Museum of Science and Industry

#5 in Best Things To Do in Manchester
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Key Info

Liverpool Road

Price & Hours

Free

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Museums, Free Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The Museum of Science and Industry is an extensive museum spread across five buildings with exhibits that range from textiles to electricity to the railways. With its industrial history in cotton production, Manchester is a good spot for such a museum. One of the newest galleries is the interactive "Revolution Manchester," where visitors will be challenged by a number of games and tasks having to do with everything from transport to the structure of matter. Other must-do experiences include walking through a Victorian-era sewer, admiring the display of old aircrafts and completing some of your own experiments.

In addition to perusing the museum's displays, one TripAdvisor user recommends enjoying some of the programs and demonstrations: "Although the exhibits were good in themselves, they were brought to life by the interesting talks given by some very excellent staff."

MOSI is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is located in the Castlefield neighborhood and is accessible via the Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink tram stop. Admission is technically free, but the museum suggests giving a donation of £3 GBP (or $5 USD). For more information, visit the museum's website.

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The University of Manchester's John Rylands Library is known as much for its beautiful architecture as it is for its collection of rare books and manuscripts. The impressive gothic structure took 10 years to build — after plans were drawn up in 1889, the library finally opened to the public in 1900. Among its vast collection are medieval illuminated manuscripts, featuring a copy of Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales;" the personal letters and papers of notable figures like Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell; and even a Gutenberg Bible. There are also a handful of rotating exhibits."

One TripAdvisor user compared the ambiance of the John Rylands Library to the library from Harry Potter's Hogwarts with its own restricted section and dragon carvings. This user also had some practical advice: "If you need to nip into the loo, use those on the second floor rather than the basement — fine old Victorian craftsmanship on display, with lovely comfortable wooden seats!"

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