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“Large family outing to MOSI”

Museum of Science & Industry
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US$17.05*
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Manchester Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #4 of 191 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Museum of Science and Industry sits in the heart of Manchester, the world's first industrial city. It houses the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station and the world's first railway warehouse from 1830, which are located at the end of the museum site. On a visit to the museum, you will see amazing objects and learn about the men and women whose ideas changed the world forever. Daily demonstrations bring the museum's world class collection of textile and industrial machinery to life. There are interactive exhibits to explore and a regular programme of changing exhibitions to enjoy.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

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!

Thank Estherinmalaga2012
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Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

Housed in the first passenger railway station in the world, the place where the UK set its first unified time zone. A tribute to great Northern Engineers and the future.

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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

It’s a nice place to spend your time during a visit at Manchester, but personally I have seen better ones.. I don’t say that is not worth to be visited, but is not the museum that I was expecting.. my son enjoy more his visit since is interesting on Robots and the gallery with the robots are the diamond of the museum even if you have to pay to enter at the specific room.. I didn’t like the way they use people by telling them that is Free entrance, but when you reach the entrance they are asking for a donation instead , if you want they tells you..Personally I will not visit again the specific museum, but if someone ask me I will mentioned to them the positive and the negatives, so will decide by himself

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Reviewed 8 January 2018

This is a fascinating place! Plan a day to do it justice. If you are visiting in winter and its cold make sure you wrap up well, 'cos on the day we visited there was little heating in the Power Hall or The Aerospace Hall, over the road. Hence the 4 star rating. Go in by train or tram to save on the hassle of driving. Both stations are within 500m (1/4 mile in old money) from the museum. The cafe is well stocked and good value.

Thank Gary W
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

Kids aged 10 and 12 loved the museum and trying out the different activities. Best of all it's free, optional donation.

Thank Cheryl H
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