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Liverpool Road

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Free

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The Science and Industry Museum is an extensive museum spread across five buildings with exhibits that range from textiles to electricity to the development of railways. You'll find the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station built in 1830, as well as the interactive "Revolution Manchester," where visitors will be challenged by a number of games and tasks that test the user's knowledge of everything from energy and nuclear fusion to coding. Other must-do experiences include admiring the display of old aircraft and trying your hand at the flight simulator.

Families raved about the museum, saying it's great for all ages thanks to its variety of interactive exhibits.

The Science and Industry Museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is located on Liverpool Road and is accessible via the Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink tram stop. Admission is free, but there are fees for some activities and special exhibits. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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