This winter, the Science and Industry Museum invites visitors of all ages to brighten up the gloomier months with an adventure-packed seasonal programme which explores the wonder of light and colour, takes an immersive journey through a world-premiere exhibition, hosts an intergenerational gaming extravaganza and more.

Whether you’re looking to spend some quality time together or a festive family treat, here are some highlights from the Science and Industry Museum’s winter programme to help you plan your visit.

Entry to the museum, including the special holiday programme, is free. Additional charges apply for special exhibitions. For more information about the museum’s full schedule and to book your tickets, click here. The museum is closed 24–26 Dec and Mon 1 Jan.

Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You | The Science and Industry Museum | Until Sun 9 Jun 2024 | From £9 (under-3s free)

Running daily until June, the Science and Industry Museum brings the smash-hit educational BBC Children’s TV series to life with an unforgettable, immersive journey of super-sized science. Beginning at the mouth, visitors travel through the body ‘as a poo’, embarking on a fascinatingly unique and gleefully gross odyssey through the human digestive system with Dr. Chris, Dr. Xand and Dr. Ronx – who will pop up digitally throughout the exhibition – passing a range of interactive activities and displays designed to illuminate the science of our inner ‘poo-duction’ line.

operation ouch

Power UP | Weekends and school holidays | £6-£8

Open every day during the holiday programme, ‘ultimate gaming experience’ Power Up transports gamers across the generations on a wild and wonderful winter adventure through five decades of iconic video games, featuring an endless selection of classic playable titles across over a hundred consoles, from Pac-Man, Pong and Sonic to latest-gen physics engines, jaw-dropping VR systems and fresh Playstation releases.

power up at science and industry museum

The Light Lab | Until Sun 7 Jan | FREE

Free to visit until Sun 7 Jan, guests at the museum can create colours, experiment with reflections and create spellbinding visual tricks in the Light Lab, which returns for a second year of family fun and insightful entertainment for all ages.

the light lab at science and industry museum

Light Fantastic | Until Sun 7 Jan | FREE

In the breathtaking interactive science show Light Fantastic, you can experience the journey from the Sun to Earth in a captivating visual treat led by the museum’s expert Explainers. Visitors will learn about the ways in which light travels through our atmosphere, discover the scorching science of solar flares and gaze in wonder at real NASA footage of the aurora borealis.

the light fantastic science museum

Experiment | Open daily | FREE

For a taste of science in action, kids and grown-ups alike can explore the endless excitement of the museum’s free, permanent gallery Experiment, a hands-on area for all ages in which you can see through walls, shake hands with yourself, build towers and see if you’re strong enough to lift a car with one hand.

experiment gallery science industry museum

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The Science and Industry Museum,
Liverpool Rd, Manchester, M3 4FP
, 10am-5pm
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Tue 19 Dec 2023