The Museum of Science and Industry is a museum dedicated to the city’s achievements in science, technology and industry. With extensive displays of transport, power (water, electricity, steam and gas engines), textiles and computing, the museum has something on display for everyone.
As an Anchor Point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage, the museum is situated on the site of the world’s first railway station – Manchester Liverpool Road Railway Station, which opened in 1830. To highlight this, the museum offers steam train rides to visitors and the frontage of the train station still stands today. The museum organises an annual week long science festival each October for families and adults, incorporating over 100 events.
The aim of the Manchester Museum of Transport is to preserve and promote the public transport heritage of Greater Manchester. Holding one of the largest collections of vehicles of its kind in the UK, the museum rotates its exhibits regularly and you will often see some of the vehicles attending events around the country during the summer.
The collections within the museum are developed and restored regularly, and visitors can often see the work taking place, allowing the displays to have a lively, working atmosphere. The museum is home to around 100 buses, two trolleybuses and the prototype of the Manchester Metrolink Tram, as well as many other exhibits from old signs to uniforms – including several items used by Warner Bros during the filming of Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban.
Manchester Cathedral is the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Manchester, seat of the bishop and the city’s parish church. The medieval church is located in Victoria Street in the city centre and it was extensively refaced, restored and extended in Victorian times and again following bomb damage in the 20th century.
The church is one of fifteen Grade 1 listed buildings in Manchester and the Hanging Bridge which was built in the 15th century to be the main approach to the church is now the main attraction and monument. This was buried for more than 100 years and it now also houses a shop and an exhibition room.
Manchester Museum displays works of archaeology, anthropology and natural history, and is sited at the heart of the university’s neo-gothic buildings. With over 4.5 million items from every continent on the globe, it is the UK’s largest university museum, visited by over 360,000 people per year.
Using its international collection of human and natural history for enjoyment and inspiration, the museum works with people from all backgrounds to provoke debate and reflection about the past, present and future of the earth. With newly opened Living World and Ancient World collections with interactive displays, visitors will be taken on a journey of discovery through history.