The Museum of Science and Industry is devoted to inspiring their visitors through ideas that change the world, from the Industrial Revolution to today and beyond.
It’s a story they're uniquely placed to tell—on the site of the oldest surviving passenger railway station, in the heart of the world’s first industrial city, today alive with innovative discoveries in science and technology.
Collection and cultural programme
The Museum of Science and Industry cares for a globally important heritage site comprising 5 listed buildings, two of them listed Grade 1. This site was the original terminus of the world’s first inter-city railway and our characteristic 1830 Warehouse epitomises Manchester’s 19th-century reputation as the "warehouse of the western world".
Key objects in the collection include:
The models used by John Dalton to demonstrate his atomic theory, laying the foundations of modern chemistry
Parts from the world’s first commercially available computer, the Ferranti Mark 1
One of the world’s largest collections of working steam mill engines, which you can see in action in the Power Hall
Daily demonstrations from spinning to weaving on original machines in our Textiles Gallery
They combine the distinctive appeal of the historic site with a vibrant contemporary science programme, making connections between the past and the present, between scientific theory and real-world applications.