun and interactive show. Just don’t let Engineer Eric know.

Engine Demonstrations

Power Hall 11am, 1pm, and 3:30pm  (duration 20mins)

Free/ all ages

Towering structures. Thunderous motion. Echoing noise. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of 19th-century engines. This powerful demonstration introduces the ideas and machines that caused a world-wide revolution.

Ongoing MOSI Exhibitions:

Pedal Power

Open Now until 1 March 2015

Free Admission

Suitable for all ages

The actual bike ridden to Gold Medal glory in the 2012 London Olympic Games, by two-time Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton CBE is now on display as part of the Museum of Science & Industry’s brand new cycling exhibition, Pedal Power. 

With a grand total of nine world titles, “Queen Vic” ruled the world of women’s track cycling for nearly ten years and her outstanding career was recognised in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list where she was awarded a CBE for her services to cycling.

Also on display alongside this world famous bike are the Museum’s stunning collection of bikes through the ages. 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 stories of the city’s cycling legends, including Britain’s first cycling superstar Reg Harris and 1928 Olympic Silver medalist Jack Sibbit.

Pedal power is a free, family friendly exhibition celebrating everything that is exceptional on two wheels


Runs until 28 September

£7 adults/£5 concessions

Collider has timed entry every 20 mins from 10.20am. Last entry is at 4pm.

Come on a journey inside the largest scientific experiment ever constructed. Buried deep under the border between Switzerland and France, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider is the work of 10,000 men and women from across the globe, united in their quest to uncover the fundamental building blocks of our universe. Blending physics with theatre and video, Collidertakes visitors on a unique behind-the-scenes tour of CERN’s renowned laboratory in Geneva. Visitors can enjoy exclusive access to real CERN artefacts, including parts of the large 15-metre magnets that steer the particle beam and elements from each of the LHC’s four giant detectors.

Collider Events:

13 August

Audience with Jeff Forshaw



Ages 16 +. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Join MOSI for an evening with Jeff Forshaw, Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester and co-author of two best-selling popular science books, The Quantum Universe and Why Does E = mc²? (written with Professor Brian Cox).

Jeff will be discussing the Large Hadron Collider, Higgs particles and more, and inviting questions from the audience.

19 September

Robin Ince is (In and Out) Of His Mind

8.00pm -10.00pm


Ages 16+. *Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Robin Ince – Sony Gold Award winning comedian and science enthusiast (Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox) – presents another in his line of unhinged stand-up comic lectures.

After dabbling in Darwin and Feynman, and cleaning out Schrodinger’s Cat, Robin now delves into his mind and possibly your mind too.

From Freud and Jung to Laing and Milgram, from rats after rewards to insanity cured by ink spots, Robin looks at the last 100 years of psychiatry, psychology and skewiff brain dabblings. Just how hard is it being a self conscious being on planet earth?

Come along, he may cure you.

Last Chance to See:

Open for Business

Closes Sunday 3 August
Free Photographic Exhibition
Suitable for all ages

Open for Business is a stunning photographic exhibition which tells the story of contemporary British manufacturing and industry – through the lens of 9 acclaimed Magnum photographers.

Jonas Bendiksen, Stuart Franklin, Bruce Gilden, David Hurn, Peter Marlow, Martin Parr, Mark Power, Chris Steele-Perkins and Alessandra Sanguinetti visited over 100 workplaces across the UK, from one-man businesses to FTSE 100 companies.

Their photographs take us from traditional, handmade crafts to modern, intelligent automation; from foundries and assembly lines to research laboratories and high tech cleanrooms, showing an economic sector of extraordinary resilience and diversity.

Wellcome Image Awards
Now extended until 14 December 2014
Suitable for all ages

For the first time since the launch of the prestigious Wellcome Image Awards in 1997, the public are invited to ‘come closer’, with a selection of 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.

Zebrafish Embryo

Zebrafish Embryo



Free online game

#HookedOnMusic can be played by logging online to www.

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.

Launched at last year’s Manchester Science Festival at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) the 2013 citizen science programme – #HookedOnMusic – got the world  talking music. The aim was to identify and nominate the catchiest tune – the hook that makes a tune catchy. Celebrities and the general public alike nominated tunes – all in the name of science. The nominated tunes are now part of this brand new and unique #HookedonMusic live online game.

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Liverpool Road
Tel: 0161 832 2244

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