From evening events and retro gaming to Manchester’s famous industrial heritage, explore 250 years of innovations and world-changing ideas at the Science and Industry Museum.

Check out some highlights from the museum’s current and upcoming calendar that make it great for grown-ups.

Museum After Hours | Thu 5 Oct | £10/£8

This October, a special adults-only event offers the opportunity to experience the museum’s various exhibitions and galleries after closing time, this includes access to Power Up, Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You, Revolution Manchester, and the Textiles and Experiment galleries. Guests will also be able to take in a unique audio-visual spectacle, with Paul Miller’s stunning MicroCosmic having been adapted specially for the event, taking visitors on a journey from the microscopic to the infinite vastness of the universe.

The museum bar will be open and serving a range of wines, beers and non-alcoholic drinks, making for one of the most unique nights out Manchester has to offer.


Stephen Hawking at Work | Until Sun 25 Feb | Free

Offering a captivating insight into the working life and personality of the world’s most famous theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking at Work features a collection of incredible personal objects from Hawking’s office that were specially acquired for the nation by the Science Museum Group back in May 2021.

This includes a rare copy of Hawking’s PhD thesis (one of only five known copies in existence), his specially adapted spectacles and an invitation to the time travellers’ party that Hawking hosted. The display also explores Hawking’s lesser-known ties with Manchester and the role that Jodrell Bank played in reinforcing his Big Bang theory.

Power Up | Weekends and daily during school holidays | £8/£7/£6

Take a hands-on, nostalgic journey through the past five decades of gaming, with more than a hundred different consoles available to pick up and play. Whether it’s Pong, Pacman, Sonic or Street Fighter, all tastes and old favourites are catered to, along with a collection of titles created right here in Manchester.

Revolution Manchester | Open daily | Free

A celebration of the city’s leading role in the country’s creative industries, and Manchester’s pioneering influence in modern-day travel, the Revolution Manchester Gallery features an eclectic mix of objects each telling their own unique stories of our illustrious scientific history. From one of the first-ever Rolls-Royce motorcars and in-depth stories of the eternal legacy of Factory Records to ‘Baby’, a working replica of the Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine — the ancestor of every modern computer.

Science and Industry Museum,
Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4FP
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Thu 28 Sep 2023