Hooked on Music: Silent Disco
Wednesday 23 March 7.00pm – 10.00pm
£5 Adults (18+) only
Dust off your dancing shoes and warm up your vocal cords as the Hooked on Music Silent Disco returns, featuring catchy songs from our online game Hooked on Music. Expect favourite songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s, with a cash bar open throughout the evening.
PLAY it! Manchester
March 25 – April 17 Prices and Times vary
Recommended for aged 5+
Back by popular demand and in time for the Easter Holiday, is the Museum of Science and Industry’s family friendly and hands-on video gaming event, PLAY it! Manchester. Featuring more consoles, more Minecraft, more games and pretty much more everything, the City Life nominated and much talked about event of 2015 returns to the museum from 25 March to 17 April.
Running as part of the museum’s Power holiday programme for Easter, gamer girls and boys are in for a non- chocolate covered treat. With over 180 systems and thousands of games to play on – from Pong and Pacman to Lego and Halo – there is a game to suit beginners and experts, competitive dads, multiplayers, retro fans and everybody else in between. Booking in advance is recommended via msimanchester.org.uk
Additional Power themed activities will also run at the museum alongside PLAY it! Manchester.
Wear It: A weekend exploring the world of wearable technology
March 12 – 13
Free – Differing age restrictions apply across the various activities
Experience the cutting edge innovations that are revolutionising the things we wear. Play a game with the power of your mind, take a virtual reality tour down a tin mine, adventure through MineCraft using CodeBug gloves, make your own LED tote bag, and see how wearable technology might change the way we live, work and play.
Platform for Investigation: Pi
Saturday 5 March 10.30 – 3.30pm
Free, Suitable for all ages
Where do antibiotics come from? How can we join the fight against antibiotic-resistant bugs?
Bring a teaspoon of soil from your own garden and take part in a live experiment with a team of scientists from Manchester Metropolitan University to find out about the bacteria that help keep us healthy, and the antibiotics we sometimes need to fight off infection. Chat to our researchers and try playing a computer game to find out more about microbes.
You can also visit Manchester Metropolitan University one week later to see the results of your soil sample experiment. Go to the John Dalton Building, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD on Saturday 12 March, between 12-2pm (please use the Chester Street entrance).
Pi: In Focus
For adults 18+
Saturday 5 March, 3.45pm-4.45pm
Can you imagine a future in which the battle against superbugs has been lost? Join us to explore the theme of antimicrobial resistance in more depth, as Professor Joanna Verran from Manchester Metropolitan University leads a special meeting of the Bad Bugs Bookclub. Download Infectious Futures, a collection of short stories by sci-fi authors commissioned by the innovation charity Nesta, and come to discuss both the facts and the fiction.
Heart to Heart
12 February 2016 – 5 June 2016
Taiwanese artist Yu-Chen Wang was the museum’s 2015 artist-in-residence, supported by the Taipei Representative Office in the UK. Her research on machine objects in the museum’s collection has inspired Heart to Heart, an ambitious multimedia presentation that explores the human qualities in machines and includes a science fiction text, live performances, a film and an installation.
It is part of Manchester Art Gallery’s The Imitation Game, an exhibition by eight international contemporary artists that examines the theme of machines and the imitation of life.
Heart To Heart will be displayed across both Manchester Art Gallery and the museum’s historic first class booking hall in the Station Building.
Wellcome Image Awards 2016
Opening 16 March
Free, Suitable for all ages
Wellcome Images is one of the world’s richest and most distinctive image collections, covering themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science. For the third year running, the museum is proud to host 20 award-winning images, created using cutting-edge techniques. Bringing to life the vibrancy of a world of science normally hidden to the naked eye, these stunning and breathe-taking images celebrate what science can generate.
The Innovation Race: Manchester’s Makers Join the First World War
Running until 16 April
Free, Recommended for ages 9+
This family friendly exhibition 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. Tied 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.
Running until 15 May
Free, All Ages
See seas, oceans and tides celebrated in sculptural form by artist Tania Kovats. Winner of Cape Farewell’s James Lovelock Art Commission for 2015 and also a world premiere, Evaporation comprises a range of works including three large-scale metal bowls which reflect the shapes of the world’s oceans with their own salt water hydro-cycle. Also on display is one other of Kovat’s acclaimed work, All The Seas presenting water from all the world’s seas, collected with the help of a global network of people drawn in by the idea of bringing all the waters of the world to one place.
Cravings: Does Your Food Control You?
Running until September
Free, Suitable for ages 11+
From flavours learned in the womb to experiences in adult life, appetites are shaped by food. Through personal stories, the smells of Manchester, fascinating objects and cutting-edge science, this colourful and tasty exhibition explores how food affects the body, brain and eating habits.
Runs Daily (every 20 minutes), 11am – 3.40pm
£4 adults/£3 concessions
Dare you break into the museum, steal the pirate’s treasure and unleash the curse? Go on a swashbuckling, night-time 4D adventure to outwit the ancient spell.
Let the sights, sounds and sensations of the 4D cinema transport you into another dimension. Use all of your senses to make your way through the obstacle course and to escape with the treasure…and your life!