I have visited MOSI many times over the years. When my children were younger it was one of their favourite places to go on a wet day. We hadn't been for a couple of years, so decided to take our My brother's family when they came to stay.
Unfortunately it was rather a disappointment. It was 29th December, so I guess they may have reduced staffing and so closed things over Christmas, but even the exhibits were a bit of a let down. I suspect funding cuts may be partly to blame, as this used to be a great fun, educational day out.
None of the engines were operating in the steam hall, presumably due to staff holidays. 'Underground Manchester' was closed because of damp.
The experiment section, which we have particularly enjoyed in the past, had several exhibits that weren't working or had pieces missing. The soft play area for younger children had hardly anything in it, whereas it used to be full of big, brightly coloured foam shapes.
The area downstairs with draws of interesting things to look at had the wrong things in some of the draws and no information beyond names.
We ended up spending most of our time in the textiles area and the air and space hall, then heading to the Arndale Centre! The textile area was well worth a visit, but could do with more information boards. One of our guests commented that it would be good if the boards were numbered too, so you follow the processes or historical events through in order, because there isn't an obvious route through.
Before I take guests again, I will telephone to check what's open!
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