Friday 22 January 7-10pm
Ages 18+
Tickets £3.60 (Includes complimentary drink)
Winter days will be brightened up in January with the museum’s three day weekender dedicated to the Light Fantastic. From 22-24 January, the many surprising uses and wonders of light will be explored and uncovered through free and drop-in events for all the family.
An adults only Late, on  Friday 22 January, invites bright sparks aged 18 and over to get their groove on at an LED and Laser themed disco, complete with fire-breathing and live tunes provided by illuminated instruments.

23 – 24 January 10.00-5.00pm
Suitable for all ages
Brighten up your winter weekends with a trip to the museum from 23-24 January to experience the wonders of light. From laser drumming and glow in the dark face painting to indoor fire-works and light forensics, together with a pop-up planetarium – the museum will be aglow all day, shining a great big spotlight on all things luminous.


Platform for Investigation: Pi
Monthly from 9 January 10.30 – 3.30pm
Suitable for all ages
Visit MSI every month for a slice of Pi: Platform for Investigation. These free, drop in and hands-on contemporary science sessions explore different themes every month, led by scientists, artists, technologists and researchers on a bespoke and pop-up science platform. Ask questions, take part in experiments, create take home artwork and experience science up close in the heart of the museum. Last year’s monthly Pi sessions covered many different themes from stroke awareness to the wonders of light, the science behind cycling to the basics of particle physics. These informal monthly sessions truly bring science to life through participatory and playful activities for all the family.
Pop in to the museum on 9 January, where the first Pi of the year explores the wonders of the universe and space. Take part in demonstrations to show warping of space-time and the scale of space. Discover the phases of the moon, chat with scientists and weather permitting, get hands on with solar telescopes.

Friday 29 January 10:30 – 12:00
1,2,3 Let’s Count
£3 for one child and one adult
These popular monthly creative activity sessions for under-6s feature puppets and storytelling to introduce the wonders of science to knee-high explorers and budding boffins. This month’s session explores numbers – which adds up to a morning of science-tastic fun.


Wellcome Image Awards 2015
Running until 1 March
Station Building
Suitable for all ages
For the second year running, the Museum of Science & Industry is delighted to be one of just a handful of UK science centres and venues selected by the Wellcome Trust, to exhibit the winning entries in the prestigious and coveted Wellcome Image Awards. Showcasing the best in science imaging talent and techniques, these 20 brand new and award winning images are on display in the stunning surrounds of the museum’s original and oldest surviving First Class Waiting Room.

The Innovation Race: Manchester’s Makers Join the First World War
Running until 16 April
Station Building
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
1830 Warehouse
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
1830 Warehouse
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.


Steam Sweat And Sewers
13 – 21 February 2016
Free (Fairground Ride Charges apply)
All ages

Experience the smells, sounds and sights of Victorian life at the Museum of Science and Industry this Half Term when Steam Sweat and Sewers returns for nine jam-packed, fun-filled days from 13 – 21 February.  This family friendly extravaganza – complete with Victorian Fairground – brings to life the vibrant, noisy and steam-powered days of 19th Century Manchester.

Saturday 13 February 10.30-3.30
Suitable for all ages
Can you tell the difference between an adult penguin and a chick? Drop in to the monthly Platform for Investigation to find out more…Explores the world of citizen science, from penguin spotting to identifying distant galaxies. Discover how you can get involved to highlight the local or global problems that affect us all.


4D Cinema
The Lost World 4D
Runs Daily (every 20 minutes)
11am – 3.40pm
£4 adults/£3 concessions
Stressed executive Bob thinks he’s on his way to a deserted island for a relaxing holiday, but finds himself in a lost world inhabited with prehistoric dinosaurs.
Fierce Raptors, flying Pterosaurs, giant Triceratops and the mighty T-Rex roam the land, while Bob and his rescuer Professor Lizzie must outrun them to survive. Take a wild Jeep ride through dense, tropical rainforest, and soar above this forgotten island in the flight of your life.